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….

A motorcycle accident that killed the victim’s fiancee has settled her case for $13.6 million after dash cam footage showed the other driver, who was operating a garbage truck, was not paying attention. The victim was a passenger on a motorcycle when it collided in July 2016 with a garbage truck operated by a man…

A dog bite victim from Pawcatuck, who was bitten repeatedly by a yellow Labrador retriever and suffered injuries to his right forearm and right upper thigh settled his lawsuit for $320,000. The victim was attacked by the 2-year-old dog after he went to a neighbor’s house to pick up his young son from a play…

A dog attack where a woman was bitten in the face by a friend’s dog after she went to pet it has been awarded over $364,000 by an arbitrator.   The dog had bitten three other people before this incident  and was put down soon after the incident. The injured woman needed 26 stitches to her…

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…

As a general rule, Connecticut state agencies such as DCF are immune from suit.  Therefore, parents need permission from the Claims Commissioner’s Office to sue DCF for injuries their child suffered in foster care. DCF has argued that since the parents lost custody and guardianship as part of Juvenile Court case, that they are not…

An Application for Civil Protection Order is relatively new in Connecticut.  It is designed to allow a violence victim to obtain a Restraining Order against someone who is not a family member. There are three types of Connecticut Restraining Orders: 1.  Protective Order.  This is an order of protection issued by a Criminal Court against…

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….

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