How to Take the “Step” Out of “Stepparent”

Are you ready to take the “step” out of “stepparent” and become a fully legal parent to your spouse's child? With a successful stepparent adoption, you take on all the legal rights and responsibilities associated with biological parenthood—as long as you follow the proper procedures. The adoption process differs from state to state, so make sure you understand the steps you'll have to take in Connecticut. Step 1: 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

How to Develop a Great Parenting Plan

When parents split, the dynamics of the entire family change. Two households are created, living arrangements are no longer the same, and the children no longer have both their parents with them at the same time. To minimize stress and set the groundwork for a positive future, you and your spouse should put aside personal differences and create a great parenting plan that is both realistic and favors the needs of Read More

Divorce and Your Kids: 6 Tips to Help Minimize Their Stress

When parents initially approach the subject of divorce with one another, one of their first concerns is normally how the children will take it. Fortunately, children are far more resilient than many adults give them credit for, and with the proper approach and support, most children can adapt quite well to the changes occurring in their life during and after a divorce. In order to achieve this positive outcome Read More

Be the Best Divorced Parents You Can Be: 8 Tips for Effective Co-Parenting

An amicable co-parenting arrangement with your ex is not always easy, but when successfully carried out it can give your children stability and a sense of being close to both their parents. It is therefore important to put aside the anger and hostility of the past and develop a civil working relationship with your former spouse. These 8 tips will help you foster an effective co-parenting relationship by helping Read More

Telling the Children About Divorce, and How Collaboration and Mediation May Help

One of the hardest conversations we have with divorcing parents surrounds their fears about telling the children that a marriage is over. As their lawyers, the very best advice that we have for them is 1) to seek out a mental health professional experienced with families and children who can guide them through how to tell the children, and 2) to consider a collaborative or mediated divorce that will provide them Read More

Five Things to Consider When Selecting Your Kids’ Guardians

If you have a child under the age of 18, you should formally designate a legal guardian (or co-guardians) in the event you or your children's other parent pass away. If you don't go through the legal process of designating a guardian for your child, a court will select who will care for your child -- and it won't necessarily be who you would choose. Though picking a guardian is a very personal decision, the Read More

How to Help Your Children (and Yourself!) Deal with Divorce and the Holidays

The holidays can create mixed feelings for many people, especially children still coming to terms with their parents’ divorce. For divorcing parents, the stress of the first “new normal” holidays can be immense. Being aware of and empathetic to how their child and they may be feeling can help alleviate some anxieties and ease the whole family’s transition through this potentially difficult time. If you find Read More

Halloween an Opportunity for Divorcing Parents to Create the “New Normal”

Both Halloween and divorce can be scary, and then there are the ghosts.  But Halloween presents an opportunity for transitioning families to have a fun holiday in advance of the more traditional holiday season. Even seemingly innocuous holidays like Halloween can elicit and exacerbate the conflicting emotions and fears the process of divorce can create.  Halloween is the unofficial beginning of the holiday season, Read More

Special Needs Trusts Are Not Only For Wealthy Families

We were recently invited to attend the Connecticut Department of Development Services Resource Fair Family Forum Open House at the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The goal of the open house was to help families secure resources related to developmental disabilities, and we were there to discuss supplemental (special) needs trusts. It was wonderful to speak with families, and hear what questions are often on their minds. One Read More