There is a lot of useful information on the Connecticut Judicial Branch website.
Connecticut Support Enforcement Services (SES) - sometimes called the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement - is the state agency that makes policy and oversees the child support services for the state. They establish and enforce child support orders made by the courts.
The SES office is where you can get help to
The SES office CANNOT help you with
Either parent who needs help with establishing paternity or establishing or enforcing a child support order can ask SES for help. They can help people whether or not they receive public assistance.
Learn more about the Department of Child Support Services and find your local child support agency.
There are free clinics in Hartford, Waterbury, and Stamford. If you are not represented by an attorney and need legal help, you can go to a clinic and talk to a volunteer attorney for information about
Volunteer attorneys at the clinics are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not accepted.
Family Services professionals can help you make important decisions about your children and parenting when you are going through a separation or divorce and cannot work things out yourselves. Family Services is sometimes called Family Relations. Their counselors can help you with
You can visit any of the Court Service Centers or Law Libraries for help with your questions in person.
CTLawHelp.org is a website that provides free legal information to people with low income who have legal problems in Connecticut.
You and your children don’t need to go through this alone. It may help to talk to friends and family as you transition to your new family life. There are trained and dedicated professionals and volunteers who can help you and your children. To find out about what’s available in your community, try
If you are concerned about domestic or family violence, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE or the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 888-774-2900.
Reading books about divorce and separation to your young children will help them see that they’re not alone. You may also find that the books spark conversations that can help you answer questions and provide reassurance. Here is a list of publications that may help you deal with your family breakup. You can find more online or at your local bookstore.