When two people get divorced, the single most contentious part of the process is coming up with a fair and balanced child custody arrangement. A child custody lawyer will need to employ several tools at their disposal to advocate for their clients in what is almost always a highly charged emotional situation.

The Issues That Matter the Most

When deciding on an appropriate child custody arrangement, courts will be most interested in maintaining the quality of life and the routines of children caught in the middle of a divorce. They will want to see the continuity of schooling, medical care, friends, extracurricular activities, and all other parts of a child’s life.

Many states, including Connecticut, have adopted the guidelines set forth in the Uniform Child Custody Act. Under this statute, the option of joint custody is allowed, and visitation by grandparents is available, but most important, especially when older children are involved, is that the children’s wishes are given strong consideration before custody terms are finalized. This means that if a child has a strong preference for which parent they want to live with, the courts will place heavy emphasis on that input.

Maintaining a loving and stable home environment and being able to demonstrate that is also critical to making a case for custody. Similarly, any criminal convictions, drug or alcohol abuse or other destabilizing factors will also factor into a final decision.

A Word of Caution…

Many factors go into determining child custody among two parents. One thing that should not happen is that one parent must not interfere with the other parent’s relationship with their child. When this happens, it will be seen in harsh terms by the courts and could impact the outcome of a custody hearing.

The bottom line is for a child custody lawyer to advocate fairly and vigorously for their client, showing primary regard for the child in the court proceedings, while still protecting their client’s custody and visitation rights.

Shalvoy Law serves clients in Newton and other nearby Connecticut communities.

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