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Child custody: Balancing parental rights and kids' best interests

Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 19, 2014 in Child Custody

No matter what, divorce introduces change into families. Of course, some of these changes are easier to sort out than others. For married couples who have children together, settling issues of child custody and visitation can be difficult. Well-intentioned parents can have differing ideas of what type of post-divorce arrangement will best suit their children.

The most important thing to remember is that Connecticut child custody laws aim to protect the best interests of children involved in divorce. As a result, the custody and visitation agreements that ultimately emerge from divorce proceedings can vary significantly from case to case.

When possible, parents can seek shared custody. This not only means that divorced parents have to come together on matters of legal custody, such as medical or educational decisions, but it also means that split time in terms of physical living arrangements for their kids.

A report from USA Today indicates that there is a general shift in attitudes toward child custody. No longer is it rare for mothers and fathers to share parenting duties during marriage, as opposed to a time when women assumed most parenting responsibilities. As a result, this has caused growing numbers of men to seek joint or even sole custody during divorce proceedings.

Of course, the parental rights should be respected. Children can, in some cases, benefit from spending time with both parents. However, this might translate into a custody arrangement including visitation rights for one parent, rather than splitting custody evenly between the two parents.

Understanding what factors are weighed when determining what's in a child's best interests is something that most people probably don't know off hand. As a result, it may be best to seek trusted guidance to create a settlement that will help the whole family transition into post-divorce life.

Source: USA Today, "More dads demand equal custody rights, reject child-support arrangements of yesterday," Sharon Jayson, June 14, 2014