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Pensions and Emotions in Connecticut Divorces

Lots of emotions about pensions come into play in Connecticut divorces. Frankly, there is a lot of emotion involved in dividing up all types of assets in a divorce, but retirement plans are particularly emotional for some people.  For example, if you were the spouse who earned the pension through your employer, your value and self-worth may be involved in your feelings about your pension.  If you are the spouse Read More

Divorce in Connecticut – Who Gets What?

So, you're wondering who gets what in a Connecticut divorce. If you boil it down, Connecticut divorce courts help couples decide three main things in a divorce. How and whether money will flow (think alimony and child support). How parenting will work. How property will be divided. Today we will talk about how property is divided in Connecticut -- or "who gets what" in the divorce. Who Gets What in Read More

What is Separate Property vs Marital Property in a Connecticut Divorce?

Wondering what is "separate" versus "marital" property in a Connecticut divorce?  Surprise!  There technically is no separate property or marital property in Connecticut.   Read on to learn why -- and what we have in Connecticut instead. Why Isn't There Separate Property or Marital Property in Connecticut Divorces? Connecticut is an "equitable distribution" and an "all property" state.  Separate property and Read More

What is the Case Management Date in a Connecticut Divorce?

It's no surprise that we are often asked what the Case Management Date is in a Connecticut divorce.  There are two dates that are established right when you first initiate a divorce in Connecticut -- the "Return Date" and the "Case Management Date" -- and they are on two of the legal documents that start the divorce, the Summons and Complaint.  So, this legal term is one of the first ones that people see when a Read More

How Do Legal Fees Work in a Connecticut Divorce?

When it comes to legal fees (and everything else) we want you to come into this with open eyes and a full understanding of everything that is going on, so please read on for an explanation of how our legal fees work in Connecticut divorces. Different people have different priorities when it comes to divorce and their future.  There are three different ways to look at the cost of divorcing (or not divorcing) – Read More

What is the Return Date in a Connecticut Divorce?

There are two dates that are established right when you first initiate a divorce in Connecticut -- the "Return Date" and the "Case Management Date."  It's no surprise that we are often asked what the Return Date means in the context of a Connecticut divorce. The answer is the same whether you will be in Hartford, Tolland Rockville, Bridgeport, Middletown, or any other Connecticut court -- every Connecticut family Read More

How Does Property Division Work in a Connecticut Divorce?

"How does property division work in a Connecticut divorce" is a critical question -- one of the major focuses in every divorce is how to divide property.  First, two major myths persist that need to be debunked. Connecticut Divorce Property Division Myths Myth 1 Connecticut is not a community property state.   Connecticut is what is called an "equitable division" or "equitable distribution" state. To learn more Read More

Is Connecticut a Divorce Community Property State?

One of the misconceptions we hear is that Connecticut is a "community property" state for divorce.  It is not.  Like most states, Connecticut is an “equitable distribution” or "equitable division" state. What is Community Property? Generally speaking, in community property states, the spouses equally own all money earned by either one of them from the beginning of the marriage until their date of separation. All Read More

Connecticut Divorce vs Separation

It's important to understand the differences in Connecticut divorce vs separation.  This is made even more complicated by the fact that not all separation is legal separation.  To learn more the difference between living apart and legal separation, head here.  Or, read on to learn about Connecticut divorce vs separation to help you make the right decision for you and your family. What Issues are Covered in a Read More

How Do Remarriage or Cohabitation Impact Alimony in Connecticut?

When spouses divorce in Connecticut, the court may order one spouse to pay alimony to the other spouse.  But what happens in the case of the alimony recipient's remarriage or cohabitation with a new partner?  In either situation, the spouse paying alimony may want to end or decrease alimony payments. To learn more about how alimony works in Connecticut divorces, click here. To learn more about how remarriage or Read More