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DDS Registry Appeal

Posted in Uncategorized, on March 3rd, 2017

A DDS Registry Appeal is an employee’s chance to clear their name. A successful appeal keeps their name of the Registry thereby allowing them to pursue employment in their chosen field.

The DDS Registry is a data base of employees who were either fired or left a job because they … Read More »

Connecticut Custody Modification

Posted in Custody, on March 1st, 2017

A Connecticut Custody Modification involves changing the current Parenting Plan. Specifically, it requests a change of residential custody from one parent to the other. It may also be used to modify joint legal custody to sole custody – or vice versa.

Multiple court appearances are required if there is no … Read More »

Connecticut Bankruptcy and Divorce

Posted in Divorce, on February 28th, 2017

I get questions from time to time about Connecticut bankruptcy and divorce. The questions usually fall into two categories. The timing of a bankruptcy filing and how divorce debts are impacted by a later divorce filing.

I do not recommend filing for bankruptcy and divorce at the same time. When … Read More »

Juvenile Detention Risk Assessment

Posted in Juvenile Court, on February 26th, 2017

As of January 1,2017, the Juvenile Probation Department is required to conduct a Juvenile Detention Risk Assessment of all detained juveniles. The Assessment will be used by Juvenile Court judges to determine whether or not a child should be released pending resolution of their delinquency charges. The purpose is to … Read More »

Application for Relief from Abuse

Posted in Domestic Violence, on February 2nd, 2017

An Application for Relief from Abuse is commonly referred to as a Restraining Order. The purpose is to protect the Applicant. It is filed in the closest Connecticut Family where either the Applicant or Respondent lives. It should not be confused with a Protective Order which is issued in the … Read More »

Custody Application

Posted in Custody, on January 27th, 2017

A Custody Application is the way non-married parents set a parenting plan. It is also used for married parents with children who live apart and for divorced parents who failed to address custody and visitation at the time of their divorce.

The Family Court must first determine that it has … Read More »

Child Support Modification

Posted in Child Support, on January 24th, 2017

A Connecticut Child Support Modification is possible when there has been a change in circumstances impacting a parent’s ability to pay the current child support order.

Some examples include total loss of job or a substantial decrease in income. A recent case shows how the process works. Here is a … Read More »

DCF Order of Temporary Custody

Posted in DCF and Juvenile Court, on January 23rd, 2017

For a Juvenile Court to sustain a DCF order of temporary custody (OTC), it must find that DCF proved, by a fair preponderance of the evidence, that a minor child would be subjected to immediate physical danger, if returned to the custody of a parent.

A recent case illustrates this … Read More »

Teen Killed On Route 8 Was DCF Ward; 3rd Foster Child To Die in December

Posted in DCF in CT, on December 30th, 2016

The state Office of the Child Advocate has begun an investigation into the death of 14-year-old Michael Shore, who was struck and killed by passing vehicles after he got out of a car driven by his foster mother on Route 8 in Naugatuck Dec. 22.

He is the third foster-care … Read More »

Auto Accident Involving Cellphone Yields $1.3M Settlement

Posted in Car Accidents, on December 29th, 2016

An auto accident involving cellphone use has been settled.

Here is a summary: A Connecticut couple was severely injured when their car was struck from behind by a distracted driver. The case settled for $1.3 million. Naturally, the litigants had different versions about how significantly one driver’s cellphone figured in … Read More »