Connecticut Divorce without a Court appearance is here.   As COVID-19 forced the courts to change how they do business, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order allowing parties to proceed with uncontested divorces via affidavit, as opposed to having to take part in in-person court requirements. Most family law attorneys support this new process…
A Connecticut Application for Civil Protection Order is relatively new in Connecticut.  It is designed to allow a violence victim to obtain a Restraining Order against someone who is not a family member. There are three types of Connecticut Restraining Orders: 1.  Protective Order.  This is an order of protection issued by a Criminal Court…
Yes. The court has the authority to order either spouse to pay attorneys’ fees. Pendente Lite Legal Fees While the case is pending, the court may order one spouse to pay the reasonable legal fees of the other spouse.  The payment of legal fees at this stage is called pendente lite legal fees.  This typically…
Living Wills in Connecticut state a person’s wishes regarding the type of health care they wish to receive. Living Wills are only considered by medical providers when someone cannot make their own medical decisions or when they are unable to communicate those decisions. If you are in a terminal condition or have been declared to…
Emergency Custody Hearings and denial of parenting time in Connecticut. What can be done for parents who are separated from their children? The statutory language set forth in Conn. Gen. Stat. 46b-56f is the applicable standard for “emergency ex parte order of temporary custody,” identified as a Priority 1 Business Function under these circumstances.  I…
Filing a Restraining Order during the coronavirus can now be done remotely.  In the past, the Applicant was required to hand-deliver the Restraining Order to local Clerk’s Office. But no more. The Judicial Branch is now implementing a procedure for the remote filing of temporary Restraining Orders. An Applicant using these new forms will be able…
How is the Connecticut Probate Court being impacted by the coronavirus? Governor Lamont has essentially shut down these courts for the time being. Here is the relevant part of his order relating to Probate Court: Suspension of Non-Critical Probate Court Operations and Associated Requirements. Notwithstanding any provision of the Connecticut General Statutes, Probate Rules of…
There are many Connecticut Family Court & Juvenile Courts closings due to coronavirus. Only matters that are considered Priority 1 Business Functions will heard until further notice. These include the following: Family Court Family orders of relief from abuse (Restraining Orders); Ex parte motions such as requests for Emergency Custody; and Family capias mittimus execution…
Connecticut Divorce and coronavirus.  A difficult time for all of us. I hope you are safe and well. How is it impacting Family Court litigants and the legal profession? Here are some questions that were posed to the Family Court and their responses: 1. Emergency Custody Actions and Denial of Parenting Time or Visitation The…
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