If you’re going through a Connecticut divorce, make sure you understand the state’s custody laws. Every state addresses child custody somewhat differently, and divorcing parents often have several questions:
Custody in Connecticut refers to both legal and physical custody. Legal custody means taking responsibility for the children’s lifestyles, including religious, medical, and educational decisions. Legal custody can be granted as sole custody to one parent or as joint custody to both parents. Physical custody pertains to where the children live. One parent can have sole physical custody while the other has the right to visitation, or both parents can share physical custody jointly based on the schedules of the parents and children.
Connecticut child support is calculated with the Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines, and Connecticut parents are obligated to pay this support as determined by the court. Connecticut takes a firm stance when it comes to ensuring that its children receive the financial support to which they’re entitled. An experienced divorce attorney will make sure that you accurately complete this important calculation.
Custody is usually the most important element of any divorce that involves children, and it is in your and your children’s best interest to retain a child custody attorney who will help protect your rights and obtain a custody agreement with which you are comfortable. Custody issues can be complicated and too important to tackle on your own.
Connecticut determines custody issues according to the child’s best interests. Connecticut takes the stance that children benefit from relationships with both of their parents, and courts attempt to integrate this presumption in their custody decisions.
If you and your divorcing spouse (with your attorney’s help) can’t come to an agreement relating to custody, you’ll have to engage in child custody litigation, which is often the costliest and most emotionally wrought form of family-related litigation. If your case comes to custody litigation, you and your ex will each retain your own child custody lawyer while the court will appoint your children with their own guardian ad litem (GAL). The GAL is an attorney who will get to know your children and will make recommendations about the children’s best interests regarding custody and visitation.
Child custody is the most difficult element in the already difficult divorce process. At The Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., in Stamford, Connecticut, we understand that child custody and child visitation are especially emotional issues, and we’re here to help. We’ll put your parental rights and preferences first as we fight to resolve your custody determination as efficiently and advantageously as possible. Give our divorce attorneys a call today at (203) 348-2465 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help you resolve your custody issues.