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How do Connecticut courts decide child custody cases?

Child custody is often the most emotional part of any divorce. After all, even if the divorcing couple doesn’t want to be around each other all that much, both parents usually want to maximize the amount of time they spend with their children.

There are two types of custody at issue in most Connecticut cases — legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody relates to who gets make important decisions about the child’s upbringing, while physical custody relates to where the child will live.

Connecticut courts make child custody decisions based on what is in the best interest of the child at issue. Generally, there is a presumption that shared custody is best, but whether custody is shared — and, if so, the amount of time each parent gets to spend with the child — depends on a review of the unique facts and circumstances in each individual case.

Here are some of the factors that Connecticut courts use to determine what is in the best interest of the child:

  • The child’s temperament and developmental needs
  • Each parent’s ability and desire to care for the child
  • The child’s input and informed preferences
  • Each parent’s willingness to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent
  • Each parent’s level of involvement in the child’s life
  • The child’s relationships to school, family and the community
  • Whether either parent has mental or physical health problems that would limit his or her ability to properly care for the child
  • Whether either parent has contributed to an unstable home environment
  • Whether either parent has a history of destructive behavior, including domestic abuse, child abuse, or manipulative or coercive behavior

Courts are not required to assign weight to these factors. Rather, they use them as tools to assess the totality of the parent-child relationship, keeping in mind that the ultimate goal is to provide children of divorce with both safety and stability.

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