Custody, Parenting Time and the Child’s Best Interests
Children come first in divorce and the Connecticut statutes codify this very important idea. Regardless of the animosity of the parents, the court will do everything in it’s power to act in the best interest of the children of the parties.
Shared Custody and Parenting
A shared custody and parenting arrangement would apply if the child resides with each parent more than 40 percent of the time. You both have authority to make important decisions regarding the child and share equally in the childcare responsibilities.
Primary Residence of the Child & Contact
In a primary residence arrangement, the child resides with one parent the large majority of the time and the other is will have parenting time, unless the contact with the parent is deemed unhealthy or unsafe. The court considers a long list of factors when determining whether a primary residence arrangement is in the child’s best interests. The primary caregiver is authorized to make day-to-day decisions that concern the child and often has a duty to inform the parent with contact about major issues. Contact may also be available for the child’s other relatives.
Relocation with the Child
A job offer, relationship, family or new beginning may draw you to another community after your separation. However, you must give notice if you plan to take your child with you. If the other parent objects, you must demonstrate that the relocation is in your child’s best interests. As the parent challenging relocation, you should be prepared to counter assertions regarding best interests.
A parent does not have the unilateral right to deny contact with the other parent or to remove the child to another location. Doing so is child abduction and is against the law. If the other parent has abducted your child, law enforcement will seek his or her safe return. If you suspect an angry or a vengeful parent is contemplating abduction, you have recourse in the family law courts.
Changing Custody Orders
To change a custody order, you must demonstrate a material change in circumstances. The judge then considers whether the custody change is in the best interest of the child.
Get Experienced Help from a Child Custody Lawyer
Your child’s well-being is of the greatest important to you. Take steps to protect your parental rights and your child’s best interests during and after your divorce. Contact Kane, Hartley & Kane to get the help you need.