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USDoJ Invesigating CT Family Courts

The family court system in Connecticut is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights after numerous parents with disabilities filed complaints alleging that judges targeted them for the removal of their children during divorce proceedings.

Many parents testified that they were required to pay thousands and travel long distances in order to attend court ordered services and visitation with their children.  Judges are also accused of denying parents the right of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They also said the system is weighted vastly in favor of the child’s non-disabled parent and that parents with disabilities lost custody rights at disproportionately high rates of 70% to 80%.

This is a good example of why we need a federal law similar to the Indian Child Welfare Act to protect the rights of parents with disabilities.  Obviously states aren’t doing a good job at doing this.


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