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Family Standing Orders
Presiding Judge, Family - Hon. Lloyd Cutsumpas

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Standing Orders Re: Family Short Calendar

PROCEDURE FOR SHORT CALENDAR:

Court begins at 9:30 a.m. there shall be no formal call of the calendar.

All contested matters, except motions concerning questions of law, shall report to family relations for discussion.

Motions regarding questions of law need not report to family relations. However, the moving party must complete a "memo to clerk" form which must be submitted to the courtroom clerk.

Agreements will be called first in the order received by the courtroom clerk. Following agreements, contested matters will be heard according to the length of time indicated on the "memo to clerk."

When parties return from family relations, the moving party must submit the fully completed "memo to clerk" form to the courtroom clerk. These forms are available in the courtroom or at family relations. If the form is incomplete, the clerk will return it to the parties for completion.

The court shall limit the argument to the time indicated on the "memo to clerk." If more time is needed, the matter will be placed at the end of the docket. If more than one hour is necessary, the court may specially assign the matter for another day.

At 10:00 a.m. the court will call those cases in which the opposing party has failed to appear. If the non-appearing party is the moving party, the matter will be marked off for failure to appear. If the moving party is present, and the non-appearing party was properly served, and all required documents are presented to the court, the court will proceed with a hearing on the matter according to the time indicated on the "memo to clerk."

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Short Calendar Notice:

SHORT CALENDAR NOTICE

Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford
SUPERIOR COURT
14 W. River Street - Milford
9:30 A.M.
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Family Short Calendar
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Hon. Lloyd Cutsumpas (P.J.)
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IMPORTANT NOTICE

On the Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday before the scheduled date, the MOVING party must call the Clerk's Office and leave a message on the answering machine indicating that the case is READY. Only those cases that have been marked "READY" in accordance with the rules will be heard. The number to call is (203) 878-6148. The hours to call are Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. through Friday 11:00 a.m. Cases will be marked "OFF" unless a message is received by that time. Markings may also be faxed to 876-8640 only on a form that is available in the clerk's office from 8:00 A.M. Wednesday through 11:00 A.M. Friday of the week preceding the scheduled calendar.

If the preceding Friday is a holiday, calls and faxes will be accepted at the above numbers between Tuesday at 8:00 A.M. and Wednesday at 11:00 A.M.

No "OVER", "CONTINUED", OR "TAKE PAPERS" markings will be accepted. Counsel or Pro Se parties who mark a case "READY" must notify the other side of the marking.

All agreements must be in writing and signed by all concerned.

THERE IS NO CALL OF THE SHORT CALENDAR. If there is an agreement or questions of law, fully complete the "MEMO TO CLERK" form and hand to the courtroom clerk. If there is no agreement, parties must report first to the Family Relations Office for discussion. All parties are then to appear in court with a fully completed "MEMO TO CLERK" form which is to be handed to the courtroom clerk. Agreements and Pro Bono matters will be heard first in the order received followed by contested cases.

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Checklist for an Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage:

The following documents may be needed for an uncontested hearing:

1. Dissolution of Marriage Report (Form JD-FM-181) (C.P.B. Sec. 25-58)
     Used by the State to keep statistics on divorce.

2. Plaintiff's Financial Affidavit (Form JD-FM-6) (C.P.B. Sec. 25-30)
     Items left blank are assumed to be zero...form must be signed and sworn to before a Notary Public or Commissioner of the Superior Court.

3. Defendant's Financial Affidavit (Form JD-FM-6) (C.P.B. Sec. 25-30)
     Items left blank are assumed to be zero...must be signed and sworn to before a Notary Public or Commissioner of the Superior Court.

4. Affidavit Concerning Children (Form JD-FM-164) (C.P.B. Sec. 25-57)
     Must be signed and sworn to before a Notary Public or Commissioner of the Superior Court.

