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How is child custody determined in Connecticut?

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2021 | Child Custody |

A divorcing couple will likely have to revise numerous compromises throughout their unique process. They must negotiate financial division centering on physical assets, digital assets and debt responsibility. When the couple are parents, however, the negotiations can quickly gain a heated emotional component.

In Connecticut, the court will generally base decisions around what is in the best interest of the children. Judges must weigh the needs of the children against the wishes of the parents. A compromise will be reached using a comprehensive parenting plan that addresses physical custody (the time a child spends with each parent) and legal custody (how decision-making responsibility will be divided). Numerous factors influence the determination of what impacts the child’s best interest, including:

  • The child’s developmental needs and the ability of each parent to satisfy them.
  • The child’s preference as well as the preference of the parents.
  • The child’s ability to adjust to community, school and home life following the divorce.
  • Each parent’s ability to maintain a stable environment for the child.
  • Any history of negative behavior of the parent toward the child or other family members. This can include manipulative behavior, a history of domestic violence, a history of abuse or a history of neglect.

As the divorced parents experience significant life changes such as job loss, bankruptcy or medical emergency, elements of the divorce order including custody and support can be modified through the legal system. It is wise to work with an experienced family law attorney at all stages of your divorce to ensure your questions are answered and you receive the proper guidance from start to finish.