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What is Divorce Pathways to Resolution?

In 2021, the Connecticut Judicial Branch launched a new process for divorce and family law matters, which they named divorce “Pathways to Resolution.”

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What Is a Case Date?

A “Case Date” in Connecticut family law cases is a hearing before a judge to address various motions.  Typically, they address temporary, or pendente lite, motions.  Attorneys for both sides present evidence, and the judge issues a ruling.  You may not have any Case Dates, or you may have multiple Case Dates — it all depends on the specifics of your divorce, custody, or other family law matter.

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Arbitration & Divorce

There are three main ways to divorce in Connecticut, mediation, collaborative law, and litigation.  Both mediation and collaborative law are forms of ADR.  ADR is short for “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” and is any method of resolving disputes outside of court.

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Later-in-Life Divorce in Connecticut

Later in life divorces often occur after a marriage has lasted decades, possibly 30, 40 years, or more. Generally, the longer the marriage, the more intertwined the finances, family situations, or health issues become, leading to unique concerns.

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ADR & Divorce

There are two main ways to think of how ADR is most commonly used in Connecticut. Either a form of ADR is used for (1) the approach to the divorce itself, or it is used as (2) a tool to reach out-of-court resolutions during a divorce litigation.

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What Is Family Relations in Connecticut Divorce and Custody?

The Family Relations Counselors are court employees who are typically social workers or attorneys.   Family Services offers a wide variety of services to help resolve visitation, parenting, and financial disputes like property division, alimony, and child support in divorce, separation, custody, and post-judgment actions.

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What is a Custody Evaluation?

A custody evaluation is performed by a neutral mental health professional — often a social worker or psychologist or social trained to perform evaluations in litigated custody cases.

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What Is a Private Custody Evaluation?

There are two types of custody evaluations in Connecticut: Family Services Evaluations and Private Custody Evaluations.  In both, a custody evaluation is performed by a neutral mental health professional — often a social worker or psychologist or social trained to perform evaluations in litigated custody cases.

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What Is a Family Services Custody Evaluation?

In some Connecticut divorce and family law cases, there is a Family Services Custody Evaluation. However, not every case includes a custody evaluation — it only happens when the parties (and their lawyers) or the Court decide that one is appropriate.

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Making the Decision to Divorce

Divorce is a huge decision.  It changes everything from where you live to your relationships with your spouse, kids, family, friends, strangers, professional colleagues, strangers – well, everyone.  It is the opportunity to create a completely new future, but in doing so upends the vision of the future that you’ve had in your head for years.

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