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How Connecticut determines the “best interests of the child”

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2020 | Family Law |

When you find yourself embroiled in a custody dispute in Connecticut, you should assume that state courts are going to consider what they consider to be “the best interests of the child” before making any final determinations. While every custody case is different, many of the factors that ultimately help assess a child’s best interests remain consistent, so recognizing what these factors are may help you better prepare for your custody case.

Per the Connecticut Judicial Branch, some of the factors Connecticut courts often consider when making decisions regarding child custody involve a child’s overall temperament and developmental needs, and how each parent might be able to reasonably cater to those needs. Courts may also take into account the wishes of each parent involved in the custody dispute. If the child at the center of the dispute is old enough, his or her own desires about where to live may also come into play.

Courts are also typically going to consider the relationship that each parent currently has with the child at the center of the dispute. The court may also consider whether the child involved in the dispute has existing relationships with siblings currently living in one parent’s home or the other.

Each parent’s ability to provide a safe and stable home life may also come into play in child custody decisions in Connecticut, and the court may also consider the child’s cultural background as well as his or her desires or needs with regard to where to attend school. While these are some of the factors the state commonly considers in child custody cases, this is not an exhaustive list of all areas that may undergo review. Find more about family law on our webpage.