If you are facing a divorce with children, you may have many questions about the types of child custody and how to pursue your child custody goals. It is very important to have an experienced child custody lawyer on your side during this process. The results of a child custody case will affect the relationship you share with your child for a lifetime.
At Patriot Law Group, our family law attorneys are well versed in the types of child custody and know how to focus on the best interest of the child based on the facts and circumstances presented to us from our client. Our family law practice is equipped to handle complex and contentious child custody matters for clients throughout Connecticut.
To schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with a Connecticut-Licensed family law attorney at any of our office locations, call 1-800-459-PATRIOT or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We represent clients from Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, Norwich, Stamford and throughout Connecticut.
Child Custody in Connecticut
Decisions involving where your children are going to live are usually the most sensitive and difficult part of a divorce or paternity action. We always try to help our clients keep the child's best interests in mind when making custody decisions. Your lawyer should be sensitive to the fact that your children are at the forefront of your concerns during your divorce process. As parents ourselves, we dedicate ourselves to offering the most compassionate advice for you with regards to your children and your divorce.
We also provide our family lawyers with the kind of focused, real-world training that most other firms do not. This helps us pursue your legal rights and advise you on the types of child custody:
- Legal custody: Legal custody involves the decision-making rights of parents over such issues as education, medical care, religious upbringing and the overall general welfare of the child. In most cases, parents share legal custody.
- Physical custody: This refers to the primary residence of the child. In some cases, shared parenting arrangements allow for the children to spend an equal amount of time at both parents' homes; in other situations, the child has a primary parent and the other is given scheduled or flexible parenting time.
- Temporary custody: This type of court order is common at the beginning of a divorce or separation. It is a temporary arrangement until the parents work out a permanent child custody arrangement.
Connecticut law overwhelmingly favors custodial rights of biological parents over those of grandparents, other family members, relatives or other interested parties. Even still, establishing visitation rights can be accomplished in certain cases when it's deemed to be in th e best interest of the child.
The Joint Custody Presumption in Connecticut
Effective in 2011, Conn. Gen. Stat. §46b-56a states, "There shall be a presumption, affecting the burden of proof, that joint custody is in the best interests of a minor child where the parents have agreed to an award of joint custody or so agree in open court at a hearing for the purpose of determining the custody of the minor child or children of the marriage. If the court declines to enter an order awarding joint custody pursuant to this subsection, the court shall state in its decision the reasons for denial of an award of joint custody."
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In our experience, we have found that clients who are informed about the Connecticut divorce process are more likely to obtain better outcomes. Because of our commitment to experienced and aggressive advocacy, we offer divorce articles and worksheets, our FAQ Section, and a list of 100 clauses to include in your CT divorce agreement.
Perhaps the greatest resource we offer potential clients is the opportunity to meet with one of us to further understand how to properly prepare for your specific situation. Call Patriot Law Group today at 1-800-459-PATRIOT or contact us online. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at any of our local Connecticut offices.