Who Makes The Decisions?
At Conlon, McGlynn & McCann, LLC, we understand that you want the best for your child. You may need to make decisions that can have a lifelong impact on your child’s well-being. We offer the support, guidance and team of professionals you need to help you make these choices. The first thing you should understand is what custody entails.
In Connecticut, there are two types of custody: legal and physical. These two can be either sole or joint. If one parent has sole legal custody, that means that parent has both the responsibility and right to make decisions regarding the child’s medical treatment, including medications taken for mental health and vaccinations. The parent with legal custody also makes decisions regarding schooling and the child’s religious upbringing. If legal custody is joint, then both parents have an obligation and a right to weigh in on these decisions.
What Is In The Child’s Best Interest
The first question that needs to be asked is what is best for the child? Many parents, particularly during a time of crisis, tend to think about what is most convenient. While it is often most efficient to have both parents discuss and come to an agreement about what type of medical treatment or care the child or children should get, this may not always be possible. When parents cannot agree, the court will be asked to step in. A guardian ad litem is typically appointed to advise the court as to what is in the child’s best interest.
At Conlon, McGlynn & McCann, LLC, we understand that making decisions about health care can be complex, especially if you and the other parent have opposing views. We know that in these times you may need to have experts such as psychologists and counselors offer guidance. Our extensive experience as guardians ad litem provides our team with insights into what children need to thrive.
Of course, some parents are unable to be a part of the decision-making process. In cases of mental illness, incarceration, addiction, or where there is a history of abuse or neglect, one parent may not be, or should not be, involved. In these instances, we work to ensure that the best interest of the child is pursued.
We Are Your Child’s Tireless Advocates
Divorce is often a major life change. We understand that it can be emotionally grueling. We work with you to help you understand your options and to know how your decisions will affect your child in the long term. Call our Westport office at 203-222-8686 to schedule an appointment. You can also reach us via website inquiry. We look forward to speaking with you.