It goes without saying that texting while driving is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, careless drivers continue to do it. I have witnessed this firsthand.  Stupid – to be polite. In fact, operating a motor vehicle while texting or talking on a cell phone may be considered more than just ordinary negligence. It may be reckless conduct which…

As a general rule, Connecticut state agencies such as DCF are immune from suit.  Therefore, parents need permission from the Claims Commissioner’s Office to sue DCF for injuries their child suffered in foster care. DCF has argued that since the parents lost custody and guardianship as part of Juvenile Court case, that they are not…

    By Brian Kaschel of Brian D. Kaschel Law Office posted in Divorce, on February 1st, 2018. 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…

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…

  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…

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…

  The article below shows a change in DCF’s philosophy of removing children from their parents.  Family Based Recoverry (FBR) provides services to families in their homes. Source: DCF’s New Strategy: Treating Children And Families In Their Own Homes

  A DCF Permanency Plan is filed nine months from the date of a child’s initial out of home placement.  It is then filed every 12 months thereafter for as long as the child is in DCF care. The purpose of a Permanency Plan is to make sure that the cases are reviewed periodically so…

The Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office released new details on the death of 15-month-old Michael Citron. Source: Baby in DCF Care Died After Being Given Medication: ME | NBC Connecticut

  Interesting piece in the Connecticut Law Tribune about Homeschooling. Some detractors of home schooling believe that it hurts the child socially. Others argue that there is no way to monitor attendance or how much time is being devoted to academics. Educators voice concern over how “equivalent instruction” is measured. Have a read below: Source:…

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