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Review counsel for a Connecticut divorce

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 »

Modification of Custody Bridgeport and Stamford Court

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 »

Connecticut DCF Investigations: child neglect and abuse

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



Served with Connecticut divorce papers

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 »

Bridgeport Juvenile Detention

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 »

Case Management Date for a Connecticut divorce

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 »

Stepparent adoption in Connecticut

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 »

Return Date Connecticut Divorce

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 »

DCF cases in Stamford Juvenile Court

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 »

DCF Connecticut Order of Temporary Custody

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 »