Connecticut Juvenile Courts must now consider a parent’s request for posttermination visitation as part of Termination of Parental Rights case.  This is a very important ruling relating to family integrity and the preservation of familial ties. In a unanimous decision, the Appellate Court determined that the trial judge, Carl Taylor, misconstrued the applicable statute and…
A Case Date in Connecticut Family Court replaces Short Calendar.  Before the pandemic, attorneys and clients would gather en masse at the Courthouse to have motions heard.  It was a largely inefficient process.  There was more bullshitting with colleagues than anything else.  Social Calendar was a more appropriate term.  It was not uncommon to hang…
Connecticut Divorce without a Court appearance is here.   COVID-19 forced the courts to change how they do business.  Here in Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order allowing parties to proceed with uncontested divorces without going to court.   Most family law attorneys support this new process.  It could help spouses avoid difficult living arrangements. …
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…
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