If you believe that your child is the victim of abuse you should contact the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the authorities immediately to report the abuse. If your child is no longer living in Connecticut DCF may not be able to assist because they are a Connecticut resource. It would be beneficial to contact a similar resource in whatever state your child is currently residing in.
Further, if your child has been moved out of Connecticut, their residency has been affected. Jurisdiction will depend on where your child is currently residing. Regardless of where your child has been relocated to, your divorce decree will still be valid in Connecticut and should be recognized in every state. You may need to register your Connecticut divorce decree in the new state as an out-of-state judgment in order to have it enforced.
This is a complex issue as you are now possibly dealing with court systems in two different states. A family attorney will be able to educate you on your rights and options in this situation. If you have any questions related to family law in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.
In Connecticut, the relief from abuse statute requires a specific threat of violence or an actual act of violence in order to grant a restraining or protective order. If a wife feels threatened by her husband’s actions, or visa-versa, this will probably not warrant the granting of relief from abuse. Telephone threats are actionable if a specific threat to safety is made. In this situation, it would be smart to sit down with a family attorney to review the communications and make an educated decision as to your next step.
If you have any questions related to family law in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.