A 50-year-old woman has been missing for months now. Her mother has been granted child custody of her five children and their father — who has been estranged from the woman for two years — has been arrested in connection with her disappearance in May. The story has garnered much media attention in Connecticut where the woman resided. 

The couple married in 2004 and the missing woman filed for divorce in June 2017. The children’s grandmother, who was recently awarded formal custody, has been caring for the children. They have lived with her in a neighboring state since her daughter’s disappearance. The court says the children are emotionally bonded to their maternal grandmother and awarding her custody was in their best interests.

The court said the safety and security of the children are the most important things for them. The man and his 44-year-old girlfriend were arrested in June and are facing charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. They have both pleaded not guilty.

Child custody issues can be a part of all different scenarios. A Connecticut lawyer is in the position of offering advice to those who are seeking custody of children, no matter what the circumstances. A lawyer may be able to guide a client through the court process and answer any questions that are confusing. A lawyer, too, always has the best interests of children at heart when it comes to the law and will act in concert with the client to protect those interests at every stage of the proceedings.