In the “old days” (one might want to revert a few decades here and/or flash back to a few time-worn movies and television fare of yesteryear), parenting arrangements following divorce seemingly followed a typical and recurring theme.
To wit: The kids stayed at home with mom in the family residence, with dad living elsewhere and dropping in occasionally. In legal terms, the mother had sole physical (and, often, legal) custody, with the father having court-specified visitation rights.
Much about family law has changed materially in recent years, both in terms of assumptions and realities, especially where the realm of children is concerned.
In Connecticut, for example, and virtually everywhere else across the country, it is no longer strange to see outcomes featuring shared physical custody and joint legal custody.
That is, courts are increasingly seeing the wisdom in most cases of having both mom and dad play a close and continuous parenting role following marital dissolution, the premise being that dual involvement of a material nature best promotes children’s interests.
Given that goal, so-called “parenting plans” have assumed commanding significance in delineating the overall parental strategy to be employed regarding time sharing, scheduling details, and agreement reached on things like vacations, school functions, recreational activities and other important matters.
We note on a relevant page of our website at the New Haven law firm of Berdon, Young & Margolis, PC, that, absent a well-crafted plan, a court can forcefully step in with its own opinions and rulings, even evaluating parental fitness or appointing a guardian ad litem for children.
Candidly, things seldom need to get that far, especially when parents enlist the help of proven family law attorneys well versed in custody/visitation issues and in providing sound input on parenting plans.
Much about family law revolves around what is best for children. An experienced legal advocate can help ensure that a child’s best interests are optimally promoted in any matter that is scrutinized by a family law judge.