Child Custody, Visitation and Child Support in CT


Money can be counted, valued and divided, children cannot.

The best interest of the child is the overarching guiding principle in the negotiation of custody disputes. Arrangements for both legal and physical custody (visitation schedules) for the child need to be decided. While there is no optimal arrangement for a child, research has shown that prolonged, protracted conflict over children leads to worse outcomes.

As an attorney practicing Family Law in CT, I represent parties in the initial custody determination as well as any post judgment modifications including relocations. I also serve as a Guardian ad Litem representing the best interest of the child.

If a child is under an imminent threat of physical danger or psychological harm, the court can offer immediate relief with the filing of an emergency custody order. If these concerns are present, it is important to contact an attorney who can guide you through this process.



At times a parent may not be the best person to assume the care and custody of a child, or a parent is denying a child contact with an important person in a child’s life. I represent non-parents who are looking to obtain guardianship or visitation rights.


Juvenile/Child Protection

If you or your child is the subject of a DCF investigation it is imperative that you receive legal counsel on your rights as soon as possible.  All too often calls to DCF are unfounded and can be extremely detrimental to your family.  Before you talk to DCF, make sure you speak with an experienced child protection attorney.

Request a consultation with Attorney Rachel Topham Crane