Connecticut divorce residency requirements can be confusing. Even to a judge.  More on that below. In order for a Connecticut Court to grant a divorce, legal separation or annulment one of the following must be true: (1) One of the parties to the marriage must have been a resident of this state for at least…

Dividing property in Connecticut divorce is a major concern for many spouses. Connecticut is an an “equitable distribution” state.  Equitable in this context means what is fair.  It does not necessarily mean equal.  In some cases the property is divided equally but in other cases there is a different distribution.  The analysis is fact dependent….

A few thoughts on how to choose the best divorce lawyer for you and your case. At your initial consultation you should consider these areas: Compatibility.  This is more about personality than anything else.  You will likely be spending lots of time with your lawyer. Office conferences. Court appearances.  Phone calls.    Some divorce litigants…

  Pendente lite legal fees are ordered by a judge while a divorce is pending. If your spouse is in control of the finances he/she may try to put you at a disadvantage.  They have the resources to retain a lawyer of their choosing.  They have the funds to pay for expert opinions concerning finances,…

I get questions from time to time about Connecticut bankruptcy and divorce.  The questions usually fall into two categories.  The timing of a bankruptcy filing and how divorce debts are impacted by a later divorce filing. I do not recommend filing for bankruptcy and divorce at the same time.   When a bankruptcy is filed,…

Were you just served with a document called Connecticut Summons Family Actions?  This is also known a divorce summons. Its the first page of the paperwork needed to start a case in Connecticut Family Court. It contains the following important information: Address of the court; Return Date; and Whether your spouse is self-represented or has…

Connecticut non adversarial divorce 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 is less than 8 years…

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 the parenting plan concerning custody or…

  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. At least, not without…

  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 finding that the marriage…

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