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Child Custody in Connecticut - What You Need to Know

Child Custody in Connecticut - What You Need to Know

Determining child custody is a significant decision. Under Connecticut law, parents are allowed to create a custody plan on their own, but the plan must still be approved by a family court judge. If the parents are not able to agree, the court will examine the facts of the case and issue a binding custody order.

There Are 2 Types of Child Custody

The first type of child custody is physical custody. This refers to where the child will reside, and can be sole or joint. In joint situations, each parent will get a significant or equal amount of time living with the child. In sole custody situations, one parent will share residence with the child, and the other may be eligible for visitation.

The second type of child custody is legal custody. This refers to the ability of each parent to make important decisions regarding the child’s care and upbringing. Joint legal custody will let both parents work together to make decisions for the child, and is usually recommended by Connecticut courts. However, sole legal custody may be necessary in cases involving domestic violence.

Legal custody allows parents to make decisions regarding a child’s:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Religion
  • Extra-curricular activities

Understanding the Best Interests of the Child

In Connecticut, family law decisions are based on the child’s best interests. There are a variety of factors a judge will use to determine which type of custody is in the child’s best interests. These factors include the ability of each parent to care for the child, the age, sex, and health of the child, and the relationship of each parent with the child.

Furthermore, Connecticut family law judges encourage parents to let their children develop positive relationships with the other parent. If a parent puts a child in conflict with the other parent, speaks about the other parent negatively, or discourages the child from building a positive relationship with the other parent, the judge may grant less custody time.

Call Our Hamden Family Law Attorneys Today at (203) 687-4050

At Goldblatt, Marquette & Rashba, PC we are dedicated to meeting clients’ legal needs. If you are seeking custody of your child, our compassionate team can walk you through the process. We will answer your questions, represent you in court, and help you file the necessary paperwork.

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