Caring New London Family Law Attorneys Secure Your Rights and Your Children’s Best Interests
Compassionate lawyers who know how important child custody is to you
When a family situation changes, or a question arises as to the best interests of the child, courts permit parents and others to seek to change the custody arrangement. Child custody is often decided in the context of legal separation and divorce, but may also be raised in a separate custody proceeding.
Because child custody is so important and often so complex, you need a skilled and experienced attorney. Traystman & Coric, LLC’s attorneys have a reputation for providing distinguished representation in child custody cases.
Understanding the fundamentals of child custody
When parents divorce, the paramount principle for determining custody is the best interests of the child. The courts consider several factors to determine the best interest of the child. These include:
- The child’s temperament and developmental needs
- The capacity of each parent to meet the needs of the child
- The informed preferences of the child
- The parents’ wishes
- The past and current relationship of the child with each parent, the child’s siblings and any other involved person, such as a step-parent, parent’s partner or grandparent, who may significantly affect the best interests of the child
- The ability of each parent to be actively involved in the life of the child
- The child’s adjustment to his or her home, school and community environments.
Three types of custody arrangements are recognized in Connecticut:
Joint custody, which is the standard agreement when feasible, means that decisions on the child’s behalf are made jointly by the parents, and physical custody is shared in a way that assures continuing contact with both parents. Joint custody is presumed to be in the child’s best interests so long as the parents both agree to it.
Where the parents demonstrate an inability or unwillingness to work together to raise the child, or if one parent is unfit to raise the child, joint custody may be inappropriate, and the court can award sole custody to one parent, with appropriate visitation for the other parent.
A third party (i.e., someone not a natural or adoptive parent of the child) may be awarded custody of the child only after showing all of these conditions:
- The third party has a relationship with the child like that of a parent
- Parental custody would be detrimental to the child
- Granting custody to the third party is in the child’s best interests
Contact one of our well versed New London custody lawyers
Traystman & Coric, LLC’s family lawyers use knowledge, skill and experience to give you determined representation in custody matters. For a consultation with one of our attorneys, call 860-442-8758 or contact the firm online. The office is conveniently located right off I-95, with plenty of parking.