Child Custody law

in Connecticut


Child custody is the legal relationship between parents and children. There are two types of child custody: joint custody and sole custody.

Joint custody means both parents share the decision-making on behalf of their child. A joint custodial arrangement requires parents to work together or create a method to make major decisions regarding a child's health, educational, developmental and religious needs. There is a presumption in Connecticut that the sharing of joint custody is in the best interests of a child. 

Sole custody means one parent has the ability to make decisions for the child without the consent of the other parent.

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