Family Court in Connecticut

Serving clients for more than 10 years, the Ebenstein & Ebenstein law firm provided attorneys with extensive trial and general practice experience. Ebenstein & Ebenstein achieved results in such legal areas as estate planning, personal injury, and family law.

In the state of Connecticut, the family court decides a variety of matters, including legal separations, divorce, child custody and support, and civil restraining orders for relief from abuse. Unlike some states, Connecticut does not classify juvenile matters or adoptions as family matters.

In uncontested cases, the court reviews the agreement made by both parties and then rules whether it is fair and equitable. If both sides have not come to an agreement, there are a number of ways to resolve the issue without going to trial. If an agreement cannot be made, the case will go trial, and the court will decide the issue.

Although judges issue decisions in most family matters, some cases regarding paternity or spousal support appear before a family support magistrate. Family support magistrates are appointed by the governor and serve a three-year term.


Finding and Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer

The Hartford, Connecticut-based law firm of Ebenstein & Ebenstein served a wide variety of local, regional, and national clients. As a result, the experienced lawyers at Ebenstein & Ebenstein practiced before all of Connecticut’s state and federal courts, including appellate courts.

Established after a vote approving a constitutional amendment in 1982, the Connecticut Appellate Court’s first five judges were appointed by the governor in August 1983. By October of the same year, the original judges heard the first cases. Originally conceived to ease Supreme Court backlog, the Appellate Court came to enjoy a productive working relationship with the higher court, which led to common rules of practice and sharing of state offices.

Since 1983, the state Appellate Court doubled the number of judges. With legislative changes in 1993, the court gained a growing number of retired judges, senior judges, and Supreme Court justices. By 2003, these judges and justices took part in nearly 3,000 panels and wrote almost 700 opinions.

Applying for Membership to the Bar of the District of Connecticut

A former boutique law firm in Hartford, Connecticut, Ebenstein & Ebenstein balanced personalized attention to clients’ needs with comprehensive services usually expected from larger firms. With a specific focus on personal injury law, Ebenstein & Ebenstein attorneys practiced in all Connecticut federal and state appellate and trial courts, including the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

As one of the first 13 district courts established in 1789, the U.S. District Court for Connecticut conducts proceedings in New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport. The court’s jurisdiction includes the counties of New London, Litchfield, and Fairfield, among others. The numerous legal activities and matters conducted with the district court include application for membership in the bar of the District of Connecticut.

When attorneys apply to become members of the bar of the District of Connecticut, they submit application materials to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Applicants to the bar must submit a Petition for Admission and a Certificate from a Sponsoring Attorney to the Attorney Admissions Clerk at the District Court. In addition to the two forms, each application must include current certificates of good standing from courts to which the attorney is admitted to practice and an application fee paid to the court clerk.