Connecticut courts consider many factors when making child custody decisions, carefully reviewing the circumstances of each family before approving a settlement or issuing an order. As a family-run firm serving the Fairfield County community since 1961, MeehanLaw LLC has vast experience handling custody cases. To determine what is in the best interest of a child, a judge will examine parent-child relationships, each parent’s capability and home environment, and in some cases, the child’s preference. From the moment we accept a case, we provide passionate and informed representation.
Connecticut courts recognize that a custody order that works best for one child may not be best for another. The courts allow different arrangements for legal and physical custody:
Our attorneys focus on meeting your family’s needs and your goals as a parent when a divorce or separation changes your family dynamic.
Custody cases always involve challenges, but some factors make a case even trickier to resolve. If parents live in different states or have incompatible schedules, creating stability for the child may be difficult. A case may also become complicated if a grandparent seeks visitation rights. Our firm capably handles even the toughest custody cases.
When parents cannot come to custody and parenting time agreements outside of court, they may be asked to undergo mediation. If this alternative dispute resolution method fails, the case will go to court. At trial, a judge will review each parent’s arguments and any supporting evidence before deciding what type of parenting arrangement would be best for the child.
The average joint custody parenting plan involves terms for a child’s regular weekly schedule as well as for where the child will spend vacations and holidays. The plan also includes guidelines for how parents should seek minor adjustments to the schedule to accommodate needs that arise.
If your family’s circumstances have changed significantly since the court issued its custody or visitation order, you must continue to follow the terms of the order until you obtain court approval for a modification. Disobeying an order can lead to serious legal consequences, such as enforcement actions being taken against you.
Courts only grant modifications for major changes, such as a parent’s remarriage or relocation. A modification may also be in order if a child has new medical or educational needs. Our firm helps parents with modifications and enforcements of both custody and child support orders.
Families in Bridgeport and the surrounding areas have trusted MeehanLaw, LLC to handle Connecticut child custody cases since 1961. To schedule your initial consultation, call us at 203-916-1743 or contact us online. We are conveniently located near the Fairfield County Courthouse.