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Under the best of circumstances and in the most amicable of situations, divorce takes its toll on children. Custody can one of the hot buttons in any divorce proceeding. Hopefully both parties are able to move forward sharing the responsibility of raising and nurturing their children together as co-parents with only the best interests of the children in mind. Sometimes this is easy, and sometimes there are circumstances that make it a challenge. Almost all courts use a standard that gives the "best interests of the child" the highest priority when deciding custody issues. In reaching a custody decision in Connecticut, the court will consider the following factors:

· The needs of the child
· Each parent's ability to understand the needs of the child
· The child's preference and information obtained from the child
· Each parent's preference
· The child's past and current relationship with each parent
· Each parent's willingness to encourage a relationship between the child and the other parent
· The child's cultural background
· A history of abuse
· A history of domestic violence
· Whether either parent participated in a parenting education program
· The mental and physical health of all involved parties

Physical custody means that a parent has the right to have a child live with him or her. Joint physical custody can be awarded when the child spends significant amounts of time with both parents.
Legal custody of a child means having the right and the obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing. A parent with legal custody can make decisions about schooling, religion, and medical care, for example. Courts regularly award joint legal custody, which means that the decision making is shared by both parents.
One parent can have either sole legal custody and/or sole physical custody of a child. Courts generally won't hesitate to award sole physical and legal custody to one parent if the other parent is deemed unfit -- for example, because of alcohol or drug dependency, a new partner who is unfit, or charges of child abuse or neglect.
Favored by Connecticut as the optimal arrangement for children and families, joint custody allows shared the decision-making responsibilities for, and/or physical control and custody of the children. Joint custody may be: joint physical custody, joint legal custody or joint legal and physical custody.

It is important for you to understand your rights as a parent and to outline your desires moving forward. Sol provides a safe and knowledgable forum for you to plan what is in the best interest for your children in your family.

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