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Family law Archives

How Do Courts Determine Connecticut Child Custody Arrangements?

Connecticut family courts have several different child custody arrangements available: joint custody, sole custody or third-party custody. Most of the statutes in the state's child custody laws tend to favor joint custody arrangements, in which both parents share custody of the child. However, it's important for parents going through a divorce to be familiar with the factors that go into determining the type of arrangement.

Hundreds Jailed Annually in New Jersey Counties for Failure to Pay Child Support

According to a recent report, more than 1,800 men and women were either sentenced to home confinement or incarcerated last year in two counties in New Jersey because they failed to make their child support payments. These numbers have raised attention to this important issue throughout the country and drawn controversy from supporters of the punishment, as well as critics who say that the punishments are too harsh.

State Task Force Seeks Reforms to Connecticut Child Custody Laws

Earlier this year, a Connecticut task force found that reforms were necessary to child custody cases heard in the state's courts. The Connecticut legislature created the group, called the Task Force to Study Legal Disputes Involving the Care and Custody of Minor Children, last year. The task force recommended a variety of reforms, including a cap on court-appointed child guardians' fees.

ADR: How Can it Help You?

A traditional divorce case that goes to court is not always beneficial or productive. Exes can waste a lot of time, money and emotion on issues that become contentious in the heat of the moment. Methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can reduce the costs, conflict and exposure that accompany most divorces. How can these processes help you in Connecticut?

For the Child: Understanding the Role of the Guardian Ad Litem in Connecticut

In a contested custody matter, the court may appoint a Guardian ad litem (GAL) for a child or children. If the court or your attorney recommends appointment of a GAL, it is important to understand his or her role and how he or she can influence your case.

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