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Selected statutes:

Chapter 818. Connecticut Parentage Act

  • Sec. 46b-458. Standing to maintain proceedings. 

  • Sec. 46b-472. No discrimination based on marital status or gender of parent or circumstance of birth. 

  • Sec. 46b-475. Adjudicating competing claims of parentage.

  • Sec. 46b-476. Acknowledgement of parentage

  • Sec. 46b-477. Execution of acknowledgment of parentage.

  • Sec. 46b-478. Rules for acknowledgment of parentage.

  • Sec. 46b-535. Parentage under validated genetic surrogacy agreement.

  • Sec. 46b-571. Filing of claim for parentage by alleged genetic parent. Attorney General as party. Child as party. Hearing. Rights and responsibilities upon adjudication or acknowledgment of parentage. Claim for parentage after death of alleged genetic parent. 

Chapter 815j. Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation and Annulment

  • Sec. 46b-45a. Allegation of pregnancy in pleadings. Disagreement as to parentage. Hearing.

  • Sec. 46b-61. Orders re children where parents live separately. Filing of accompanying documents.

Selected Court Rules:

Chapter 25 - Procedures in Family Matters

  • Sec. 25-68 - Right to Counsel in State Initiated Paternity Actions

Chapter 25a - Family Support Magistrate Matters

  • Sec. 25a-17 - Motion to Open Judgment of Paternity by Acknowledgment

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