What to Do When a Former Partner Violates a Divorce Order

So you've finalized your divorce, and your former spouse violates a court order. What now? It's possible that the violation disrupts your finances, your schedule, or even your ability to care for your children. It's important to understand your legal options while making sure your divorce decree is respected as a legally binding order. Understanding Contempt When a family court judge issues a divorce decree, 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

4 Unique Challenges Inherent in a Gray Divorce

More and more senior spouses have been turning to divorce in recent years. “Gray divorce,” or divorce between older couples, can seem like a ticket to freedom after many years of living with the same person. You may be considering divorce yourself, whether it's because you crave independence, you want to live a different lifestyle, or you've simply drifted apart from your spouse. You may be set on your decision, but Read More

How Can a Collaborative Divorce Benefit Your Children?

When you divorce the other parent of your children, does your relationship disappear, or does it become redefined? In reality, the choice is yours. You don't have to be best friends with your former spouse, but you might consider collaborative divorce to make the whole process go smoothly for you and the kids. Aside from keeping your children out of a stressful courtroom environment, collaborative divorce can have Read More

Why Mediate Your Divorce?: 6 Key Benefits

Divorce can be a difficult and emotional process, but contrary to what television would have you believe, it doesn’t have to be contentious. While litigation is necessary in some circumstances, for many couples, mediation is an effective alternative that allows you and your spouse to reach your own agreement. In divorce mediation, a neutral mediator assists a divorcing couple in arriving at a mutually acceptable Read More

Who Gets the House? How Connecticut Handles Property Division

When you and your spouse make the decision to divorce, two major and often contentious issues arise. One, if there are children, is child custody. The other is how marital property will be divided. In other words, who gets the house? Or the retirement accounts? Or the summer cottage that your spouse’s parents gave him a couple of years ago? Worrying about asset division should not make you feel petty or greedy. In Read More

What Divorced Parents Need to Know About the UCCJEA

Every year, parental separation and divorce affects over one million children in the U.S.. Because today’s society is a lot more mobile than preceding generations, it is not unusual for the parents of these children to move to different cities and even different states. In the latter instance, jurisdictional issues can arise that divorced parents need to know about. The UCCJEA Explained At one time, custody Read More

3 Myths and Misconceptions About Signing a Prenuptial Agreement

When you’re planning to get married, the last thing you want to do is prepare an action plan in the event that the relationship ends in divorce. It’s not exactly romantic, and it suggests that your marriage has an expiration date—or does it? While prenups do cover topics like asset distribution in the event that you go your separate ways, they can also deal with matters that, once discussed and agreed upon, can 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

Here’s an Idea: How About a Prenup for Ideas?

Prenuptial agreements are not unique to this generation. For decades, engaged couples have used them to protect each person’s respective assets in the event of divorce, especially if one or both parties were of high net worth. What has changed is the type of property being protected. In addition to money, retirement accounts, real estate, and commercial holdings, millennials in particular are taking steps to protect Read More