Connecticut parents who are going through a separation or divorce may be surprised to learn that their child is voicing a desire to live with one parent over the other. Custody can be a difficult and emotional aspect of a case, and a judge will take into consideration any preferences the child may have, but the best interests of the child will always take precedence over all else.
As is the case in every state, Connecticut courts have consistently held that in making child custody decisions, the overriding factor is the welfare of the child. That standard is also set forth in the relevant statute that provides that, while the court will consider the wishes, rights and responsibilities of the parents, it must enter an order that is in the child's best interests.
Many Connecticut readers are probably aware of the power of social media. Now, some agencies are using it as a tool to track down deadbeat parents who have not been making required child support payments.
Indiana Pacers star, Paul George, is in the middle of a custody case regarding a 2-month-old child he may have fathered with a New York woman. The child's mother had originally sought sole child custody primarily because of George's travel schedule. If a paternity test reveals George is the father of the 2-month-old girl, court documents show he will seek sole custody. He feels shared parental responsibility would not be in the best interests of the child.
Connecticut couples dealing with divorce proceedings may find themselves wanting to make a new start, which sometimes entails a move. Child custody and related decisions can make proceedings emotionally and logistically difficult, and when a custodial parent seeks court approval for moving away with the child, the situation may prove even more challenging. Such a move with a child often requires court approval, with a determination based upon the best interests of the child.
Changing the way in which judges resolve disputes over the custody of children has been the focus of a legislative task force in Connecticut. One of the questions legislatures are hoping the task force will resolve is whether the state should abandon the traditional policy of allowing judges to award child custody to just one parent. Proponents of shared custody argue that the best interests of the child favor a system under which both parents share equally in raising a child.
Connecticut families that have children with medical issues may be interested in an unusual case involving an instance of suspected "medical child abuse." A Connecticut family brought their 15-year-old daughter to Boston Children's Hospital in order to manage a previously diagnosed mitochondrial disease. The child could barely walk or eat. The specialist who diagnosed her, the chief of metabolism at Tufts Medical Center, recommended that she be seen at the Children's Hospital because the gastroenterologist in charge of her care had recently started working there.
Baseball fans as well as Connecticut residents who are currently involved with divorce issues may be interested to learn about a family law case currently in the news. Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees is in the process of being sued for child support.
Connecticut is the latest stop in a child custody battle that began overseas in Singapore this May. A warrant has been issued in Greenwich stemming from allegations that the husband has abducted the couple's youngest child.