To start a custody or visitation case
Once you finish your paperwork, you must take it to the Superior Court Clerk’s office along with the filing fee. The Clerk will sign and return the original forms to you. If you are a grandparent or third party filing a petition for visitation, the clerk will also have to take your oath for the Verification section of the form.
If you cannot afford the court fees to file for a divorce, you can also ask the court to waive the fees by filing an Application for Waiver of Fees/Appointment of Counsel Family (JD-FM-75) form to show the court why you cannot afford to pay. Do not sign this form until you are in front of a court clerk or a notary public.
How to deliver the papers to the other parent
Next steps after the papers have been delivered to the other parent
If you are asking for child support
If you are asking to have child support ordered in your case, be sure to fill out the following form and bring it to your hearing along with proof of your income
You will also need to fill out the following forms:
How Family Relations Counselors can assist you in reaching an agreement
Family Relations Counselors will assist you and your spouse to reach an agreement and offers the following free services:
In all Judicial Districts, Family Relations Counselors conduct pre-trial and final judgment settlement conferences with attorneys and litigants in conjunction with their attendance at Family Short Calendar and other Family Civil Court dockets.
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Family Relations Counselors mediate custody and access disputes for up to three 2-hour sessions. These efforts are geared toward assisting parents in resolving differences in a self-determining, non-coercive, and confidential manner.
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This is a confidential, directive process utilizing negotiation and mediation techniques to resolve the primary issues of custody and access. Parents and attorneys participate in the conferences and information from professional sources may be included. The Family Relations Counselor may offer recommendations to the parents at the conclusion of the process if the parties are unable to resolve their dispute. These recommendations are not provided to the Court.
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Family Relations Counselors conduct conciliation sessions with parties upon referral from the Court. The focus of these sessions is to explore the possibility of the parties reconciling.
This is a non-confidential process of assessing a limited issue impacting a family and/or parenting plan. The goal of an Issue-Focused Evaluation is to explore the defined parenting dispute, gather information regarding only this issue and provide a recommendation to the parents and the Court. This evaluation format is limited in scope, involvement, and duration.
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This is an in-depth, non-confidential assessment of the family system by the Family Relations Counselor. The information gathered by the counselor, the assessment of the family, and the resulting recommended parenting plan is shared with the parents and attorneys. This recommendation may be used to form the basis of an agreement. At the conclusion of the process, a report with recommendations is filed with the Court.
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Others who may be involved in your case
Assistant Attorney General
Parenting Education Program
On the day of your hearing
Where to get help
The information on this webpage is provided as a service and a convenience by the Connecticut Judicial Branch. It is not intended as legal advice to any person. If you have questions about the use of these forms, your legal rights, or particular issues in your case, it is strongly recommended that you talk to an attorney.
Due to the changing nature of the law, the forms and information found on this website will change from time to time. It is up to you to follow the current procedures and to file the correct, up-to-date forms.