Entries by The Christie Law Firm

DCF Investigations of a School

The term “abuse” in a school setting has been traditionally associated with sexual misconduct. But abuse can take several different forms. Child abuse can be categorized as sexual abuse, physical abuse, and child neglect. When these happen at a school, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) may become involved. DCF investigations of a […]

What Are the Advantages of Collaborative Divorce?

Separating from a partner with whom you’ve committed to spending the rest of your life is never easy. At The Christie Law Firm, we provide representation to individuals going through the divorce process. While divorce has the potential to be highly contentious and even litigious, it can also be collaborative. If you are curious about […]

Grandparents as Guardians

When the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) gets involved in a family situation, the agency’s wheels begin turning quickly. When DCF believes that the child is in danger by staying in the home, they will remove them. Where that child goes next depends on a lot of factors. The court will often appoint […]

Mandated Reporter Laws in Connecticut

Suspicions, accusations, and evidence of child abuse and neglect are taken very seriously in Connecticut. In order to help the state identify and investigate potential incidents of child abuse or neglect, the state maintains a mandated reporter statute.  The following explains the mandated reporter statute, answers questions about who is a mandated reporter in our […]

Reinstatement of Parental Rights in Connecticut

There is probably nothing more devastating to a parent than not being able to maintain a close relationship with their child. But custody battles are common in family law cases, and protective services may become involved and make recommendations they feel are in the child’s bests interests.  When the Connecticut Department of Children and Families […]

Under What Circumstances Can My Parental Rights Be Terminated?

When the Connecticut court orders the termination of parental rights, the legal relationship between you and your child ceases to exist. As you can imagine, this is a serious event that has lifelong consequences.  In nearly every case, it’s not possible to reinstate parental rights once they’ve been terminated. This isn’t the same as changing […]