Every state in America uses the barometer of what's best for the children in instances when parents separate. Courts of law want to ensure that a child's welfare is at the forefront of every child custody matter in California and, in doing so, use some yardsticks by which to measure what is, in fact, in the best interests of kids. One important thing courts look at to decide custody is the living situation of the child.
There is the issue of privacy if the noncustodial parent is not the same gender as his or her child. That could mean that the child has his or her own bedroom and possibly bathroom in order to get dressed in private. A judge will look at each situation differently, however, depending upon the circumstances. Space is often a consideration, though.
Space is also important when there is more than one child involved. More space may be needed for visits, especially when they're overnight ones. A judge may not look favorably on three kids sharing one bedroom. Finances will be taken into consideration as well -- but again, a judge will make his or her decision based on individual circumstances. Lastly, child safety and the kids' ability to adjust to new situations will also be considered.
Child custody laws in California are very definitive in that judges want what appears to be the best scenario for the children. Speaking with an experienced attorney may give an individual insight into what the court looks for when determining custody. A lawyer may be able to help his or her client to be better prepared for the child custody process.