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Child cannot challenge DCF Central Registry decision

Posted in DCF, on January 28th, 2016

A child victim lacks standing to challenge a Hearing Officer’s decision removing their alleged abuser’s name from the DCF Central Registry. In other words, an adult can appeal a Substantiation or Central Registry decision but not the child who is the subject of the DCF Investigation.

Read the case here:

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Connecticut DCF Medical Neglect

Posted in DCF, on December 16th, 2015

Medical Neglect Investigations almost always start with either a pediatrician or a doctor at a hospital making a referral to DCF. These referrals usually involve allegations that either:

A parent is refusing to authorize medically indicated treatment for their child; or A parent has missed a series of medical, dental … Read More »


Risk of Injury – Connecticut DCF Investigations

Posted in DCF, on December 15th, 2015

When a parent of guardian is arrested for Risk of Injury to a Minor in Connecticut a trip to criminal court is usually only the beginning. In most cases, DCF will also soon be involved.

Law enforcement officials are all mandated reporters. They must notify DCF when they have “reasonable … Read More »


Connecticut School Expulsion Hearings

Posted in Uncategorized, on December 6th, 2015

Connecticut school expulsion hearings are required for students who allegedly:

Had a gun or other dangerous weapon on school grounds or at school related activity Used a gun or other dangerous weapon off school grounds Sold or attempted to sell drugs whether on or off school grounds.

A student may … Read More »


Connecticut Educational Neglect

Posted in DCF, on November 22nd, 2015

Connecticut Educational Neglect Investigations usually starts with the school or other local education agency referring the case to DCF by filing a form 136.

The 136 will include the following:

Specific dates of unexcused absences The efforts made by the school to address the child’s attendance such as scheduling conferences … Read More »


Connecticut DCF Neglect Petition

Posted in DCF, DCF and Juvenile Court, on November 11th, 2015

You might not have seen it coming because you thought DCF was closing their case. Or maybe you anticipated it because DCF was upset that you didn’t follow their recommendations and now they want you to answer to a judge. Here you are: You have been served with a Connecticut … Read More »


Restraining Orders in Stamford Court

Posted in Domestic Violence, on October 13th, 2015

Restraining Orders in Stamford Court offer protection for those that have been threatened or abused and live in lower Fairfield County.

Here’s the process:

The person requesting the order of protection (the Applicant) must file an Application along with an Affidavit. The Affidavit must set forth the specific reasons as … Read More »


Connecticut Child Guardianship

Posted in Probate, on October 13th, 2015

Connecticut child guardianship 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 usually starts with an Application filed in the Probate Court but cal also be done in the Family Court if a divorce … Read More »


Dog bites in Connecticut

Posted in Personal Injury, on October 13th, 2015

Dog bites in Connecticut happen far too often. Fortunately, Connecticut has a statute, which imposes strict liability on owners and keepers of dogs if the dog injures another person.

Here is the “dog bite statute” – Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 22-257:

“If any dog does any damage to either the … Read More »


Non adversarial divorce in Connecticut

Posted in Divorce, on October 4th, 2015

Non adversarial divorce in Connecticut is here.

Two new divorce laws went into effect on October 1, 2015 which limit the amount of time a couple has to wait to get a divorce.

A divorce may be granted in 35 days rather than waiting the usual 90 days if:

The … Read More »