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….

The law concerning Connecticut cohabitation and alimony is often misunderstood. There is a two part test: Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §46b-86 (b), a finding of cohabitation requires findings only (1) that the alimony recipient was living with another person and (2) that the living arrangement caused a change of circumstances so as to alter…

Reunification counseling in Connecticut can be used as an intervention for divorcing or separated families, particularly where children are finding difficulty, for whatever reason, with visiting with the noncustodial parent. It is an unfortunate part of divorce and separation that sometimes parents can, either intentionally or sometimes even unintentionally, behave in such ways that work…

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…

Allegations of Connecticut school truancy can be a source of conflict between parents and school administration.  It can also lead to an unwanted referral to DCF alleging educational neglect Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-198a provides the relevant regulations that each school district must follow regarding student attendance.  It states: “A student’s absence’ from school shall…

    By Brian Kaschel of Brian D. Kaschel Law Office posted in Divorce, on February 1st, 2018. I frequently field questions about the interplay between a 401(k) and Connecticut divorce. For example, if you are getting divorced, is your spouse’s 401(k) an asset you should share when the marriage is dissolved? If you don’t…

A Connecticut Custody Application is the way non-married parents set a parenting plan.   It is also used for married parents with children who live apart and for divorced parents who failed to address custody and visitation at the time of their divorce. The Family Court must first determine that it has jurisdiction to hear…

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