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Nonadversarial divorce in Connecticut

Posted in Divorce, on October 4th, 2015

Nonadversarial divorce in Connecticut is here.

Two new divorce laws went into effect on October 1, 2015 which limit the amount of time a couple has to wait to get a divorce.

A divorce may be granted in 35 days rather than waiting the usual 90 days if:

The marriage … Read More »

Motions for Contempt in Connecticut

Posted in Divorce, on September 29th, 2015

Motions for Contempt in Connecticut are the primary enforcement tool to get someone to do what they are supposed to do. They are easily one of the most common filings in a divorce or custody/visitation case.

Frequent contempt issues include:

Not paying child support or alimony Lack of compliance with … Read More »

How long to get a Connecticut divorce?

Posted in Divorce, on September 27th, 2015

How long to get a Connecticut divorce? In Connecticut, there is a 90-day waiting period to obtain a divorce.

There are two primary reasons for the waiting period:

1. Public policy. From a public policy standpoint, the state does not want to make it too easy to get a divorce. … Read More »

Connecticut DCF Neglect Investigations

Posted in DCF, on September 24th, 2015

Connecticut DCF Neglect Investigations usually start with a call to DCF from a mandated reporter such as a doctor, counselor or school personnel. The most common allegation is Physical Neglect.

Physical Neglect is broadly defined as the failure to provide and maintain adequate food. clothing, supervision and safety for a … Read More »

Connecticut cases of parental alienation

Posted in Custody, on September 22nd, 2015

Connecticut cases of parental alienation seem to be increasing. Or at least cases I am familiar with.

There are many reasons why a child might not have a positive relationship with a parent. Many times, it is the parent’s own actions or inactions, which has caused the estrangement. It is … Read More »

Termination of Parental Rights in Connecticut

Posted in Probate, on September 21st, 2015

There are eight grounds for a termination of parental rights in Connecticut. The three most common are:

1. Abandonment. This occurs when a parent has abandoned the child by failing to maintain a reasonable degree of interest, concern or responsibility as to the welfare of their child.

2. Failure to … Read More »

Connecticut modification of sole custody

Posted in Custody, on August 9th, 2015

A Connecticut modification of sole custody can occur based on a child’s educational performance. Connecticut judges take a child’s education seriously. So if a child misses too much school when with one parent the other parent can be awarded sole custody as part of a Motion for Modification.

That’s just … Read More »

Annulment in Connecticut

Posted in Divorce, on August 9th, 2015

Once in awhile I get a call from a potential client about whether to pursue an annulment in Connecticut or file for divorce.

A divorce terminates a valid marriage. So if the marriage is legit then divorce is the only option.

An annulment on the other hand is a legal … Read More »

Injured passenger in a Connecticut car accident

Posted in Car Accidents, on August 9th, 2015

There are really four scenarios if you were an injured passenger in a Connecticut car accident:

1. The driver of the car in which you were traveling caused the accident;

2. The driver of another car is at fault for the accident;

3. The accident happened because of state or … Read More »

Moving from Connecticut with children

Posted in Custody, relocation, on August 8th, 2015

I get a few inqiuires a month about the law on moving from Connecticut with children to another state or even another county. In Connecticut, a parent will be allowed to relocate with a child if:

Relocation is for a legitimate purpose; The proposed relocation is reasonable in light of … Read More »