What are Connecticut DCF Safety Plans? 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. From a social worker’s perspective, Safety…

Connecticut has some the of the toughest laws in the country regarding texting and driving. And there is a movement to increase penalties for two time losers – ugh offenders. Bravo. We have all seen idiots texting and driving. I have witnessed these morons racing on I-95 doing it. Why would you sacrifice your life…

Allegations of Connecticut school truancy can be a source of conflict between parents and school administration.  It can also lead to an unwanted referral to DCF alleging educational neglect Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-198a provides the relevant regulations that each school district must follow regarding student attendance.  It states: “A student’s absence’ from school shall…

I frequently field questions about the interplay between a 401(k) and Connecticut divorce. For example, if you are getting divorced, is your spouse’s 401(k) an asset you should share when the marriage is dissolved? If you don’t work for your spouse’s employer, can the retirement account be split? The answer to both of these questions…

A Connecticut 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 jurisdiction to hear…

Connecticut Probate Court Appeals vary.  The time to file an appeal depends on the type of case being appealed. Time for Appeal to be Filed A Probate Court appeal must be filed  within 45 days if it concerns the following: Appointing a guardian or conservator for a veteran or beneficiary of veterans’ benefits; Compensation of a…

  DCF relative placement changes are on the way.  This is great news for families in Connecticut. Relatives should always be given priority for placement when a child comes into DCF custody.  Unfortunately, I find this process varies depending on the DCF Office involved.  Now comes some new law that should help get children placed…

Connecticut Custodial Interference is defined as follows: In the first degree: Class D felony. “(a) A person is guilty of custodial interference in the first degree when he commits custodial interference in the second degree as provided in section 53a-98: (1) Under circumstances which expose the child or person taken or enticed from lawful custody…

Important case involving Connecticut DCF medical decisions.  DCF cannot authorize vaccinations for children in their custody.  That’s the recent decision from the Connecticut Supreme Court.  Read more about it below: Conn. Supreme Court: DCF Can’t Mandate Vaccinations Over Parental Rights | Connecticut Law Tribune The Court’s ruling seems to be rather narrow.  Essentially, vaccinations are…

Connecticut divorce and pet custody issues are on the rise.  In the past, spouses going through a divorce focused on money and of course the children. Now there is a trend to have issues concerning pets addressed as a part of final divorce orders.  Or no agreement can be reach, spouses are taking issues and…

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