Guardianship of a child in Connecticut includes the authority to make major decisions affecting the child's education, welfare and medical treatment. The process of removing a parent as a child's guardian, starts with an Application filed in the Probate Court.
Broadly speaking, Connecticut DCF defines Neglect as allowing a child to be denied proper care and attention physically, educationally, emotional or morally. By DCF standards, Neglect is also permitting a child to live under conditions or circumstances that are injurious to his or her well-being.
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 Court.
There are eight grounds to terminate parental rights in Connecticut Probate Court. In my experience, the most common is abandonment.
DCF has 45 days to complete a Neglect or Abuse Investigation. At the conclusion of the Investigation, DCF will "snail mail" the "Notice of Investigation Results." An accused should appeal any recommendation for placement on the Central Registry.
When the Norwalk or Bridgeport DCF believes that a case is important enough to involve a judge, they will file a Neglect Petition in Bridgeport Juvenile Court. If there are immediate safety concerns DCF will also apply for an Order of Temporary Custody.
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the agency in Connecticut responsible for investigating allegations of child neglect. Usually an Investigation starts when mandated reporters such as teachers, guidance counselors, school social workers and therapists call the DCF Hotline. All they need is "reasonable suspicion" to contact DCF.
If you are reading this, you probably were involved in an car accident in Fairfield, Connecticut. There are a lot of blogs about what to do at the scene. This post is about what to do once you are safe at home.
The leading reason for modifying alimony post-divorce in Connecticut is a decrease in income - either less earnings or outright unemployment. These motions are filed regularly in the Bridgeport and Stamford Court.
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.