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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.