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Protecting Your & Your Child's Best Interests

Child custody orders become necessary when two parents cannot agree on which parent has legal and / or physical custody of their children. This could be because the parents have or are getting a divorce, or because the parents live separately from one another.

Connecticut General Statutes § 46b-56b states that, in any custody dispute, there is a presumption that it is in the best interests of the child. The rights and responsibilities of both parents are taken into account, but if the court decides that it would be detrimental to the child to permit one parent to have custody, then that parent will be denied custody. This means that, in order to obtain custody, you must prove that it is in the best interests of the child.

Need a Custody Attorney in Middlesex County, CT?

Happy Even After knows the laws and procedures surrounding child custody in Connecticut. Our legal team will always keep your interests and those of your children in mind when handling your child custody case. Divorce is a very difficult experience for children and we will do everything we can to handle the process with compassion and professionalism while still fighting for the best possible results.

Call (203) 288-7800 for a case evaluation with a Middlesex County child custody lawyer.

Types of Custody in Connecticut

Custody laws vary from state to state. In Connecticut, there are several different types of custody: legal custody and physical custody, which can be either sole or joint.

  • Legal Custody - The parent or parents who receive legal custody make all legal decisions on behalf of the child, including their educational and medical decisions.
  • Physical Custody - The parent or parents who receive physical custody are responsible for the physical and emotional needs of the child, including housing, clothing, food, hygiene, and emotional support and encouragement.
  • Sole Custody - This means that only one parent is granted custody, whether it is legal, physical, or both.
  • Joint Custody - Both parents share in the decision-making, whether it is legal, physical, or both.

Understanding Joint Custody in Connecticut

When it comes to child custody in Connecticut, one option that parents may consider is joint custody. Joint custody allows both parents to share the responsibilities and decision-making for their child, even if they are no longer together as a couple. Our experienced Middlesex County child custody attorney can help you navigate the complexities of joint custody and ensure that your and your child's best interests are protected.

Benefits of joint custody include:

  • Ensuring both parents have an active role in their child's life
  • Promoting a sense of stability and consistency for the child
  • Encouraging cooperation and communication between parents
  • Allowing both parents to be involved in important decisions regarding the child's upbringing

Whether you are considering joint custody as part of your divorce or are seeking to modify an existing custody arrangement, our team at Happy Even After, Family Law is here to provide the guidance and support you need.

How can a divorce attorney help me?

When fighting for custody, you need to prove to the court that your child's best interests can only be met if you are the one with custody. By retaining a Middlesex County divorce attorney from Happy Even After, you will have a strong legal advocate on your side who knows the law and who is familiar with the local family law courts.

Our divorce attorneys provide caring counsel and support coupled with relentless courtroom representation. We will give everything we have to get the results that are best for you and your children. Protect the future of your child or children by retaining an attorney from our team today.

Contact a lawyer from Happy Ever After today at (203) 288-7800 for a consultation on your Connecticut child custody battle!

Connecticut Child Custody FAQ

What factors does the court consider in determining child custody in CT?

The court considers various factors such as the child's relationship with each parent, the ability of each parent to provide for the child's needs, the child's adjustment to their home, school, and community, and any history of domestic violence or substance abuse.

Can grandparents or other relatives petition for custody?

Yes, under certain circumstances, grandparents or other relatives can petition for custody. It is advisable to seek legal counsel to understand the specific requirements and options available.

How does the court determine the best interests of the child in a custody case in CT?

The court considers the physical and mental health of the parents, the child's preferences if they are old enough to express them, the willingness of each parent to encourage a close and continuing relationship between the child and the other parent, and any other relevant factors that may affect the child's well-being.

What is the difference between legal custody and physical custody?

Legal custody refers to the authority to make legal decisions for the child, while physical custody pertains to the day-to-day care and residence of the child. Both types of custody can be either sole or joint, depending on the specific circumstances of the case.

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