Family Relations and Child Custody Lawyer in Fairfield and Stamford, CT
In Connecticut, if a divorce or other Family Court matter involves a dispute over child custody, the case may be referred to Family Relations, also known as Family Services. Family Relations Counselors are court officers with specialized training in custody and parenting issues. They will attempt to facilitate and mediate custody and other parenting issues to resolve the dispute without putting the children through an emotional, costly court battle. The conference performs two broad functions. First, to bring everyone together to mediate a possible resolution. If mediation fails, the Family Relations Officer takes it to a higher level. School officials, counselors and other individuals familiar with the family will provide input, so the officer can make a knowledgeable recommendation in the best interest of the child. Depending on the complexity of the case, there may be an issue focused evaluation which takes 2 months to complete or a more comprehensive evaluation with a turn around time of 4 months.
Reasonable and Flexible Fees | Evening and Weekend Appointments
If you are heading to a family services conference to attempt to resolve your custody and parenting time dispute, let me help. I offer all services relating to the child custody and Family Relations procedure, including:
- Preparation for what to expect from the process
- Investigation into the other party’s evidence and claims
- Preparations for the negotiations and the conference, to accentuate the positives of your case
- Mediation strategies
- How to handle protective orders and/or restraining orders during the process
I focus on integrity, honest strategies and dedication to resolving issues in ways that are truly in the best interest of the child.
Family Relations Officers are professionals, dedicated to the best interest of the child, even when it seems the parents may not be. When you head into the Family Relations process, it is important to know what they are looking for. They don’t want to hear you slam the other side, no matter how accurate the accusations and evidence may be. Instead, I’ll help you prepare your case to highlight the benefits and advantages of your proposal.
I represent clients throughout Fairfield County including Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Trumbull, Stratford, Bridgeport, Westport, Weston, New Canaan, Wilton, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford and Greenwich.