"Reforms sought in child custody policies
HARTFORD — A state task force is recommending reforms to child custody cases in state courts, including capping court-appointed child guardians' fees that many parents say are wiping out their finances.
The Task Force to Study Legal Disputes Involving the Care and Custody of Minor Children, which was created by the legislature last year, met in Hartford on Thursday to finalize recommendations it plans to submit to state lawmakers today. The panel looked a variety of issues, including how high legal costs are hurting families, and voted on more than 90 proposals.
The panel held an emotional, nearly 15-hour public hearing earlier this month, Parents in child custody disputes complained that they were forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on guardians who are appointed by judges to represent the interests of children and make recommendations to the courts about visitation, custody and other issues. The law doesn't require such appointments."
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