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How does California define an "unfit parent"?

Many divorcing parents in Sacramento and elsewhere think that the determination of child custody will depend upon whether the court finds one parent or the other to be "unfit." In such cases, one or both parents may strive to persuade their lawyers to introduce evidence proving that the other parent is "unfit" to have either sole or joint custody of their children. Such efforts are generally wasted because California law does not use the concept of parental fitness to determine child custody and visitation issues. Instead, the courts focus on the kind of environment that each parent can provide and how the child will fare in that environment.

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