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What is joint custody?

During a Connecticut divorce, one of the key focuses is always on custody of any minor children. You and the court want to be sure your children are properly taken care of and their needs are kept in mind during any custody arrangements. If you and the children’s other parent can agree upon custody and both want to remain at the forefront of their care, you may consider filing for joint custody because this will give you both legal custody of the children.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, you may need to file a parental responsibility plan with the court. This plan outlines the details of your custody arrangement. It may include information about who has decision-making power over specific aspects of each child’s life, how children will be sheltered from parental disputes, how disputes and changes will be handled between you are your children’s other parent and what happens if a parent does not follow the plan. In addition, your plan also may include a schedule showing where the children will be staying each day of the year.

In a joint custody case, you and your children’s other parent are given equal rights. You both can have the children live with you based on the agreed upon schedule. You both also work together to make important and substantial decisions concerning the children. The court will generally look upon joint custody arrangements as being beneficial for children and therefore a request is usually granted. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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