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…

Alimony tax changes will take effect in 2019 and will have a major impact on alimony payments in Connecticut. For years, the payer of alimony has been able to deduct alimony payments from gross income.  The recipient then reported the support as his or her own taxable income. The alimony deduction rule has allowed an…

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….

Can I get an annulment in Connecticut?  I get asked this from time to time. Some spouses think they can ask for an annulment in Connecticut because they have been married for a very short time.  However, an annulment is usually only possible when the marriage was not legal – for example, if one of…

A Stamford Divorce Contempt was recently upheld by the Connecticut Appellate Court. Here are the relevant facts: The parties, who were formerly married, entered into a pendent lite stipulation in October 2014 which provided that certain funds being held in escrow would be deposited in a joint bank account requiring both parties signatures for withdrawals….

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…

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…

In the article below, you can see my interview quotes on this topic published in the Connecticut Law Tribune. Source: Pets and Courts: Attorneys See Rise in Animal Advocacy, Pet Custody Disputes | Connecticut Law Tribune    Please email me or call  (203) 259-5251 if you would like more information on a divorce and other…

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…

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