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Do My Child’s Wishes Matter in a Custody Dispute?

In adjudicating custody and parenting time disputes, Courts are required to give consideration to a child’s wishes only in instances where a child is, “of sufficient age and capable of forming an intelligent preference.” There is no fixed age at which a child’s wishes...

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What is Child Custody in a Connecticut Divorce Case?

This Week's Blog by Eric J. Broder The term “child custody” can be broken down into two separate definitions, legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody addresses which parent has the right to make major decisions concerning the child(ren). Major decisions...

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What is Parental Alienation?

This Week's Blog by Jaime S. Dursht “Parental alienation is the process, and the result, of psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family members. It is a distinctive form of...

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Alcohol Testing

This Week's Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie The Court has the authority to order a parent to submit to alcohol testing as a condition of exercising parenting time with a minor child The alcohol testing protocol can be designed for the purpose of determining whether a...

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The Connecticut Divorce and Children With Special Needs

This Week's Blog by Eric J. Broder In Connecticut, the divorce rate is higher for marriages involving children with special needs Custody and Parenting Plans in a case where families have children with special needs often differ from more “typical” divorce cases...

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What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem, often referred to as “GAL,” is an individual appointed by the Court to ensure that the minor child’s best interests are represented during a parenting or custody dispute. Not every divorce case or custody dispute requires the appointment of a...

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What state has jurisdiction over Custody of my Children?

Due in part to the transient nature of modern society, Congress enacted legislation governing interstate custody disputes.  The two major legislative Acts are the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”) and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act...

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As discussed in Part I and II of this series, child support in Connecticut is determined by the Child Support Guidelines and numerous statutory factors. In the Connecticut court system there is a presumption that the amount of child support as calculated by the...

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