One of the biggest misconceptions people have about divorce is that the wealthier parent has a better chance of winning child custody. In our experience, this is not the case in most divorces. Connecticut family courts look at many factors when making child custody decisions. Some of these factors include the following:
- Which parent can consistently meet the child’s daily needs (physical, emotional, educational and developmental)?
- Which parent will likely encourage regular contact between the other parent and the child?
- Which parent will maintain a stable and nurturing relationship with the child?
- Which parent, if any, has a history of criminal activity, substance abuse or violence?
As you can see, the factors above have less to do with money than they do with consistency and the child’s best interests.
You can use your wealth in ways that will influence your custody case
Even though family courts do not care how rich you are when they decide on custody, you can still use your wealth to achieve a satisfactory outcome. Whether you want sole custody or fair visitation rights, use your money in the following ways to set yourself up for success.
- Show the court that you can afford to create a safe, child-centered space (bedroom, playroom, etc.) for your kids to use when in your custody.
- Show the court that you can afford a well-vetted caregiver to help if you must work during your court-ordered time with the children.
- Show the court that you can afford to engage a professional therapist (if necessary) to help your kids adjust to the divorce.
- Show the court that you can afford to meet your children’s health care (insurance, etc.) and educational requirements.
We also believe demonstrating a willingness to assist your child regardless of the court’s decision may improve your case. While wealth cannot guarantee a win, it can improve your odds of achieving a balanced outcome. We invite you to continue reviewing our website content for more insight into child custody in the state of Connecticut.