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Connecticut child custody: if it's right for the kids …

It's pretty clear what is most important when divorce-centered talk turns to custody arrangements and a parenting plan that sets for the particulars.

Obviously, it's not about mom and what works best for her. And it just as obviously isn't about dad and what makes for an ideal outcome in his world.

Rather, child custody is about children, the precious cargo of a marriage and the demographic rendered most vulnerable in a marital dissolution.

There can be only one guidepost governing child custody, and it is the time-honored standard applicable across Connecticut and the entire county: A parenting plan and custody agreement must promote the best interests of the children.

Who can argue with that? Even fighting parents fixated on arguably petty concerns love their kids and want what's best for them.

Courts understandably fix a firm judicial eye on custody plans, with legions of judges having evolved in their outlook over the years.

That is, it is a commonplace these days to see courts endorse all kinds of tailored and creative parenting arrangements that were decidedly unusual in the past. We note on our website at the long-tenured New Haven law firm of Berdon, Young & Margolis, for example, that we frequently represent clients seeking joint legal custody and, increasingly, shared physical custody. Again, the yardstick for measuring any plan is its utility in enriching affected children's lives, and courts are becoming progressively amenable to form-over-substance results that simply work in given instances.

The role of an impassioned and empathetic family law attorney in helping a client fashion and legally craft a powerful parenting plan is exciting. It is a win across the board for everyone involved when a divorce outcome truly promotes children's best interests.


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