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Immediate Temporary Custody

Posted in Probate, on July 20th, 2016

Immediate Temporary Custody in Connecticut can be granted to a non-relative in Probate Court if certain conditions exist. There are several different scenarios in which a Probate Court can grant Immediate Temporary Custody. However, as a practical matter, it almost involves a situation where the child is not in the … Read More »


DCF Administrative Hearings

Posted in DCF in CT, on July 17th, 2016

DCF Administrative Hearings are the way to contest a DCF decision. This hearing should be requested after an unsuccessful DCF Internal Review or other failed negotiations with DCF.

Essentially, a DCF Administrative Hearing is an appeal when a parent or other individual disagrees with a DCF Substantiation, Central Registry placement … Read More »


DCF Internal Review

Posted in DCF in CT, on July 16th, 2016

A DCF Internal Review is the first step in a DCF Appeal. When someone disagrees with a Substantiation finding or placement on the DCF Central Registry they must request a DCF Internal Review within 30 days of receiving the Notification of Investigation Results from DCF. In fact, since you are … Read More »


Contempt for Parental Alienation

Posted in Parental Alienation, on July 9th, 2016

Filing a Motion for Contempt for Parental Alienation deals with the offending behavior head on.

Is one parent causing the child to turn on the other? Has the parent-child relationship been damaged by the words or actions of the custodial parent?

Any well drafted Parenting Plan has language that forbids … Read More »


Petition for Removal of Guardian

Posted in Probate, on July 2nd, 2016

A Petition for Removal of Guardian is filed in the Probate Court by using Form PC-500.

The Probate Judge usually requests the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to conduct an Investigation and file a report concerning the parents, the allegations and a recommendation regarding the suitability of the proposed … Read More »


Stamford Juvenile Court Closing

Posted in Juvenile Court, on June 23rd, 2016

News of the Stamford Juvenile Court closing has not been well received . Not good for the parents and children who live in lower Fairfield County and even worse for those families that rely on public transportation to get to and from court appearances.

No specific date has been set … Read More »


DCF Commitment in Connecticut

Posted in DCF and Juvenile Court, on June 22nd, 2016

DCF Commitment of a child means that custody and guardianship of a child is transferred to DCF.

For a child to be committed to DCF, there must be two separate court findings

Adjudication of the Neglect Petition. A Juvenile Court judge must find that the child was neglected, abused or … Read More »


Connecticut Juvenile Delinquency

Posted in Juvenile Court, on May 31st, 2016

Generally speaking juvenile delinquency in Connecticut Juvenile Court involves the violation of a state or federal law by someone under the age of 18. In other words, the police allege they have committed a crime.

The Juvenile Court does not usually use the term felony or misdemeanor. Instead, the important … Read More »


Abandonment Termination of Parental Rights

Posted in Adoption, on May 30th, 2016

Abandonment is the most common ground to terminate parental rights (TPR) in Connecticut.

If a parent is filing the TPR it starts in the Probate Court. If DCF is involved, the TPR is filed in the local Juvenile Court. Whenever a TPR is filed, the Probate Court or Juvenile will … Read More »


Connecticut Emergency Custody

Posted in Custody, on May 18th, 2016

Filing for Connecticut Emergency Custody is necessary when a child needs immediate protection. Fortunately, there is a process to get a court order right away, without a hearing, to make sure the child is safe. This is called an ex parte order.

This is how it works:

Complete an Affidavit. … Read More »