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Since family matters are often complicated by strong emotions and irrational behavior, Connecticut enforces its own family laws to ensure that every family member's rights are protected. These laws also offer guidance toward equitable resolutions for divorce matters, including property division and child custody.
If you have a family law case in Bridgeport, Stamford, New Haven or elsewhere in Connecticut, LawInfo is your source for information and legal help. LawInfo's Connecticut Family Law section includes legal overviews, summaries of state laws and other resources to help you make the right decisions for you and your family.
If you need help navigating the complex laws governing your case, a Connecticut family law attorney can help and treat your case with the sensitivity it deserves.
Adoption is not a simple process in Connecticut. Certain conditions must be met before a child is available for adoption and, in most cases, the adopting parents are subject to screening and research.
A minor (under 18 years of age) must first be considered "free for adoption." This means that both of the minor's biological parents have either died or terminated their parental rights. In the case of permanent guardianship—which is when a relative adopts the minor—only one biological parent must have their parental rights terminated.
Only adults over 21 years of age may adopt. Single parents, LGBT individuals and same-sex couples may legally adopt as well. Only a statutory parent (such as an adoption agency), a biological parent, or a permanent guardian may "give" a minor in adoption.
Most adopting parents are required to undergo investigation after filing an adoption petition. The investigation is conducted by either the Department of Children and Families or a private licensed adoption agency (paid for by the adopting parents). Once the investigation is completed, a Connecticut Probate Court will review the report and determine whether to approve the adoption.
Connecticut offers victims of family violence (also known as domestic violence) three types of protection:
Prior to getting married, you and your partner will need to obtain an official Connecticut marriage license from a local vital records office. The license confirms that you both meet Connecticut's legal requirements for marriage, which state that each partner:
Both partners must appear before a registrar in person to apply for and obtain the license. Once you obtain the license, you have 65 days to perform your marriage ceremony before the license expires.
Even the most common family law issue can be intensely stressful. A knowledgeable family lawyer can guide you through the process. An attorney will coach you on how to proceed and give expert guidance on hearings, trials and enforcing court orders. Take the first step now and talk to an experienced local family attorney.