What does it mean if the judge crosses off the petitioner’s name on a child custody form?

My spouse did not file a response to the divorce petition. I filed a request for default. On the custody form, I wrote both our names under physical and legal custody. The paperwork was all returned, accepted by the judge. The judge had crossed off the repondents name under legal and physical custody and stamped his name next to it.

Asked on January 16, 2013 under Family Law, California


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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Given what you have written as to a default against your spouse and the crossing off of his name on the legal and physical custody of the minor children such means that your spouse has no legal or physical custody of the children. Only you do.

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