Visitation (Parenting Time)
The state of Connecticut is trying to phase out the concept of "visitation." The courts instead refer to "parenting time" and "parenting plans," reflecting a general trend toward more equalized time with the child and more equality and cooperation in raising children of divorce.
Whatever you call it — visitation, parenting time, shared custody — it remains a hot button issue in divorce and custody proceedings. Primary custody parents worry that too much back-and-forth will be unstable and stressful for the kids. Non-custodial parents worry about missing out or losing touch with their children. Parenting time also affects child support.
My role as your lawyer is to safeguard the best interests of your child and your relationship with your child. I represent mothers and fathers in Fairfield County and New Haven County, whether you are fighting for primary custody or to maximize visitation.
Contact the Brian D. Kaschel Law Office in Fairfield to discuss your rights and concerns regarding visitation and parenting plans.
Connecticut Parenting Time Attorney
I will sit down with you to explain your rights and the process for determining custody and visitation. I will give you my legal opinion on which way the court is likely to lean in awarding primary custody and explore the possible scenarios for parenting time:
- Standard visitation — alternate weekends and one overnight each week, with extra time during summer vacation and school breaks
- Customized visitation — longer or shorter visitation, or every weekend, or one weekend a month or whatever arrangement makes the best sense for the child, the parents' schedules and your family dynamics
- Shared parenting — approximately equal time with both parents, such as alternating weeks or three-day/four-day
- Supervised visitation if there are documented issues of alcohol or drug addiction, domestic violence, child abuse or mental instability
It is always preferable to negotiate a workable parenting plan (the schedule, logistics and rules of co-parenting) out of court, rather than having those details dictated by a judge. But I can capably represent your interests in contested custody proceedings.
Reasonable and Flexible Fees • Evening and Weekend Appointments
I have handled every type of custody dispute in nearly 15 years of practicing family law in Connecticut. I avoid unnecessary legal battles, aiming for solutions that foster the health and happiness of your child and amicable relations with the co-parent.
Call 866-603-8810 or e-mail me to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Fairfield visitation lawyer.