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Connecticut Child Custody Lawyer

Fairfield County lawyers for child custody disputes

Connecticut divorce laws emphasize the importance of both parents retaining a role in their child’s upbringing, even after a divorce. Unless your spouse or partner is demonstrably a threat to your child, he or she will retain parental rights, almost certainly including visitation time and possibly including shared child custody. Even a parent who has been proven to be a potential threat to the child may still receive some form of limited, closely supervised visitation time with the child.

Located in Stamford, Connecticut, The Pickel Law Firm, LLC has many years’ experience providing practical legal advice and protective representation to both mothers and fathers involved in child custody disputes. Contact our law offices in Stamford, Connecticut for a consultation if you have questions about child custody in your own upcoming divorce or other situation.

Child custody concepts in Connecticut

Child custody disputes revolve around who will have legal and physical custody of the child. The parent with legal custody has the right to make the big child-rearing decisions. Physical custody determines who the child will live with and how the day-to-day decisions will be made for the child.

  • Sole custody: Offers one parent primary custody or complete physical and legal custody to make decisions for the child’s welfare. The other parent will likely retain visitation rights.
  • Joint custody: Parents share responsibility for making big decisions such as school district, medical treatment, religious upbringing and so forth. Most parents favor joint legal custody with primary physical custody going to one parent or the other to create a stable environment where both parents participate in important issues but one parent is primarily responsible for making the day-to-day decisions.
  • Shared custody: Parents split their duties roughly 50-50 and have equal input in major decisions concerning the child’s welfare. While many parents strive for this arrangement, it is important that parents can communicate frequently and put the children’s interests above their own if a shared custody arrangement is to work.

Finding the right custody arrangements

At The Pickel Law Firm, LLC, we educate our clients on Connecticut’s child custody and visitation laws in order to help our clients set realistic expectations, which we then strive to meet. We believe we can help you negotiate a child custody arrangement that meets your needs and is in your child’s best interest.

Child Custody Mediation: In the search for acceptable child custody solutions other than a public court battle, you may want to consider alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as mediation.

While the court will certainly be concerned if one parent has a history of abuse, substance abuse or a serious criminal record, it’s important to know that the parent who demonstrates a willingness and effort to work with the other parent toward a reasonable agreement will be seen in a favorable light.

Relocation and post-divorce custody modifications

After entering the initial child custody and visitation orders, the court has the authority and the mandate to modify those orders based upon the overriding best interests of the child or children. Situations change and what was best for the child at one time may not be best now.

Our attorneys will work for you to obtain a modification that is in your child(ren)’s best interest or defend against frivolous modification claims made by the other parent.

Relocation issues are among the most difficult and sensitive matters we handle at The Pickel Law Firm. Whether you are a custodial parent who needs to relocate your residence with the children due to job change, marriage, affordability or another reason, or you are a noncustodial parent arguing against relocation, we can help.

Experience matters: Contact The Pickel Law Firm, LLC

No matter how complex or urgent your child custody questions, the 65 years of combined litigation experience among our lawyers can be put to work on your behalf. Call The Pickel Law Firm, LLC today at 888.246.5128 or contact us online


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