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Library Materials

  • Connecticut Family Law Citations: A Reference Guide to Connecticut Family Law Decisions, by Cynthia C. George

  • Connecticut Practice, Family Law and Practice with Forms by Arnold H. Rutkin

    • Part 10: Custody and Visitation

  • Friendly Divorce Guidebook for Connecticut, by Barbara Kahn Stark

  • Library of Connecticut Family Law Forms, by Thomas D. Colin, ed.

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Connecticut General Statutes

Selected Statutes:

Chapter 319o. Department of Social Services

  • Sec. 17b-27. Voluntary parentage establishment program. Protocols. Regulations. Voluntary acknowledgment of parentage system established by Department of Public Health.

Chapter 802h. Protected Persons and Their Property

  • Sec. 45a-606. (Formerly Sec. 45-43). Father and mother joint guardians.

  • Sec. 45a-607. (Formerly Sec. 45-44). Temporary custody of minor pending application to probate court for removal of guardian or termination of parental rights.

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

  • Sec. 46b-56. Orders re custody, care, education, visitation, and support of children. Best interests of the child. Access to records of minor child by noncustodial parent. Orders re therapy, counseling and drug or alcohol screening.

  • Sec. 46b-56a. Joint custody. Definition. Presumption. Conciliation. Parental responsibility plan. Modification of orders.

  • Sec. 46b-56b. Presumption re best interest of child to be in custody of parent.

  • Sec. 46b-57. Third party intervention re custody of minor children. Preference of child.

  • Sec. 46b-59. Petition for right of visitation with minor child. Order for payment of fees.

  • Sec. 46b-59a. Mediation of disputes re enforcement of visitation rights.

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

  • Sec. 46b-64. Orders of court prior to return day of complaint.

  • Sec. 46b-69b. Parenting education program.

  • Sec. 46b-87. Contempt of orders.

  • Sec. 46b-87a. Forms and instructions for application for contempt order based on violation of visitation order.

Chapter 815p. Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act

Chapter 818. Connecticut Parentage Act and Parentage-Related Provisions

Connecticut Practice Book

  • Sec. 25-3. Action for Custody of Minor Child

  • Sec. 25-4. Action for Visitation of Minor Child

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