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Introduction to Mediation: Part II

Research indicates that the successful adjustment of children during times of family-related stress is directly related to two factors:

 

  • the level of cooperation between parents
  • the continued involvement of both parents in their lives

 

Mediation, therefore, encourages participants to see themselves as the co-parents who share in the responsibility of their children’s future care.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 6

It is necessary that you make a commitment to cooperate with the Family Services Office in the following ways:

 

1. Keep scheduled appointments and arrive on time for all meetings.

2. Remain open to new suggestions and ideas.

3. Sign the necessary Authorization for Release of Information forms and bring all requested information to your appointments.

4. Do not bring children with you to the Conflict Resolution Conference.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 3

One role of the FRC is to provide a neutral, supportive, and structured place for discussions to occur. The counselor helps to keep the focus of the meetings on the best interests of the children while allowing the needs and desires of the parents to be considered. The FRC may also provide education about alternative parenting plans and how they are impacted by the stages of child development.

 

It is also possible that the FRC will consider information received from other resources, in an attempt to help the parents resolve their differences. While the parents keep their roles as the decision-makers in this process, the FRC may offer their verbal assessment of the situation and ultimately share recommendations they believe will resolve the issues. These assessments and recommendations are not reported to the Court.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 1

Introduction

The Conflict Resolution Conference (CRC) is a confidential service that helps parents solve parenting issues in a cooperative and positive manner. In this process, the parents are able to keep their decision-making roles in solving family disputes with the assistance of a Family Relations Counselor (FRC). Attorneys of record may be included in the meetings and relevant information from community resources/agencies involved with the family will be made part of the process.

It is important that parents work together to make joint decisions for their children’s care and development. The CRC supports this process by guiding and educating the parents. This usually results in a parenting plan that is successful and less stressful for all involved.

The main issues dealt with in this process are child custody and/or access arrangements. However, if the parents and the attorneys agree, some financial and property issues may also be addressed.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Family Services Issue Focused Evaluations: Part 5

The final conference is when the FRC will share relevant information gathered during the IFE, present an assessment of the referred issue, and provide a recommended plan to resolve the matter. A written report summarizing the information shared in the final conference will also be handed out in this meeting and given to the Court.

 

If this information and report does not help the parents come to an agreement, the matter will most likely go to trial. At that time, the FRC’s recommendations and report may be used as evidence and the counselor may testify.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Family Services Issue Focused Evaluations: Part 3

The FRC’s role in this process is to explore and assess the concerns of each parent and to make recommendations about a parenting plan that will benefit the children. To do this, the FRC will gather information from both parents and contact professionals involved with the family (such as teachers, doctors, therapists, and others) The IFE is not confidential, which means that this information will be shared with the parents, the attorneys, and Guardians Ad Litem (GAL) involved in the matter, and the Court.

 

So that information can be shared between the professional providers and Family Services, Authorization for Release of Information forms must be signed. If either party has copies of records/reports they may also submitted to the FRC. However, the person who wrote the record/report must be available to the FRC during the evaluation process to answer any questions the FRC may have about the report/record.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Custodial Parent FAQs: Part 9

Q: Can the amount of my child support order be changed?

 

A: Yes, the court can change your order. SES has a process called “review and adjustment” which can assist you in getting your case before the court. SES will accept either a written or verbal request asking for a review of your order and we will start the review process. You may also hire an attorney or go to court on your own (self-represented).

 

 

Q: How does the ‘review and adjustment’ process work?

 

A: Upon receipt of your request, SES will mail you some forms to verify your income information. Complete and return the paperwork and we will start the review. Using the Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines and both parties’ income, we will calculate a support amount. If your order is more than 15% different from our calculations, we will begin court action to change your order. Also, in limited situations, SES can help change orders if there has been a substantial change in circumstances since your order was set.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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