Children And Divorce
For parents who are getting divorced, determining child custody and visitation schedules is the most significant issue needing resolution. Every parent wants to see their children as much as possible, and the prospect of not being able to do so can be troubling.
At [nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-1″], we understand your anxiety over this unresolved aspect of your divorce and will do everything we can to alleviate it. Our experienced legal team has helped literally hundreds of clients create parenting plans, review custody options and explore legal routes that make sense in their situation. Our goal is to find an arrangement that works for everyone. We have many satisfied clients throughout the Hartford area, and we can navigate your situation as well.
What Is In The Best Interest Of The Child?
When child custody comes before the court in a traditional litigated divorce, a judge will consider several factors. Above all, the court will attempt to determine what is in the best interest of the child. When making that decision, the court will assess:
- The stability of each parent’s living situation
- Each parent’s ability to meet the child’s needs
- Whether each parent wants custody
- The relationship the child has with each parent
- This child’s own wishes, if they are old enough
Connecticut courts generally consider it optimal for parents to share both legal and physical custody of the child, but extenuating circumstances can change this. As your legal counsel, our goal is to strike an arrangement that is best for the child and you as well.
Visitation And Parenting Plans
To finalize a divorce, you and your former spouse must create a parenting plan, which specifies how much time the child will spend with each parent, how handoffs will take place and other details. You can come to this agreement outside of the courtroom with input from your attorney, if you desire.
It is important to note that these custody discussions need not be a battle. While some situations do require aggressive advocacy on the part of a lawyer, preserving goodwill with your former spouse is always desirable, as you will need to have a working relationship to co-parent successfully. We will work with you to identify this middle ground, protecting the interests of your child while also being fair to all parties.
Get The Help You And Your Child Need
Divorce is a time of huge transition, both for you and your child. Our attorneys will help you navigate this transition successfully and arrive at the best arrangement for your situation.
For questions about child custody, visitation and other family law matters, please reach out to us. You can use our online form or call our office: [nap_phone id=”LOCAL-REGULAR-NUMBER-Local”].