Factors That May Impact Child Custody Outcomes

No divorce is easy. Even in situations where the parties to a failing marriage agree that their relationship is over, there will be some issues or questions that may need time and support to overcome. Many Connecticut residents can lean on their knowledgeable divorce attorneys to guide them through the financial and property-based negotiations that often dominate high asset divorces, such as how business interests will be divided and how separate property may be recognized.

When it comes to child custody, however, parties become parents who worry about how their actions will impact their children and the future. Divorce attorneys can prepare their clients so that they understand just what may happen if they cannot agree with their ex about how custody should be divided and shared.

In Connecticut, courts attempt to protect the best interests of the children whose legal matters appear before them. Though the parties to a divorce are adults, the children of those individuals are forced to be a part of the proceedings to ensure that their care and needs are addressed. As different children have different needs courts must individually look at the situations of the children who are attached to pending divorce proceedings.

Certain factors may weigh into a court’s decisions about how to address custodial rights between two divorcing parents. Some of these factors are discussed below.

  • Continuity: A court may look at the disruptions or disturbances a child may experience in their daily life if they are placed in the custody of one parent instead of the other. Maintaining continuity in their social, educational, and familial lives may be important to protect their best interests.
  • Preference: Depending on a child’s age, a court may consider their preferences regarding custody. A court will generally investigate the relationship that the child has with each of their parents and will evaluate if the child’s needs are better served in the household of one parent over the other.
  • Support: It is often the case that a child will benefit from maintaining a close relationship with both of their parents after a divorce. As such, a court may look at whether one parent will be more successful at facilitating the child’s relationship with the other parent in a custodial plan. Both parents are expected to support their child despite the end of their legal relationship.

These are only some of the considerations that courts may make when they must decide child custody matters pursuant to a high asset divorce. Before making decisions about one’s parental rights an individual should discuss their options with their divorce attorney. Custody agreements may be possible to secure without having to appear for a custody hearing.