Child Custody Parenting Plans & Child Support

Pursuing Practical and Creative Solutions Which Put Your Children First

When the possibility of divorce is in the air, your first question may be: “What about my children?”

Divorce affects children differently, depending on their ages, their level of understanding, and the ways in which their parents approach the conflicts that inevitably arise during the divorce process. While you can do much to alleviate their fears and reassure them that they are safe and loved, you will also need to spend time thinking through the practicalities of where the children will live, when they will see each parent, and how each parent will contribute to their needs.

In Connecticut, decisions about child custody, support, and parenting plans are based on “the best interests of the child,” a calculation that weighs factors like the children’s ages and needs, their relationships with each parent, and the need to maintain safety and stability in their lives.

Custody and Parenting Plans

One of the biggest myths about child custody is that custody will “automatically” be granted to the mother, or to the parent who requests it, or to the parent who manages to “tear down” the other parent more completely.

In fact, custody decisions are never “automatic.” Instead, a multitude of factors related to the children’s best interests are weighed. This means that during negotiations, it’s in each parent’s best interests to put the children’s best interests first.

When you work with the team at Klein & Babbitt, we’ll help you determine which custody or parenting arrangements will best help your kids maintain stability and safety. We’ll also help you fight for an arrangement that works best for your children and your future plans, so that you can start your life after divorce on the strongest possible footing. And if you need help enforcing or modifying a custody arrangement or your parenting plan after the divorce is final, we’re here to assist you as well.

Child Support

The purpose of child support is to ensure that the children have what they need – everything from food and medical care to adequate schooling and housing. Connecticut has specific rules for calculating child support amounts, including rules for what to do when custody or parenting time are split equally and each parent is contributing to the children’s needs during their own time.

Although child support negotiations should focus on the children’s needs, in fact, they can become quite heated because they also deal with financial issues. We work hard to ensure that the process of settling child support is as painless as possible – but if we need to fight, we’re ready.

Contact Us

Whether you’re getting ready for a divorce and want to make sure your children’s best interest is put first, or you’ve already gotten a divorce and you would like to make some changes to the order, we can help. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys right away.