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Can Alimony Be Changed in Connecticut?

A very common question is whether alimony can be changed after a Connecticut divorce is final.  This is called a post judgment modification. Read on to learn more. Substantial Change in Circumstances The court cannot order alimony in the future if alimony if didn't order alimony in the divorce.  If it was, the next question is whether the divorce order specifically prohibits modification of alimony.  In cases Read More

What is Equitable Distribution?

When it comes to dividing property in a divorce, Connecticut is an “equitable distribution” or "equitable division" state.  It is not, as is sometimes misunderstood, a "community property" state. Read on to learn more. What is Equitable Distribution? Courts in equitable distribution states like Connecticut divide marital property according to what is fair, or equitable, for both spouses. This isn't the same as Read More

Discovery in Connecticut Divorces

Read on to learn what discovery is and what you can expect from discovery in your Connecticut divorce. What is Discovery? Discovery is the exchange of legal information and known facts of a case. Think of discovery as sharing background information and evidence so that both parties can make informed decisions.  For example, imagine negotiating a settlement agreement on property division without knowing all the Read More

What is the Financial Affidavit in a Connecticut Divorce?

The financial affidavit is one of the main, and most important, documents in a Connecticut divorce.  They are used in all types of divorces: litigated, collaborative, and mediated. Please read on to learn more. What Information Goes on a Financial Affidavit? The financial affidavit is a financial snapshot of your income, expenses, assets, and debts. You and your Freed Marcroft team will make a plan to gather the Read More

What is an Uncontested Divorce in Connecticut?

Understanding what an uncontested divorce is (and isn’t) is critical.  Too many people make decisions thinking an uncontested divorce is something it’s not. There's Actually No Such Thing as an Uncontested Divorce In Connecticut, there’s actually no such thing as an “uncontested divorce" like what exists in some other states.  In those states, right from the beginning, you initiate an "uncontested divorce" with the Read More

What Factors Are Considered When Dividing Property in a Connecticut Divorce?

The Connecticut property division statute lists the factors to be considered by the court when dividing property in a divorce.  These factors are considered in no fault divorces as well as for fault divorces. The court considers all of these factors, and there is no indication that any single factor is more important than any other factor.  Instead, the court has the discretion to weigh these factors based upon Read More

How Do Connecticut Courts Decide Whether a Parent Can Relocate Post Divorce?

When we are analyzing how best to help Freed Marcroft's clients decide how to address a parent's desire to relocate post divorce, the first step is to review the initial court order. Often the court's orders in the parenting plan set out where and when a parent can move.  If a parent's proposed move falls within those parameters, you may not have to return to court.  If it does not fall within the current plan, in Read More

What is a Substantial Change in Circumstances for Connecticut Child Support?

We are often asked what constitutes a substantial change in circumstances when it comes to modifying child support. For the answer, read on! Motion to Modify Child Support In "How Is Child Support Calculated in Connecticut?" we learned that the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines do not currently provide a mechanism for adjusting or reevaluating child support. In order to modify a child support order, a Read More

Who Will Be The Judge If My Divorce Goes To Trial?

A common question is who the judge will be if your divorce goes to trial in Connecticut.  Read on to learn how judges are assigned in family court. Will There Be One Judge in My Divorce? In some states, a single judge will preside over and decide an entire divorce case. However, Connecticut courts do not generally assign a specific judge to handle a divorce case from start to finish. If you are involved in a Read More

Is There a Jury in a Connecticut Divorce?

Many people wonder whether there is a jury at Connecticut divorce trials. No.  In Connecticut, we do not have jury trials in divorce cases. A judge hears evidence and decides. Why Did I Think There Was a Jury? Some movies and television shows about divorce show a jury, so that can be confusing.  But in the vast majority of states and the overwhelming number of divorce cases, there is no jury trial.  This Read More