Many experts have gone on record to say that children do better emotionally and even physically when both parents play integral roles in their lives. When it comes to child custody in a divorce situation, Connecticut parents need to set aside their differences when co-parenting their children — whether they have joint custody or if there is one custodial parent with the other having visitation rights. It is incumbent upon parents to do what is in the best interests of their children and barring anything that might endanger a child, that usually means having a meaningful relationship with both parents.

In fact, when a family court judge makes decisions regarding child custody, he or she will use the best interests marker when doing so. In making decisions a judge will weigh in on many variables, including whether a custodial parent acts positively when encouraging a child’s relationship with a noncustodial parent. Undermining that relationship may not only be detrimental to the child, but may also not bode well for a custodial parent, either. 

Custody litigation is stressful for everyone involved. It may become even more so when there is an unwillingness of a custodial parent to allow a noncustodial parent to play a meaningful role in his or her children’s lives. Family court judges do not look favorably on actions which may be detrimental to children.

A Connecticut lawyer experienced in family law issues may be able to advise a client on the legalities enmeshed with child custody and the importance of having both parents involved in children’s lives. Whether a client is a custodial or a noncustodial parent, a lawyer’s advice and guidance may help a parent to do what is in the best interests of his or her children. Doing so may help children to better cope with their parents’ separation or divorce.