This is a major opportunity to influence Family Court reform
Legislative Office Building, LOB, Room 2C, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon: Presentation by Experts
12:00 Noon – 1:00PM | Questions & Answers
1:00PM – 1:30PM | Lunch Recess
1:30PM – Public Hearing
- How to improve relations & confidence in Judiciary.
- Financial & Emotional impact of court and families.
- Guardian Ad Litem – How best to utilize them and work with them
- Parental alienation – “What it is?” – How impact children & families.
- Early interventions – Misconceptions Parental alienation cases & Treatment & Outcomes.
- When & How children’s medical information and private identities are protected.
Parents and community members requesting to speak during the public hearing should sign up between 8:30AM to 9:30AM at Atrium, 1st Floor. Public comment will be allowed 3 minutes.
Please submit written testimonies to Milagros.Acosta@cga.ct.gov
Written testimony is limited to 5 pages.
Oregon recently passed a law making false allegations a class A crime — but the punishment is $750, and that requires proving “the intent to influence a custody, parenting time, visitation or child support decision (419B.016 Offense of false report of child abuse).”
It is not much, but then again, most states make no effort to punish false allegations.
As a lawyer, Jeanne M. Hannah points out: “These false allegations can not only make the family law case much more difficult and lead to terrible injustice, they can ruin parent-child relationships and change lives forever. I find myself hoping more states will enact such laws and wondering whether the law will make a difference.” Good thinking Jeanne.
Several bills have been introduced into the legislature, including SB 77, Presumption of Shared Custody and HB5436 concerning parental alienation during custody proceedings. Read the 25+ comments below.
Child custody decisions are based on a legal concept of “the best interests of the child,” but interpreting this phrase has been left to individual judges and family relations staff. In 2005 Connecticut passed a law that redefines “the best interests” to include (but not limited to) substantial involvement by both parents. Click here for more on the new law.
But two years later the case of Tauck v. Tauck illustrated how far Connecticut is from protecting the children’s interests. A scorched earth legal battle for custody was waged, largely as a result of Mrs. Tauck’s decision to allege child abuse – an allegation undermined by evidence that Mrs. Tauck had planted false evidence on her husband’s lap top computer. In her final ruling on the case, , Judge Abery-Wetstone said “This case represents not a victory for either parent, but a tragedy for everyone involved.” For more information on the Tauck case, click here:
The evidence shows that the Tauck case is an extreme example of a pattern that is all too common in Connecticut. The Shared Parenting Council of Connecticut obtained data from the Judiciary website on 17,433 cases, over half the cases have been in the courts for over one year; well over 20% have been in the system for over 5 years.
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