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  Connecticut General Statutes
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OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:

Connecticut Criminal Jury Instructions

  • 6.6 Custodial Interference
    • 6.6-1. Custodial Interference in the First Degree -- Sec. 53a-97
    • 6.6-2. Custodial Interference in the Second Degree -- Sec. 53a-98 (a) (1)
    • 6.6-3. Custodial Interference in the Second Degree -- Sec. 53a-98 (a) (2)
    • 6.6-4. Custodial Interference in the Second Degree -- Sec. 53a-98 (a) (3)

Hague Convention

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Library Materials

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  • Child Custody and Visitation Law and Practice, by Sandra Morgan Little.
  • Handling Child Custody, Abuse, and Adoption Cases, by Ann M. Haralambie.
  • International Child Abductions, by Gloria F. DeHart.


  Selected statutes:

Title 46b (Most of Chapter 815p is relevant. Selected sections linked below)

  • Sec. 46b-16. Petition to Superior Court for ex parte order re temporary care and custody of child when parent arrested for custodial interference. Duration of order.
  • Sec. 46b-115e. Effect of child custody determination.
  • Sec. 46b-115k. Initial child custody jurisdiction.
  • Sec. 46b-115x. Enforcement of child custody determination.
  • Sec. 46b-115jj. Enforcement of foreign child custody order re return of child under Hague Convention.

Title 53a

  • Sec. 53a-97. Custodial interference in the first degree: Class D felony.
  • Sec. 53a-98. Custodial interference in the second degree: Class A misdemeanor.

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U.S. Code

  • 18 USC 1204. International parental kidnapping
  • 22 USC 9001-9011. International Child Abduction Remedies Act
  • 25 USC 1920. Improper removal of child from custody; declination of jurisdiction; forthwith return of child: danger exception
  • 28 USC 1738A. Parental Kidnapping Protection Act (PKPA)

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