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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
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.
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 these instructions are 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
contact the Connecticut Network for
or find additional information at the
. Court Staff
can help you understand the legal process, and while they may give you
procedural information, they cannot give you legal advice.
start a custody or visitation case you have to fill out the following
If you need to ask the court for temporary orders while your custody or visitation case is pending, you may also fill out the:
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/Payment Of Costs/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.
For Help - You may go to the
Court Service Center for help completing these or any other forms. Any additional procedural questions that you might have may also be directed to the staff of the Court Service Center.