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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 »


DCF Safety Plans in Connecticut

Posted in DCF, on June 24th, 2015

What is a Connecticut DCF Safety Plan? Simply put, it is a written agreement between DCF and a parent made during an Investigation. The DCF Social Worker will usually tell the parent or guardian to sign or they will be charged with Neglect or Abuse and summoned to Juvenile Court.

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Bridgeport, CT Modification of Alimony

Posted in Alimony, on June 21st, 2015

Under Connecticut law, either spouse can petition the court for a post judgment modification of alimony unless the divorce decree precludes modification. The modification may be a request to increase or decrease the award, or temporarily or permanently stop the payments.

The party requesting the post-divorce modification has the burden … Read More »


Connecticut terminate parental rights if no ongoing relationship

Posted in Probate, on April 17th, 2015

In Connecticut Probate Courts one of the most common grounds to terminate parental rights is abandonment. The lack of an ongoing parent-child relationship is also frequently claimed as a ground when abandonment is alleged. Makes sense in that there is considerable factual overlap between these two concepts.

There are two … Read More »


Inheritance in a Connecticut Divorce

Posted in Divorce, on April 10th, 2015

Many spouses assume that they will keep any inheritance(s) they received if they get divorced in Connecticut. It is true that frequently judges view inheritances as assets which stay with the side of the family that generated the inheritance. However, this is not always the case.

A 2014 Connecticut Appellate … Read More »


What is DCF Connecticut Physical Neglect?

Posted in DCF, on April 4th, 2015

There are five categories of DCF Neglect in Connecticut. The most common is Physical Neglect which is broadly defined as the failure to provide and maintain adequate food. clothing, supervision and safety for a child.

Here are some examples:

Abandonment Failure to provide appropriate supervision by leaving a child alone … Read More »


Passenger claim: Fairfield car accident

Posted in Car Accidents, on March 16th, 2015

Here are the four scenarios involving car accidents and injuries to a passenger:

1. The driver of the car in which you were traveling caused the accident;

2. The driver of another car is at fault for the accident;

3. The accident happened because of state or municipal negligence such … Read More »


Taxes and Divorce in Connecticut

Posted in Divorce, on February 23rd, 2015

Here are the biggest issues with taxes and divorce in Connecticut.

1. Filing status. If you are still married on December 31, you can file joint returns. When a divorce settlement is reached in November or December lawyers often ask the judge to approve the agreement in January for this … Read More »