(a) In all cases in which the parents of a minor child live separately, the superior court for the judicial district where either parent resides may, on the application of either parent and after notice is given to the other parent, make any order as to the custody, care, education, visitation and support of any minor child of the parents, subject to the provisions of sections 46b-54, 46b-56, 46b-57 and 46b-66. Proceedings to obtain such orders shall be commenced by service of an application, a summons and an order to show cause. An applicant shall file the accompanying documents with the court not later than the first date for which the matter appears on the docket.

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 46b-61

  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.

(b) As used in this section, “accompanying documents” means documents that establish an existing legal relationship between the parents and the child for whom an application for custody, care, education, visitation and support is made under this section. “Accompanying documents” include, but are not limited to, a copy of a birth certificate naming the applicant and the respondent as the parents of the child, a copy of a properly executed acknowledgment of paternity, a court order or decree naming the legally responsible parents, including adoptive parents, a gestational agreement as defined in section 7-36, documents showing that the minor child was born during the parents’ wedlock or other sufficient evidence within the discretion of the court.