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Family Forms
Filing for Custody or Visitation (or both)

Disclaimer: The information on this web page is provided as a service and a convenience by the Connecticut Judicial Branch. It is not intended as legal advice to any person.

If you have questions about the use of these forms, your legal rights, or particular issues in your case, it is strongly recommended that you talk to an attorney.
 
 

Due to the changing nature of the law, the forms and information found on this web site will change from time to time. It is up to you to follow the current procedures and to file the correct, up-to-date forms.

Each court location has a Clerk's Office and many locations also have a Court Service Center that can give you help and information about court procedures. Please note, however, that Clerk's Office and Court Service Center personnel cannot provide you with legal advice.
 
Instructions
These instructions are to help you represent yourself in court in a custody or visitation case. Legal words and court documents can be confusing. The more you know, the more comfortable you will be when you fill out the necessary court forms and come to court. These instructions will give you some useful information and instructions on filling out the necessary forms.

Every case is different and this instruction sheet is to be used as a guide only; if you think you need more help you may want to get an attorney. You can also go to a Court Service Center or contact the Connecticut Network for Legal AidExternal Link - You are leaving the Connecticut Judicial Branch websiteor find additional information at the Law Libraries. Court staff can answer procedural questions and help you understand the legal process, but cannot give you legal advice.

To start a custody or visitation case you have to fill out the following 5 forms:

Once you finish your paperwork, you must take it to the Superior Court Clerk’s office along with the entry (filing) fee. The Clerk will sign and return the original forms to you. If you are a grandparent or third party filing a petition for visitation, the clerk will also have to take your oath for the Verification section of the form.

There is a form you can fill out to ask the court to waive the entry fee if you prove that you cannot afford to pay the fee to file the case. It is the Application For Waiver Of Fees/ Appointment Of Counsel Family (JD-FM-75). Do not sign this form until you are in front of a court clerk or a notary public.  You can also use this form to ask the court to pay the State Marshal fee if you prove that you cannot afford to pay.

After signature, the paperwork must be delivered to the other party by a State Marshal. The Clerk’s office or the Court Service Center can give you a list of State Marshals. A State Marshal will charge a fee for delivering the paperwork which you must pay, unless the court has decided that you do not have to pay.

Once the paperwork has been delivered to the other party, the original paperwork must be returned to the Clerk’s office along with proof that the papers were delivered to the other party. If the court has decided that you do not have to pay the fees, you must return the Application For Waiver Of Fees/Appointment of Counsel with your other papers.

Be sure to make copies of all your paperwork before returning it to the Clerk’s office as your court date will be listed on the Order To Attend Hearing and Notice to The Respondent form. 

If you are asking to have child support ordered in your case, be sure to fill out a Financial Affidavit (JD-FM-6) and bring it with you to your hearing along with proof of your income. 

On the day of your hearing be sure to come to court early because it can take 10 to 20 minutes to get into the courthouse since everyone must go through a metal detector. Be sure to bring your filled out court forms and copies of any other forms you may have given or sent to the court clerk. Go to your assigned courtroom and wait for instructions. If you are not sure where to go, check with the Clerk’s Office or Court Service Center.
 

 

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