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Catching up with Connecticut: The IRS Issues Proposed Rulings on the Definition Of “Husband” And “Wife”

In June, the Supreme Court ruled state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Hodges.  Accordingly, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has now issued proposed regulations under which marriages between couples of the same sex are recognized for all federal tax purposes, including income, estate, gift, generation-skipping, and employment tax. More specifically, the proposed regulations were 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

The Real Reality Show: Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian

Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian are so often in the public eye that their tribulations can be easy to discount as products of the celebrity lifestyle and unrelated to our experience. Ironically, the current fascination with reality television shows and celebrity lives can desensitize us to our own possible reality. But these public figures are real people with real families in real situations. Although the latest Read More

Connecticut Mediated and Collaborative Divorces Gain Benefit Under New Law

Quite a bit of attention has been paid to the new law effective October 1, more formally known as Public Act No. 15-7, allowing faster and less expensive divorces for spouses who choose to have a non-adversarial divorce. Until this law was effective, all Connecticut couples dissolving their marriages, even those who had reached an agreement, were (1) subject to a 90 day waiting period before they could divorce and Read More

Why, After the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling, Same Sex Spouses Should Still Adopt Their Non-Biological Children

It has been less than one week since the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision holding that the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution requires states to license marriages between two people of the same sex and to recognize lawful out-of-state marriages between two people of the same sex. Love won. Very understandably, we have already received multiple questions regarding whether, in light of Read More

Tomorrow Isn’t Another Day: Time to Do Your Estate Planning, Scarlett

Putting off what we perceive as the uncritical or unpleasant is one of the traits all but the purest among us share. Just google “Procrastination” and “Procrastination Quotes” and see how many hits you get. You find, for example, Hartford’s own Mark Twain, an inveterate procrastinator himself, advises us to “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” Another wit, name unknown, notes, “Only Read More

Why It is Especially Important that Connecticut Unmarried Same Sex Partners Adopt Their Children

One of the most common misconceptions that we hear when we are discussing parental rights for same-sex couples with new or prospective clients is their belief that they are the legal parent of a child by virtue of appearing on the birth certificate. As the National Center for Lesbian Rights explains: It is extremely important for non-biological parents to get a[n] ... adoption as soon as possible to ensure that Read More

The Marry Month of June

We are on the threshold of June, the month traditionally selected by couples to wed, and now seems the perfect time to bring up the topic of marriage.  Freed Marcroft celebrates and advocates for the rights of all people to marry the person of their choosing -- including the right to become unmarried. The tradition of holding weddings in June "dates back to Roman times when they celebrated the festival of the Read More

Mad Men, and Why Your Divorce Doesn’t Have To Be Like Don Draper’s Divorce(s)

This post was a family affair – with substantial insights and contribution from Ginna Freed, Meghan's mother.  As one half of a 45-year marriage, she is widely considered a better resource on the institution than Don Draper.  She also remembers some of the '60s, and remains unconvinced by Mad Men's depiction of the Moscow Mule cultural phenomenon. In honor/mourning, AMC’s sister networks are blacking out all Read More