Legal Assistance with Child Custody Issues in Hartford & Litchfield
Attorney provides representation to Connecticut parents in visitation disputes
For many people, there is nothing more important in life than their children. Custody and visitation disputes can therefore be extremely emotional and confrontational. At the West Hartford law firm of Carlo Forzani, LLC, we do everything possible to resolve these cases cooperatively and in the best interests of the children. Our family law attorney has more than 37 years of experience helping parents and grandparents deal with all types of custody issues.
Understanding Connecticut’s child custody laws and processes
There are multiple aspects to any custody decision. First, physical custody must be awarded to one parent or shared jointly. Physical custody determines where a child lives. Second, legal custody is usually awarded to both parents in a divorce, giving them joint power to make decisions about the child’s welfare and upbringing. In many cases, we help parents work together to craft a parenting agreement that decides all of these issues as well as issues of visitation. Our attorney assists parents in agreeing on all of the details involved in sharing custody. When parents cannot agree, a family law judge will decide. Courts decide custody disputes using a variety of factors, including:
- The needs of each child
- The abilities of each parent
- The relationship between the child and each parent
- The stability of each parent’s home
- The wishes of everyone involved
When necessary, we advocate in court on behalf of you and your children. When one parent is awarded sole custody, the other parent is typically allowed visitation rights. We stand up for your rights to see your children or to protect them from a dangerous parent.
Assisting parents with the issue of relocation
Parents tend to live together or nearby when they have a child together. Later on, one or both parents may need to leave the area. Relocation is often necessary for work or other financial reasons. When parents share custody in any way, the need to relocate can present major issues. In addition to logistical challenges, you may face legal hurdles. In order to relocate a minor child, you will need to prove that the relocation is for a legitimate purpose and to a reasonable location. You will also need to show that the move is in the best interests of the child. We help West Hartford and Litchfield parents on either side of a relocation dispute.
Helping grandparents establish a right to see their grandchildren
In some families, grandparents or others become very close with children and may even raise the children for months or years at a time. When custody is later awarded to one of the parents, these grandparents or other third parties may need to fight for their right to visitation. Under Connecticut law, a grandparent must allege and establish a parent-like relationship. They must also be able to prove that denial of visitation would cause real and significant harm to the child. We help West Hartford grandparents and relatives get access to the children who need them.
Contact an experienced West Hartford child custody lawyer for immediate help
If you are involved in a divorce or a child custody dispute, you need the assistance of an experienced Litchfield-area family law attorney. At the firm of Carlo Forzani, LLC, our legal team has been helping families in custody cases for decades. To schedule a free initial consultation with a West Hartford lawyer, contact us online or call us at 860-841-5808.