Resolving Custody And Parenting Time Issues
Issues surrounding child custody and parenting time can be emotionally volatile. In these situations, it is important to seek help from a legal team that can advocate for both you and your child’s best interests.
At Reich & Truax, PLLC, our attorneys have extensive experience in matters concerning child custody. We understand that this can be a difficult time for all parties, which is why we approach these cases with an abundance of understanding and compassion. From our Southport office, we provide dedicated legal representation to individuals and families across Connecticut.
Legal Custody Vs. Physical Custody
When it comes to custody issues, there are two types of custody which may be granted to the parent(s). This first is legal custody, which concerns the responsibility for making major decisions on behalf of the child. Legal custody may be granted to one or both parents, depending on the circumstances and desired outcomes.
The other type of custody is physical custody. Physical custody refers to the parenting schedule and when the child will be with each parent. Some of the factors that are typically used to help determine physical custody include:
- Parental availability
- Physical location of each parent
- The ability of each parent to meet the child’s needs
- The child’s best interests
If parents are unable to reach an agreement regarding legal or physical custody, the court may appoint an attorney or a guardian ad litem to represent the child’s interests.
Child Custody And Relocation
In some cases, a parent may seek to relocate with a child, which can hinder a typical parenting plan from working. If relocation is considered as part of a divorce proceeding, custody determinations will be driven by the child’s best interests. If relocation is sought any time after a custody agreement has been reached, the relocating parent must demonstrate:
- A reasonable purpose for the move
- Reasonableness of the proposed new residence
- The purpose for relocation
- That the child’s best interests will be served if the relocation request is granted
Our lawyers can provide you with the advocacy you need whether you are seeking a move or if your ex is wishing to relocate with your child.
Contact Us For Help With Visitation And Child Custody Rights
We handle a wide range of custody matters as part of our comprehensive family law practice. To schedule a consultation, call 203-254-9877 or contact us online. We serve clients in Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut.