What Scarlett Johansson Can Teach Us About International Divorce and Custody

Celebrities have it all. We frequently think of this only in terms of the good – access to clothes, cars, and lavish homes. However, they can also have the same struggles that affect non-celebrities, like divorce and custody battles.  Worse, for celebrities, those personal, family issues can wind up splashed all over the front page. Scarlett Johansson and Roman Dauriac Take Scarlett Johansson. Scarlett and her Read More

Text Messages and Divorce: Lessons From Former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Depending on your settings, notifications for text messages or iMessages can pop up even on a locked cell phone. This means, for example, that if you leave your phone face-up on a table, anyone within eyeshot of your phone may be able to view the content of your messages. More, through things like Apple ID/iCloud which are designed to make our lives more convenient and technologically seamless, text messages can Read More

Pets and Divorce in Connecticut: Family Members or Things?

I was in law school when I discovered that, in the eyes of the law at least, animals are property. Our legal tradition is binary in that there are two primary approaches to how we classify -- "persons" and "things."  Animals, I learned, are treated as things, and, more specifically, as the property of persons. Our non-attorney clients don't get to learn that animals are things in the comfort of a classroom like I Read More

Groundhog Day and Divorce: Do’s and Don’ts

Groundhog Day is a bigger deal in my family than it is most -- that is to say if it any kind of deal at all in most.  My Dad was born on February 2, so checking in on Punxsutawney Phil and winter prediction is part of the birthday ritual. By the way, hot off the presses, Phil saw his shadow (as he always seems to) around sunrise at this morning.  If you're a believer, that means six more weeks of winter.  Heck, Read More

What To Do When Divorce Is Your (Or Your Spouse’s) New Year’s Resolution

"Sam" found out about his wife's decision to divorce on New Year's Eve. "She said she wanted to talk, and I assumed we were going to resolve together to lose our post-Thanksgiving weight.  Instead, it turned out that her resolution was to divorce.  Didn't exactly make me want to break out the Veuve I had chilling." For Sam's wife, making the decision had been a difficult and lengthy process.  Many of our Read More

What Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon Teach Us About Divorce

Over here at Freed Marcroft we have been struggling with the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher.   Fisher held a special place in the hearts of so many girls of the 1980s -- and Freed Marcroft has so very many girls of the 1980s. I have read more wonderful Carrie Fisher quotes in the past few days than I could have conceived.  Other than the sassy ones, the one that really got me was the one we shared on Freed Read More

Divorce Tips From Caesar in Honor of the Shortest Day of the Year

We made it.  Today may be the winter solstice, but tomorrow we turn the corner and begin the annual progressive march into light. We humans are so attached to light that we operate on a solar calendar.  Ideally, the first day of the solar year and the first day of the calendar year would be lined-up, one and the same.  Given that "Post-Truth" has been declared the 2016 word of the year, I want to tell you a little Read More

Christmas, Divorce, Mediation, and Gratitude: Lessons From A Former Client

As is often the case, Joan and Rob weren't on exactly the same page when they came to us.  (By the way, names have been changed to protect the privacy of the wonderful.)  One spouse had considered divorce for awhile and, though emotional, was ready.  The other spouse wasn't ready and was just beginning to work through some deep sadness surrounding the ending of the marriage. Mediation Rob and Joan decided to Read More

“Provincial” Connecticut Meets French Provinces: International Divorce Strategy

Connecticut gets (gives itself?) a bad rap for being provincial.  Our clients indicate it is anything but. In just the last couple of weeks, Freed Marcroft has arranged for service of process on spouses in two different European countries, the British Isles, and Canada.  This fits in with the trend we have seen at Freed Marcroft over the last several years. Connecticut, Friends, has become very, very Read More

[Webinar] “CT Same-Sex Couples & Stepparent Adoption: Your Name on the Birth Certificate is Not Enough”

On Thursday, November 17th at 5:30 PM, Freed Marcroft Attorneys Meghan Freed and Carla Zahner will host a complimentary webinar on stepparent adoption in Connecticut. The recent presidential election has highlighted the importance of adopting children of parents of the same sex.  This webinar will provide clarity on the current status of children who are biologically related to one but not both parents, will share Read More