Court Forms - Connecticut
Pathfinders prepared by the
Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:
Reports - Office of Legislative Research:
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - 2012-R-0391
You asked for information on state
financial assistance programs for grandparents raising
Grandparents' Visitation Rights in Connecticut
You asked us to summarize five Supreme Court cases (four from
Connecticut's court and one from the U.S. Supreme Court) involving
child visitation and custody disputes between fit parents and third
parties, including grandparents (Castagno v. Whoelean, Troxel v.
Granville, Roth v. Weston, Fish v. Fish, and DiGiovanni v. St.
Visitation Over a Parents' Objection
You asked what legislation could be enacted to strengthen a
grandparent's right to visit his or her grandchild over a parent's
Grandparents' Visitation Rights
You asked for a comparison of Connecticut's law on grandparents'
right to visit their grandchildren with the laws on that subject in
You asked several questions regarding grandparents' rights to
petition the court for visitation with their grandchildren.
You asked us to give an overview of the financial assistance programs the
state provides to grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
You asked us to highlight differences when grandparents raise their
grandchildren as (1) Department of Children and Families (DCF)-subsidized
guardians or (2) probate court-appointed guardians.
You asked for an
explanation of Connecticut law on grandparents' custody of,
and visitation with, their grandchildren.
Grandparents' Custody of Grandchildren
You asked for an explanation of (1)
Connecticut law on grandparents'
custody of, and visitation with, their grandchildren and (2) "de facto"
custody laws in other states.
Act Concerning Visitation Rights for Grandparents and Other Persons.
( Effective October 1, 2012)
Roth v. Weston,
259 Conn. 202 (2002).
Clements v. Jones,
71 Conn. App. 688 (2002).
272 Conn. 500 (2005).
Fish v. Fish,
285 Conn. 24, 45 (2008). [Custody]
Kinship Navigator program
Commissioner to use best efforts to notify grandparent
when child removed from custody of parent.
(Formerly Sec. 46-42). Superior Court orders re custody,
care, therapy, counseling and drug and alcohol screening of minor children or
parents in actions for dissolution of marriage, legal separation and annulment.
Access to records of minor children by noncustodial parent. Parenting education
best interest of child to be in custody of parent.
46-47). Third party intervention re custody of minor children. Preference of
Court may grant
right of visitation to any person.
Connecticut Practice Book
25-3. Action for Custody for Minor Child
25-4. Action for Visitation of Minor Child