Custodial Interference in Connecticut 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…

  A Modification of Physical Custody requests that a judge change where a child lives.  It is also referred to as a Modification of Residential Custody. Modification of Physical Custody Lawyer  – Fairfield and Stamford The judge must first decide whether there has been a “substantial change in circumstances” since the last custody order.  …

  Shared Physical Custody is becoming more and more common in Connecticut Family Court  This is true whether the case involves unmarried parents or parents going through a divorce. Shared Physical Custody Lawyer – Fairfield and Stamford Physical Custody, also known as Residential Custody, is where a child lives.  So in a Shared Physical Custody situation,…

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 agreement.  The judge will usually…

Joint legal custody in Connecticut is about decision making.   Ordinarily, it gives both parents equal rights to make major decisions for their children.  This is the usual arrangement but there are instances when joint legal custody is not in the child’s best interest.  For example, if a parent has a history of using poor…

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 physical custody of one of…

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.  State the all reasons as…

Connecticut cases of parental alienation seem to be increasing.  Or at least cases I am familiar with. There are many reasons why a child might not have a positive relationship with a parent. Many times, it is the parent’s own actions or in actions, which has caused the estrangement.  It is too easy (and tempting)…

I get a few inquiries a month about the law on moving from Connecticut with children to another state or even another country. In Connecticut, a parent will be allowed to relocate with a child if: Relocation is for a legitimate purpose; The proposed relocation is reasonable in light of that purpose; and The move…

The Case Management Date for a Connecticut divorce is the way the Family Court tracks a case. In Bridgeport Court, it will be a Tuesday.  In Stamford Court, it will be a Thursday. There is a 90-day waiting period to obtain a divorce in Connecticut. The Case Management Date will be right after that period…

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