Connecticut Child Custody Lawyers

At the law firm of Swerdloff & Swerdloff in Hartford, Connecticut, we will help you navigate issues such as child custody and access after divorce.

Access is the term used to describe parenting time in Connecticut, and it refers to how much time each parent spends with the children. Previously, it was known as child visitation.

Joint Custody

In Connecticut, there is a preference for joint custody of children after divorce. Joint custody means that both parties have equal responsibility for major life decisions – education, health, extracurricular activities, religious upbringing, as well as how to deal with emotional issues that arise in children. An effective child custody order should address all of these issues.

Joint custody does not necessarily mean that each parent will have the children 50 percent of the time. However, such an arrangement can be negotiated.

There are many ways of effectuating joint child custody in Connecticut. The traditional arrangement of Mom having primary residential custody and Dad getting the kids every other weekend and on opposite Wednesdays is no longer the rule. Now there are many more child custody and access (visitation) variations. We will make our best efforts to create an acceptable arrangement for both parties and maintain a good quality of life for the children.

Whether we represent the Father or the Mother in a child custody dispute, our approach as family law attorneys is to help you restructure your family, not destroy it. We want to make certain that the divorce process is minimally destructive to you and your children.

"The innocence of children, their dreams and well being should not be lost with the break up of a family."

Parental Alienation

Children are always emotionally impacted by divorce. However, when either one of the parties uses the children to hurt or manipulate the other party, the child custody process becomes damaging psychologically and emotionally to the children. It may cause permanent damage to the children.

In the extreme child custody fight, one parent tries – and sometimes succeeds – in alienating the children from the other parent. We are experienced in cases of parental alienation and can help to successfully combat it.

Interstate Child Custody

Interstate child custody is one of the more complicated issues which sometimes accompanies or follows divorce. When one party wants to relocate, the court will consider the best interests of the children in deciding whether to allow such a move.

Throughout the country, uniform laws were passed prevent one parent from picking up and leaving with the children without court approval, including the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA). In general, these laws require states to recognize other states' child custody determinations. They also provide a means to make and enforce child custody determinations.

Contact Us

If you have a question or concern about child custody or any other family law matter, please contact Attorneys Mark and Ileen Swerdloff today.