Fathers in Connecticut have rights concerning their children. Rights are protected by state law as well as federal law. Rights are not always transparent during marriages or when the father is with the mother, because the couple will make decisions together. However, parental rights play a large role in custody proceedings.
Right to Physical Custody
During custody proceedings, fathers in Connecticut have the right to obtain custody of their children with no bias due to gender. Custody can be attained in several formats. A father may have joint custody with the mother and have only visitation rights to his children, such as during the weekends or summers. A father may also receive primary physical custody of the children. According to Connecticut law, the courts will try to make sure the child has frequent contact with both parents. As long as the father has custody rights, he will have the right to access his child's medical and educational records.
Rights to Decide
During custody proceedings, the courts will grant either the mother, the father, or both parents the right to make decisions concerning the child. In Connecticut, a father has the right to be heard in court. Both parents have the right to receive mediation to help resolve any issues the couple may have concerning their child. The courts will listen to any suggestions the mediator has. The rights to decide what type of medical care the child will receive will be addressed, as well as decisions concerning the child's education. The courts will also address the religious doctrine a child will receive if it is of interest to the parents.
Different situations will call for different judgments. In Connecticut, all judgments will be made in the best interest of the children. Rights can be revoked. According to state law, a father may loose his rights if he has broken certain laws. If a father has committed violent crimes or domestic violence, he may lose his rights. If a father has been convicted of sex crimes, he will not have rights to his child. In the cases concerning a violent past, the father may have counseling and appeal the court's decision. The court will only readdress a custody case if the father presents new evidence.