5. Child Support Guidelines Worksheet (Form-CCSG-1) (C.P.B.Sec.25-30)
     Both sides of the form must be completed and it must be signed and dated by preparer.

6. Affidavit Concerning Military Service (Form JD-FM-178) (C.P.B. Sec. 17-21)
     Used if there is a non-appearing defendant .

7. Advisement of Rights (Form JD-FM-71) (C.P.B. Sec. 25-30)
     Used where alimony or support is to be ordered. If an immediate wage withholding order is to be waived, check the appropriate box on the front side and complete the reverse side of the document.

8. Wage Withholding Order (Form-1)
     Complete if an immediate wage withholding order is desired.

9. Signed Divorce Agreement or Stipulation (Form JD-FM-172)
     Used if the parties have an agreement on all issues.

10. Written Claims for Relief
     Used if there is a non-appearing Defendant and more than a dissolution of marriage is claimed.

11. Parenting Education Program Certificate
      

      
A report from the provider that the program has been completed.

Please review your file to insure that your have all such necessary forms PRIOR to appearing before the court. If you need a particular form, please ask for one at the Clerk's office on the first floor.

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Status Conference Procedure:

  • Within 30 days of filing a case management agreement indicating the case is either a limited contested or fully contested case, the matter is set down for an in chambers status conference.
  • Regardless of the case management agreement, all cases are set down for a status conference after 90 days have elapsed from the return day.
  • When two lawyers are involved, status conferences are conducted by the presiding judge on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.
  • When at least one pro se party is involved, the conference is conducted on the record in open court at the 10:00 a.m. call of the calendar.

The status conference notice, which follows, notices the lawyers/pro se party to appear, with financial affidavits, in order to resolve discovery requests and further scheduling.

Attendance at the status conference is mandatory. Failure to report at the scheduled time may result in the issuance of sanctions pursuant to CGS Section 51-84B.

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Status Conference Notice:

Milford Family Caseflow
203-877-4293

A status conference has been scheduled for the Date and time indicated above. All attorneys/ pro se parties shall be present and financial affidavits provided. During the conference the following shall be addressed:
1) parenting issues shall be discussed and appropriate action taken.
2) discovery requests shall be discussed and resolved financial affidavits to be provided.
3) scheduling dates for further proceedings shall be determined.

Please report to courtroom C at the scheduled time. Failure to report on time may result in the issuance of sanctions pursuant to CGS section 51-84b.

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Standing Orders: Re Limited Contested Cases:

SUPERIOR COURT
JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF ANSONIA-MILFORD
AT MILFORD
14 WEST RIVER STREET
MILFORD, CT 06460

STANDING TRIAL MANAGEMENT ORDER

Counsel and pro se parties in the above captioned matter are ordered to submit to the trial judge, one week prior to the assigned trial date, documents in compliance with this Trial Management Order. Only one packet is to be submitted by each party. The compliance shall contain the following:

1. Current sworn financial affidavit which include detailed income statements, a complete list of liabilities, fair market value of all assets and current value of all retirement and employment benefits.

2. A list of all pending motions, outstanding discovery requests and proposed motions in limine.

3. A list setting forth the names and addresses of each witness to be called at trial, including the relationship of each witness to the case (e.g. party, fact witness, expert); and whether a scheduling problem exists as to the testimony of any such witness. Witnesses not listed will not be allowed to testify except for good cause shown.

4. A list of exhibits reasonably expected to be introduced, indexed by number for plaintiff (i.e. Plaintiff’s 1), letter for defendant (i.e. Defendant’s A), and M+numeral for minor child(ren) (i.e. M#1). The list shall briefly describe each exhibit and indicate whether any party objects to the admission of such exhibit. If there is an objection, the exhibit should be marked for identification. The actual exhibits shall not be included with the list to be sent to the court but shall be exchanged by the parties within the time specified. Exhibits not listed will not be admissible except for good cause shown. Counsel are to report to the courtroom clerk at 9 a.m. in order to complete the marking of exhibits for the trial.

