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February 2018 Archives

Are victims of domestic violence guilty too?

Connecticut currently holds the highest rate of dual arrest in regards to domestic abuse arrests. Victims of domestic violence who decide to take a stand against their abuser and physically fight back may find themselves charged with domestic abuse, even though they were not the dominant aggressor. New legislation is currently being sought to change the wording to allow Connecticut police to make the distinction and, hopefully, encourage more victims to speak out.

Child custody pursuit reaches outside of the United States

When a Connecticut marriage breaks down, adults often face emotional and physical stress. Should children be involved, the stakes become more tumultuous. When one parent has the means and family support to leave the state or country, the other parent often fears that he or she may never see his or her child again, even when a child custody agreement is in place. A mother in another state fled the country with her then 5-year-old son. When authorities learned of the circumstances surrounding the flight, they sought legal recourse and are in the process of returning the child to his father and holding those involved in the international kidnapping responsible.

State takes more child support than what is owed

The Connecticut family court system dictates the amount of financial support a noncustodial parent is obligated to pay to the custodial parent on a child's behalf. Should a parent experience a substantial change in financial circumstances, modifications to child support agreement can be possible, but must be made by formal petition through the courts. Informal changes made without the knowledge or consent of the court can lead to missed payments, interest accrual and legal intervention. But what happens when a parent's paycheck is garnished for payments after the child has become emancipated?

Connecticut man taken into custody after domestic violence call

Most people who do not suffer from the abuse at the hands of another assume that the violence takes place between spouses or those in an intimate relationship. Anyone can suffer from domestic violence, as it can happen to anyone in a domestic setting, like a marriage or cohabitation. One Connecticut man was recently taken into custody after allegedly assaulting his mother and fleeing the scene.