Connecticut custody and visitation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, with judges considering a family’s specific circumstances before setting terms meant to serve the best interests of the child. Our family law attorneys at MeehanLaw, LLC guide parents in Westport and the surrounding areas through custody cases from start to finish, offering tireless advocacy. When you choose to work with us, we will explain how factors such as the age of your children, parent-child relationships, and the stability of each parent’s home can affect a judge’s perception of what is best for your family.
The court will issue your family an order that addresses each parent’s legal and physical custody rights. It may involve:
Since 1961, our firm has proudly helped clients protect their rights and their children’s welfare in custody matters during divorce.
Our lawyers capably handle difficult custody challenges, such as those involving one parent who lives in a different state or hopes to relocate. We also advise our clients on grandparent visitation rights and other topics that can become points of contention.
When you and your ex can’t agree on what is best for your child, compromise can feel impossible. Mediation may be a way to find solutions that satisfy both parties. If you cannot reach an agreement through this alternate dispute resolution method, your case will go to family court. The judge will review each parent’s side and supporting evidence and may consider the child’s preference if he or she is old enough.
A typical joint custody arrangement involves regular weekly schedules that stipulate when the child will be with each parent and who will be responsible for transportation. Often, a child will spend half of major holidays with each parent. The agreement will also address where the child will spend school vacation days and how parents should request minor changes to the parenting time schedule.
Over time, a family may outgrow a parenting plan that once worked well. When a parent moves or remarries, a child’s educational or medical needs shift, or another substantial change occurs, it may be time to restructure a parenting plan or child support agreement. Our firm assists with petitions for court order modifications.
It’s important for parents to realize that if they disobey a court order, they can face serious legal consequences. If your child’s other parent refuses to go along with the court-approved parenting plan, our lawyers can seek to initiate enforcement actions.
At MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport, Connecticut, we help families achieve custody and visitation arrangements to support the best interests of their children. To schedule an initial consultation, call us at 203-916-1743 or contact us online. We are located off US-1 and I-95, near the Saugatuck River.