5. Per your request, your case was assigned trial dates to which you will be held accountable. If for some reason more or fewer days are needed, specify the number and the reasons for the change. Acknowledgement

6. If custody and visitation are agreed upon, a written and signed stipulation should be included detailing the agreement of the parties.

7. Written proposed orders (see Conn. Prac.. Bk. Sec. 25-30) which shall be comprehensive and shall set forth the party’s requested relief including where applicable the following:

a. a parenting plan;
b. child support;
c. alimony;
d. medical insurance;
e. life insurance;
f. property division;
g. retirement benefits;
h. division of liabilities;
i. tax issues;
j. counsel fees.

8. In addition to documents mentioned earlier herein, the following documents where applicable are to be submitted on the day of trial:

a. dissolution of marriage report;
b. affidavit concerning children;
c. child support guidelines;
d. advisement of rights form;
e. certification of attendance at parenting education.

9. Special trial needs (i.e. blackboard, video equipment, tape recorders, etc.) must be specified by each party.

10. Counsel and the parties are to be civil to one another and respectful to the court. When addressing the Court or questioning witnesses, counsel are requested to stand unless given permission otherwise. Do no interrupt the Court, witnesses or opposing counsel. When objecting, state the grounds with the objection.

11. Ex parte communication with the court is strictly prohibited.

12. All court personnel are to be treated with courtesy and respect.

13. When both parties are represented by counsel, a trial management conference with counsel and the court will take place immediately before commencement of the trial in chambers. When one or both of the parties is pro se, the trial management conference will take place immediately before commencement of the trial in open court.

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LLOYD CUTSUMPAS
PRESIDING JUDGE

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Standing Orders for Family Special Masters:

Counsel and pro se parties in the above captioned matter are ordered to submit to opposing counsel or the opposing party with certification to the Court (pursuant to Practice Book Section 25-30(b)) documents in compliance with this Order at least TEN (10) DAYS before the scheduled Family Special Masters Session. The compliance shall contain the following:

1. Current sworn financial affidavits, which include detailed income statements, a complete list of liabilities, fair market value of all assets and current value of all retirement and employment benefits.

2. Claims for Relief which shall include the following, if appropriate:

  • a parenting plan;
  • alimony
  • child support;
  • property division;
  • counsel fees;
  • life insurance;
  • medical insurance;
  • division of liabilities;
  • retirement benefits; and,
  • tax issues.

All parties and counsel must promptly appear at the scheduled time of their Special Masters' assignment. Immediately following the session, counsel and pro se parties are to report to the Family Case Flow Coordinator, Gretchen Magel, for further assignment.

Failure to comply with Standing Order may result in sanctions (including Connecticut General Statutes § 51-84).

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LLOYD CUTSUMPAS
PRESIDING JUDGE, FAMILY
SEPTEMBER 11, 2000


SUPERIOR COURT
JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF ANSONIA/MILFORD
AT MILFORD
14 WEST RIVER STREET
MILFORD, CT 06460


DATE:_________________________

DOCKET #:__________________________

NAME OF CASE:_________________________

 

The undersigned attorneys or pro se parties of record acknowledge that notice of trial to be held on _________________________ has been received on the above date. MOTIONS FOR CONTINUANCE MUST BE FILED AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TRIAL DATE. SUCH REQUESTS WILL NOT BE GRANTED UNLESS FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN.

The undersigned also acknowledge that failure of counsel or a pro se party to appear for trial on the trial date will result in either the dismissal of the case, with prejudice, or the matter may proceed as an uncontested dissolution.

The undersigned also acknowledge receipt of both the Standing Trial Management Order and Trial Management Conference Procedure.

______________________________
Counsel for Plaintiff/Pro Se

______________________________
Counsel for Defendant/Pro Se

______________________________
Counsel for Minor Child(ren)

 

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