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Child Custody

Skillful Child Custody Attorneys in Fairfield County Assist with Parenting Solutions

Experienced Connecticut lawyers negotiate custody and visitation agreements

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.

Dedicated Fairfield County counselors advise on custody options

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:

  • Joint legal custodyA parent with legal custody has the authority to make decisions about a child’s education, medical care, religion and more. Parents with joint legal custody have equal say in the child’s upbringing.
  • Sole legal custody Sole legal custody gives decision-making authority to one parent. Courts encourage parents to share legal custody unless one parent relinquishes their rights or proves to be a danger to the child.
  • Joint physical custody Under a joint physical custody arrangement, a child spends time living with each parent. A parenting plan sets enforceable terms for how time will be divided.
  • Sole physical custody A child may live with one parent primarily. The noncustodial parent will likely maintain a right to parenting time unless a judge decides it would not be in the child’s best interest.

Our attorneys focus on meeting your family’s needs and your goals as a parent when a divorce or separation changes your family dynamic.

Determined counselors pursue resolutions to complicated custody issues

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.

Reputable attorneys petition to modify and enforce court orders

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.

Contact knowledgeable Fairfield County child custody lawyers for an initial consultation

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.

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  • Bridgeport Office
    76 Lyon Terrace
    Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
    Phone: 203-333-1888
    Fax: 203-331-0107
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    29 East Main Street
    Westport, Connecticut 06880
    Phone: 203-635-4688