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Let’s Talk About Nicole, Charlie, and Nora

Since mid-December, every family law attorney in the country has shared the same two clients – Nicole and Charlie. The protagonists of Netflix’ huge critical and commercial success, Marriage Story. Everyone asks about it. Before I can even answer “Did you see it?” the same four questions inevitably follow in rapid succession: “Is it accurate?” “Did it feel real?” “Are you Alan Alda, Laura Dern, or Ray Liotta?” Read More

What’s the Difference Between a Pretrial and a Trial in a Connecticut Divorce?

We were recently asked what the difference is between a pretrial and a trial in the context of a Connecticut divorce.  It's a reasonable question.  Even if you are well-versed in your prefixes thanks to English or Latin class in school -- the fact that a "pre"-trial happens "before" the trial is hardly the whole story -- or enough information.  Read on to learn how pretrials differ from trials in Connecticut Read More

What is a Pretrial in a Connecticut Divorce?

There are all sorts of terms of art that get thrown around during Connecticut divorces.  At Freed Marcroft, we want you to understand what is happening in your divorce — including what different terminology applies.  Today, we will answer one common question, "What is a 'Pretrial' in a Connecticut Divorce?" What is a Pretrial in a Connecticut Divorce? "Pretrial" is shorthand for "pretrial conference."  A pretrial Read More

A Lesson from Grocery Store Music

Grocery store music is always there but - at least for me - seldom heard. It’s pretty much a stream of cast-off one-hit wonders and the most you notice about them is the occasional “wow, the Night Chicago Died was once a thing . . . ” Usually. Not the case the other morning while I was strolling through the dairy section. I picked up this lyric: But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well. You see, ya Read More

Are There Advantages to Filing First for Divorce in Connecticut?

We are often asked whether there are any advantages to filing first for divorce in Connecticut.  Like so many things in divorce, it really depends on your individual goals -- that's exactly why the Goals & Planning Conference is our first step at Freed Marcroft. After all, what use is a legal strategy if it's not the right strategy for you? After your Goals & Planning Conference, when to file for Read More

What is a “No Fault” Divorce in Connecticut?

We are often asked "What is a "no fault" divorce in Connecticut?"  Connecticut has both "no fault" and "for fault" divorces. To learn more, please read on! Connecticut Divorce Grounds Connecticut has both "no fault" and "for fault" divorce.  Section 46b-40 of the Connecticut General Statutes lays out both the "no fault" and "for fault" grounds for divorce.  If you would like more information on all the available Read More

What Impact Does Adultery Have on Alimony in Connecticut Divorces?

Many people want to understand what impact adultery can have on alimony in Connecticut divorces.  Confusion on this issue is understandable -- and the answer has changed significantly over the years.  Please read on to learn more. What Impact Does Adultery Have on Alimony in Connecticut Divorces? To understand the impact alimony can have in Connecticut divorces, it's important to first understand that there are two Read More

What Factors Are Considered When Determining Alimony in a Connecticut Divorce?

What Factors Do Judges Consider When Deciding Whether to Award Alimony in Connecticut Divorces? The Connecticut alimony statute lists the factors to be considered by the court when determining alimony in a divorce.  These factors inform a judge's decision as to (1) whether there will be alimony, and, if so, (2) how much, and (3) for how long.  These factors are considered in no fault divorces as well as for fault Read More

What are the Grounds for Divorce in Connecticut?

Once you have decided to divorce, you may find yourself wondering what the legal grounds are for divorce in Connecticut.  To learn more, please read on! Connecticut Divorce Grounds Connecticut has both "no fault" and "for fault" divorce.  Read on to learn more about the grounds for both "no fault" and "for fault" divorce.  Section 46b-40 of the Connecticut General Statutes lays out both the "no fault" and "for Read More

What Is a QDRO (“Qua-dro”)?

One of the legal terms that judges and divorce lawyers tend to throw around is QRDO.  But what is a QDRO? What Does QDRO stand for? It's an acronym for Qualified Domestic Relations Order. How do you Pronounce QDRO? In Connecticut, we tend to pronounce the acronym like it's a word -- "quadro" -- rather than listing the letters -- "Q-D-R-O." What Does a QDRO do? There are all sorts of federal rules and Read More