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Top priority in a child custody dispute: protecting your child

Some things in life are naturally difficult. Among the most difficult are the passing of a parent, the loss of a job, moving, serious health issues and divorce. When a divorce involves a child custody dispute, the goal of the court, and the job of a family law attorney is to protect the best interests of the child.

Let’s take a look at how the state of Connecticut describes some common terms used when negotiating and resolving child custody matters.

  • Joint custody

This form of custody is more common now than in the past because we understand better today that it almost always helps a child to have both parents involved in their life. Joint custody means the parents, though divorced, continue to make major decisions about the child together (education, medical care, religion, etc.). What joint custody does not typically mean: each parent has custody of the child for 50 percent of the time.

  • Sole custody

This is when a child lives primarily with one parent, who then has final responsibility for making decisions. It’s often the case that a custodial parent will discuss major decisions with a non-custodial parent. The non-custodial parent will typically have visitation with the child.

When it comes to visitation, there are also some important terms to understand, including the following:

  • Fixed schedule: certain hours and certain days are set aside for the non-custodial parent to spend with their child.
  • Reasonable visitation: the two parents arrange parenting time amongst themselves. The hours and days are not necessarily set.

We will discuss child custody issues in future blog posts. If you face a custody dispute in divorce, you can discuss the matter with an experienced family law attorney.

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