Child Custody & Parenting Plans
The Family Relations Counselors are court employees who are typically social workers or attorneys. Family Services offers a wide variety of services to help resolve visitation, parenting, and financial disputes like property division, alimony, and child support in divorce, separation, custody, and post-judgment actions.
A custody evaluation is performed by a neutral mental health professional — often a social worker or psychologist or social trained to perform evaluations in litigated custody cases.
There are two types of custody evaluations in Connecticut: Family Services Evaluations and Private Custody Evaluations. In both, a custody evaluation is performed by a neutral mental health professional — often a social worker or psychologist or social trained to perform evaluations in litigated custody cases.
In some Connecticut divorce and family law cases, there is a Family Services Custody Evaluation. However, not every case includes a custody evaluation — it only happens when the parties (and their lawyers) or the Court decide that one is appropriate.
There’s a lot of legal terminologies involved when making custody, visitation, & parenting decisions in your divorce or following a breakup with your partner. It’s no wonder that a common question our child custody attorneys are asked is: “What are the Connecticut child custody laws?”
Many people involved in a divorce, separation, or custody matter wonder whether Connecticut has a divorce parenting class requirement. The short answer is yes, Connecticut requires parents to take a parenting education class. Read on to learn more. Connecticut Parenting Education Program Under Section 46b-69b, Connecticut requires all parents of minor children to participate in…
But in emergency situations, an “emergency ex parte custody application” provides an exception to the rules of due process. It allows the court to rule on your application without the other parent’s advanced, normal involvement. If the judge grants the emergency motion, the order is only temporary.
The terms “custody” and “visitation” or sometimes used interchangeably, but they actually have different meanings. For example, custody is a broader term. It and can refer to either legal or physical custody. On the other hand, visitation refers to the time spent with a child.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that “The right of a parent to raise his or her children has been recognized as a basic constitutional right.” As a result, the termination of parental rights process has significant safeguards to protect a parent’s constitutional rights.
One of the major decisions to make during a divorce is how the parenting schedule will work. Many families have a shared parenting schedule, where their children spend significant time with each parent. For many, the “normal” schedule is established, and then the plan is further refined to address special occasions like holidays and vacations.