Shared Parenting Law *Passed* by the Connecticut Legislature in 2005

Shared parenting legislation, Public Act 05-258 became Connecticut law on June 23, 2005. This is a great day for the children of divorced and never married couples in Connecticut. They will benefit tremendously from mediation of conflict, parenting plans, and increased involvement by both parents.

That legislation has three important objectives:

1. The best interests of the child are redefined to include (but not limited to) substantial involvement by both parents. The new definition includes: (4) the wishes of the child's parents as to custody; (5) the past and current interaction and relationship of the child with each parent, …; (6) the willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage such continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent as is appropriate, including compliance with any court orders; (7) any manipulation by or coercive behavior of the parents in an effort to involve the child in the parents' dispute; (8) the ability of each parent to be actively involved in the life of the child

2. A parental responsibility plan is required for most custody cases. Specifically, the plan should include:

(1) A schedule of the physical residence of the child during the year; (2) provisions allocating decision-making authority to one or both parents regarding the child's health, education and religious upbringing; (3) provisions for the resolution of future disputes between the parents, including, where appropriate, the involvement of a mental health professional or other parties to assist the parents in reaching a developmentally appropriate resolution to such disputes; (4) provisions for dealing with the parents' failure to honor their responsibilities under the plan; (5) provisions for dealing with the child's changing needs as the child grows and matures; and (6) provisions for minimizing the child's exposure to harmful parental conflict, encouraging the parents in appropriate circumstances to meet their responsibilities through agreements, and protecting the best interests of the child.

3. The legislation encourages conciliation of disputes, including “the involvement of a mental health professional or other parties to assist the parents in reaching a developmentally appropriate resolution to such disputes.”

Click here for the full text of the new law

 

Click here for a summary and analysis prepared by the Office of Legislative Research (OLR)

 

The SPC gives awards for actions leading to Connecticut’s Shared Parenting Law, PA 05-258:

Thomas Foley received a clock inscribed “Outstanding Citizen Award to Thomas Foley who skillfully actualized his vision of a better world.” The award recognizes his long hours as co-chair of the Commission on Divorce, Custody and Children, and subsequent work to enact CDCC recommendations into law. Click to see the award.

 

Anne Dranginis, co-chair of the CDCC received an inscribed clock for her work leading to PA 05-258.

 

Representative Themis Klarides received an inscribed clock for her work as an Outstanding Legislator for skillfully actualizing her vision of a better world. Click to see the award.

 

 

 

The SPC’s position on issues raised by the Governor’s Commission on Custody:

1. Final Report from the Governor’s Commission, December 2002.

2. The SPC’s Comments on the Final Report of the Governor’s Commission: Its not everything we would like, but it goes a long way.

3. The SPC’s position on custody issues.Testimony delivered at 11/13/02 hearing.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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