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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

How to Decide Whether to Divorce

Divorce is a just legal mechanism, but it’s a legal mechanism with tremendous power to change your life for the positive.  Leaving an unhappy marriage for a better future is transformative. But how do you determine what you want?  How do you decide if what you have is better than the alternative?  What future do you want to create? When you think about your goals for your future, you want to think about time, Read More

What are the “Automatic Orders” in a Connecticut Divorce?

In Connecticut, some court orders go into effect automatically at the beginning of a divorce, legal separation, custody, or visitation action.  These are commonly referred to as the "Automatic Orders." Read on for answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Automatic Orders. “Automatic Orders” in a Connecticut Divorce What is the Purpose of the Automatic Orders? There is a lot of emotion and Read More

Top Three Tips to Keep Legal Fees Down in Your Connecticut Divorce

There are three different ways to look at the cost of a Connecticut divorce – monetary cost, emotional cost, and time.  Today we are focused on one piece of the financial puzzle -- legal fees.  Legal fees -- along with items such as how property is divided, whether and how much alimony and spousal support will flow, issues involving homes and businesses, and child support -- are one of the financial considerations in Read More