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Child custody: Fostering relationships with non-custodial parents

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.

What "in the child's best interest" means regarding child custody

When considering a child custody arrangement, Connecticut family courts always try to determine what is in the child's best interest. What really does "in the child's best interest" mean? There are several factors that are considered when determining the best child custody arrangement for a child.

Sole physical child custody may not be best for the children

The common practice in Connecticut family courts these days is to work toward joint physical custody when parents are divorcing. That doesn't mean, however, that joint custody is what is always wanted by the parents or what is best for the children. Sole physical child custody is highly sought-after and frequently requested by parents. With any custody arrangements, including sole physical custody, there are pros and cons. Parents should consider all the consequences of the arrangement when they are determining what is best for their family.

Is sole legal child custody a good thing?

When the time to determine child custody arises, there are two aspects that must be agreed upon: physical and legal custody. Physical custody deals with whose home the children live in. Legal custody, however, deals with which parent has the legal right to make major decisions about the child. Some divorcing parents in Connecticut automatically assume they want to have sole legal custody of their children, but there are pros and cons to this type of child custody arrangement to consider.

Are e-commerce exchange zones good for child custody exchanges?

One of the most challenging aspects of divorce is determining a child custody arrangement. Establishing what days each parent has with the children and the logistics of setting a time and location for exchange can be challenging. Some parents have been utilizing the new e-commerce exchange zones as a meeting place for their child custody exchanges. Is that a good idea?

Child custody during the holidays

Many would agree that the holidays are the time of year with the most traditions. Almost every act during the holidays is based on a tradition. The same decorations are used each year, the same foods are prepared only during the holidays, and the same gatherings are held annually. It provides a feeling of comfort and belonging to practice these traditions with loved ones each year. For separated parents in Connecticut dealing with child custody during the holidays, that comfort and belonging can turn to pain and loneliness if not handled with a lot of careful planning.

Can Connecticut fathers obtain child custody?

Navigating the divorce process can be a scary, lonely and confusing process. It is even scarier when a parent is unsure how the separation will affect his relationship with his children. Often, fathers assume that they don't have the same rights as mothers when it comes to child custody. In order to ensure they have the best chance of obtaining a favorable outcome in their child custody order, Connecticut fathers will want to know how the state courts determine child custody arrangements.

Child custody options in Connecticut

The most difficult decision parents going through divorce face is determining the custody arrangement for their children. Houses can be sold, cars can be replaced, new marriages may follow, but the children are irreplaceable. Parents need to know what their options are before they can make the best decision for their children. There are several different child custody options utilized in Connecticut.

Dealing with child custody problems in Connecticut

To say that divorce is sad is an understatement. When a marriage breaks down for whatever reason in Connecticut, it means the family dynamic also changes. If the couple has children, child custody issues come into play, and they, too, aren't always without problems. Co-parenting in two different households can be overwhelming, not only for the parents but for the children, too.

Breastfeeding could play a role in child custody in Connecticut

If a couple with a young child or baby splits up, there may be an added factor to consider when it comes to the child. If the woman is breastfeeding the baby and child custody is such that the parents share co-parenting and custody, mom may become worried how her baby may fare being separated from her for lengthy periods. It's important that Connecticut couples with this issue understand each other and try to do what's best for the infant, especially when the dad may think that his former spouse is using breastfeeding as a means of keeping his child from him.

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