Below is the assignment copied from my school. I am just looking for help finding the California law that applies to this. I cannot determine if California requires a parenting plan.
Determine how the courts of your state of residence (California) view parenting plans. In a well-written memo, set forth the law of your jurisdiction which deals with the issue of whether the family courts consider the parenting plan as a general guide, or whether it is generally incorporated into the court's order. Do the courts of your jurisdiction require a parenting plan? If your state does not require a parenting plan, how does it deal with this issue? Additionally, if your state does not require a parenting plan, take a look at how a neighboring state views parenting plans for comparison. What is your opinion of your states views on parenting plans? If you looked at more than one state, which state has the better procedure, in your opinion? Make sure to include your references with your paper. A minimum of 2 outside sources must be used. This assignment should be approximately 3 pages in length.
CALIFORNIA seeks to determine the best interest of the child, the California Family Code governs, see particularly Division 8.
Joint custody is preferred, per section 3010, the mother and the father are equally entitled to the custody of the child.
Also see section 3011 for factors the court considers in making an order regarding custody and determining the best interest of the child.
In addition, per section 3042: a child of sufficient age and capacity can make a preference as to custody and visitation, ...