Child Custody

Your girlfriend is pregnant. The State of Connecticut has laws about your situation.
If you can’t afford to pay court fees, tell the court clerk you want to apply for a fee waiver – which means the court will not charge you. You can probably get a fee waiver if you get public benefits (such as welfare, food stamps, SNAP, or SSI) or if your income is very low. This article gives...
Can’t agree on custody or visitation or are you worried your child is not safe? You might want to ask for a lawyer for your child. Read this to learn: why your child might need a lawyer, how to ask for one, what the lawyer would do to find a solution, who pays, and more.
This booklet has been written for fathers who are not married to the mother of their baby. In it you will find important information about establishing paternity for your baby.By: The Connecticut Department of Social Services, and The Department of Public Health
This booklet has been written for mothers who are not married to the father of their baby. In it you will find important information about establishing paternity for your baby.By: The Connecticut Department of Social Services, and The Department of Public Health
As a father, you have the right to see your child—even if you are behind on child support. Read this article to learn your rights about paternity, visitation, custody, child support, if your child is moving, and more.
Going to court can be stressful. This video will cover everything you need to know about getting ready for a court hearing, including what to wear, and more.
Is your custody or visitation order not working or not being followed? You can probably have your order changed IF: You can prove your situation has changed a lot AND the judge decides it would be best for your child. Read this to learn: what you can do; the steps to take; the cost; the court...
Putting Children First: Minimizing Conflict in Custody Disputes  To help families involved in custody disputes.  By: The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
Is your ex not paying child support, medical expenses, or not following other court orders? You can get help from the court by asking for a contempt order. Your ex must go to court and explain why he disobeyed the court order. Read this to learn the steps to take to ask for help enforcing court...
A publication by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.
The Attorney General represents the interests of the people of the State of Connecticut in all civil legal matters involving the state to protect the public interest, and to serve as legal counsel to all state agencies.
Working together with families and communities to improve child safety, ensure that more children have permanent families, and advance the overall well-being of children is the central focus of the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Official Court Forms of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch. Available as fillable and printable legal forms in the areas of: Administrative, Civil, Criminal, Family, General, Grievance, Housing, Juvenile, Probate, Supreme/Appellate,...
Court Service Centers are located within Judicial District Courthouses, and are staffed by Judicial Branch employees trained to assist all court patrons. Several Court Service Centers have bilingual staff.
The Judicial Branch has a list of Connecticut State Marshals on their website or at the clerk's office in your local courthouse.
Oversees Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, child care, child support enforcement, child abuse and neglect, etc.
A list of common legal words and their definitions compiled by the Connecticut Judicial Branch. If you didn't find what you were looking for in the Connecticut Judicial Branch glossary, try this glossary of legal terms by the U.S....
Infoline (2-1-1) is a free service that can help you with many different kinds of problems, including substance abuse, domestic violence, suicide prevention, financial problems, and more. It is available 24 hours a day and 365 days per...
This pamphlet explains how to tell the court you’re ready to go to court if you have a family case (Marking process).
Connecticut’s Fatherhood Initiative is a broad-based, statewide program led by the Department of Social Services that is focused on changing systems to improve fathers’ ability to be fully and positively involved in the lives of their...
If you are involved in a divorce, dissolution of a civil union, annulment, separation, custody or visitation case then you are required by law to participate in a parenting education program. This link provides a list of programs in the...
This publication, by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, explains what to expect when you go to Family Support Magistrate Court. It answers common questions such as how to find the courtroom, how to act in court, what to bring with...
Use this form to list additional children to form JD-FM-164, Affidavit Concerning Children.
Fill out this form if you are asking for temporary custody of your children.
The Appearance form tells the court that you plan to participate in the case and that you should get a notice whenever something happens in the case. This form is also used to tell the court when you have changed your address.Help text for...
If you cannot afford to pay certain court fees to start a case in court and you have very little income, you may have a right to a fee waiver. Use this form to ask the court to allow you not to pay.Help text for Application for Waiver of...
Case Management Dates 2010, Form JD-FM-165A for Danbury, Hartford, Litchfield, Middletown, New Britain, New London, Norwich, Putnam, Rockville.Case Management Dates 2010, Form JD-FM-165B for Bridgeport, Milford, New Haven, Stamford.Case...
A written request to a judge asking to punish a person for not obeying a court order.
The court needs a mailing address. This form tells the court not to put your address in the court file where the abusive person might see it. The abusive person will not get a copy of this form.
Going to court can be stressful. This video will cover everything you need to know about getting ready for a court hearing, including what to wear, who to bring with you, what happens when you see the judge, meeting with a mediator, and...
Putting Children First: Minimizing Conflict in Custody Disputes  To help families involved in custody disputes.  By: The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
Infoline (2-1-1) is a free service that can help you with many different kinds of problems, including substance abuse, domestic violence, suicide prevention, financial problems, and more. It is available 24 hours a day and 365 days per...
Statewide Legal Services is a telephone hotline helping callers with legal problems in Connecticut. They talk to callers about many different non-criminal legal problems. Some of the problems they can talk to you about include family,...