Whether an individual retains full custody of their children after a separation or shares custody with their former partner, the dynamics of dealing with post-divorce parenting can be complicated. As many Connecticut families are keenly aware, divorce can affect children in a variety of ways. It can therefore be helpful to maintain respectful lines of communication in order to facilitate a smooth transition into a post-divorce life for all involved.
Connecticut readers may have heard media coverage of one state's efforts to level the playing field between mothers and fathers when it comes to child custody rights. A new bill has been proposed that would grant equal or joint custody rights to fathers of children who are born out of wedlock. If successful, this would be the first state to do so, and could lead to similar changes in states across the nation.
In matters of child custody, family courts in Connecticut and elsewhere are expected to make rulings that serve the best interests of the child or children at the center of each case. This is a responsibility that the American people entrust to the courts, and one that can have serious repercussions on both the individuals involved and the constitutional rights of all parents. One ongoing child custody battle has made news across the country, as it involves a challenge to the parental rights of Unites States service members.