Posted in Divorce, on August 2nd, 2015
Review counsel for a Connecticut divorce usually become involved as part of mediation. In fact, a growing number of divorcing couples are opting for divorce mediation as a way of resolving their disputes. Mediation is often much less adversarial and therefore usually more cost effective.
However, the mediation process does … Read More »
Posted in Custody, on August 1st, 2015
Just because your child custody arrangement or parenting plan in Connecticut was labeled “final” or “permanent” does not mean that it cannot be changed. In fact, Modifications of Custody are one of the most common motions filed in Bridgeport and Stamford Courts.
1. The custody order that you want modified … Read More »
Posted in DCF, on July 31st, 2015
I recently saw an interesting article in New York Times regarding child abuse and neglect.
While the article does not focus on DCF Investigations in Connecticut it’s still worth a read.
The New Child Abuse Panic – The New York Times
Posted in Divorce, on July 31st, 2015
You have been just served with Connecticut divorce papers . Whether the case is filed in Bridgeport or Stamford Court this is what you should do:
1. Keep cool. Perhaps you forecasted that a divorce was in the works or your spouse even told you that a Marshal or other … Read More »
Posted in Juvenile Court, on July 31st, 2015
Juvenile Court judges in Bridgeport and Stamford have the authority to send a child who has been arrested to Bridgeport Juvenile Detention. A child is entitled to a lawyer for detention review hearings.
A child ends up in Bridgeport Juvenile Detention in one of two ways:
1. The police.
At … Read More »
Posted in Divorce, on July 13th, 2015
The Case Management Date is the way the Family Court tracks a Connecticut divorce case. In Bridgeport Court, it will be a Tuesday. In Stamford Court, it will be a Thursday.
There is a 90-day waiting period to obtain a divorce in Connecticut. The Case Management Date will be right … Read More »
Posted in Adoption, on July 10th, 2015
Probate Courts in Connecticut have exclusive jurisdiction to handle stepparent adoptions. We know that many stepparents have a parent like relationship with their spouse’s child. They spend lots of time together and do all the things those parents and children enjoy. The child loves and trusts the stepparent and even … Read More »
Posted in Divorce, on June 30th, 2015
The Return Date for a Connecticut divorce in Bridgeport or Stamford is always a Tuesday. The Plaintiff, or the Plaintiff’s attorney, should pick a Tuesday about 4 weeks out to allow the Defendant to be properly served. This also allows the return to be timely filed.
The other spouse (the … Read More »
Posted in DCF and Juvenile Court, on June 24th, 2015
When DCF believes that allegations of abuse or neglect require court involvement they will file a Neglect Petition. In Stamford Juvenile Court, most hearings occur on Thursdays.
Here is an overview:
Orders of Temporary Custody
In the most urgent of cases, DCF will remove a child under a 96-hour hold … Read More »
Posted in DCF, on June 24th, 2015
When DCF files a Neglect Petition in Connecticut Juvenile Court they can also request an Order of Temporary Custody (OTC). They will usually do this after they have executed a 96 hour hold because they believe that the child is serious danger and therefore the child should be immediately removed … Read More »