Child Custody Attorney
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Most of us know people who have lost custody of their children through divorce; many of these people, whether by choice via agreement or by Court order after a hearing or trial, have minimal or even no contact with their children. This is a parent’s worst nightmare.
Regardless of how much both parents love their children, custody matters involve determining what is in the minor children’s best interests. Absent an agreement, this determination requires the Court to make findings and orders as to legal custody (or decision making over medical, educational, and religious needs), physical custody (or where the children will lay their head each night), and visitation or parenting time according to a weekly or monthly plan, designating holidays, special occasions, vacation time, and even communication parameters for when the minor children are with the other parent. In the worst case, parenting time may be limited to supervised visits only.
If you and your spouse have no disagreements about how your children should be raised after divorce, you are in a great position and should serve as an example to other families. Unfortunately many divorcing couples with children have conflicts over matters such as education, religious training, medical services, child activities, childcare, and parent access.
Indeed the fault for the breakdown of the marriage for some couples may be in part due to vastly differing parenting styles and differing opinions as to what is in the best interests of their children. In the worst cases, there may be substance abuse issues and physical/verbal/emotional abuse leading to the inability to trust that the other parent can properly care for the minor children.
Once custody arrangements are agreed upon many of the details may not be modifiable later (absent a substantial change or extraordinary circumstances that arise in the future), so it is vitally important to get all matters regarding custody, visitation, and care of the minor children decided in a way that is acceptable to you, regardless of whether you are the custodial parent or not.
Things that look good on paper may not work in practice. An experienced legal advisor can warn you about elements of a settlement proposal that may work to your detriment. If the health, safety, and well being of your children is a priority for you, you should retain a competent attorney to look after your and their best interests. Among Connecticut lawyers, Shelton-based “Super Lawyer” Carmina (Tessitore) Hirsch is widely known and respected among her peers for her work in family and divorce law matters. She is a published author on the fine points of divorce and family law. Her demeanor in the courtroom is highly persuasive; her mastery of the discovery process and settlement phase often means that contentious issues are settled long before they reach the trial phase.
Carmina focuses on serving clients throughout New Haven and Fairfield County, where she is a leader in the bar. If you are involved in a child custody dispute in areas surrounding Milford, New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Westport, Danbury or Stamford, she is ready to help you fight for your rights.