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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

Can I Relocate and Move My Kids After a Connecticut Divorce?

Life goes on after divorce, and changing opportunities and circumstances sometimes mean that one parent wants to move with the kids out of town or Connecticut.  Sometimes the parent wants to move because of a new professional or educational opportunity, other times to be nearer to extended family or a new spouse or partner.  "Relocation" is the legal term when a parent seeks to relocate and move with the kids after a Read More

What Legal Terms are Replacing “Child Custody” and “Visitation” in Connecticut Divorces?

The legal terms "child custody" and "visitation" are quickly being replaced in the Connecticut divorce court system.  Connecticut divorce lawyers and judges using terms like "parenting time," "parenting plan" and "parental responsibility." If you are considering divorce, it's helpful to familiarize yourself with the updated terminology, so read on! The New Legal Terms for "Child Custody" and "Visitation" in Read More

What Happens When Connecticut Divorcing Parents Reach an Agreement on Custody, Visitation, and Parenting Time?

Many divorcing Connecticut parents ultimately reach an agreement about how they will co-parent -- including how custody, visitation, and parenting in general will work. What happens next in Connecticut Courts?  What must the written agreement (or "parenting plan") have to include?  Will the divorce court accept your agreement? How Do Parents Reach Parenting Agreements? For some Connecticut divorcing parents, Read More

How Alimony Works in Connecticut Divorces

Many people, including this gentleman, wonder about how alimony (also referred to as “spousal support”) works in Connecticut when they are in the initial stages of deciding to divorce or divorcing. Unlike in some other states, there is no formula for alimony in Connecticut. What is Alimony? In Connecticut, alimony (also called "spousal support") is money paid by one spouse to another (either during the divorce, or Read More

Key Differences Between Connecticut Legal Separation and Divorce

Like many issues facing you when you are considering a divorce, the differences between separation and divorce in Connecticut can be confusing.  This is made even more complicated by the fact that not all separation is legal separation.  This guide will help you understand the key differences and empower you to take the next step and make the right decision for you and your family. Separation (or Living Apart) Read More

The Difference Between Annulment and Divorce in Connecticut

A question over at Avvo inspired us to take some time to focus on the difference between annulment and divorce in Connecticut.  People are understandably confused about the difference between annulment and divorce in Connecticut -- especially given that there are two kinds of annulment, legal and religious, which adds an extra layer of complexity. Read on for a clear explanation of the differences. Religious Read More

The Family Home in a Connecticut Divorce

It makes sense that one of the top concerns we hear from people considering or in the initial stages of divorce in Connecticut surround the family home. For example, people wonder "Who gets to live in the family home," and whether that impacts who gets the value of the equity in the house. In this video, Freed Marcroft Founding Attorney Meghan Freed discussed how the family home touches all of the aspects of the Read More