When a couple that has children together gets divorced in Connecticut, there are a number of different custody options that may be granted. In some situations, one parent will be given sole custody of the child/children and the other parent will only be granted visitation rights. Sole custody is a less common method of child custody because the courts generally push for children to be able to maintain relationships with both of their parents after the divorce. However, if it is in the child’s best interest to only have regular contact with one parent, the “fit” parent will be granted sole custody and the “unfit” parent will only be granted visitation rights.
There are a number of different types of visitation that may occur. Visitation can be agreed upon or can be ordered by the judge if they feel the need to make the executive decision. Sometimes, visitation may actually have to be supervised by another party to make sure that the child is safe. There are four types of supervised visitation. It can be agreed upon by the parties that it will either be ordered to take place at a visitation center, or the sessions may be able to occur somewhere else. The other two options are just that there may not be an agreement by the parties but it will either be court ordered to take place at a visitation center or the sessions can take place elsewhere. Simply put, the only differences are really just that there will be or won’t be an agreement and that it may or may not have to be at a visitation center.
If you have questions regarding what your custody or visitation options may be, contact an experienced divorce and family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.
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