Divorce Litigation

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What Is a Divorce Trial?

A divorce trial is what happens when spouses cannot agree on some or any of the issues in their divorce. If you can’t resolve all of the issues in your case, the judge decides for you at the trial.  Another way to think of a trial is as the very final court hearing in a divorce.

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Bifurcation & Divorce

Kelly Clarkson has been in the news for seeking a bifurcation in her divorce.  But what does it mean to bifurcate your divorce?  We’ve told you before that prenups aren’t just for celebrities — is bifurcation something that you should consider? Read on! What is Bifurcation? Bifurcation allows a court to divide a trial into…

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What are Kitchen Table Conversations in a Divorce?

Mediation and collaborative divorce are forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, or “ADR,” and take place almost entirely outside of the court system.  If you and your spouse do not both agree to opt-in to mediation or collaborative divorce, you will have a litigated divorce.

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What is a Four Way Meeting in a Divorce?

There are three major approaches to divorce in Connecticut — mediation, collaborative divorce, and litigation.  Mediation and collaborative divorce are forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, or “ADR,” and take place almost entirely outside of the court system.

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What is a Pretrial in a Connecticut Divorce?

There are all sorts of terms of art that get thrown around during Connecticut divorces.  At Freed Marcroft, we want you to understand what is happening in your divorce — including what different terminology applies.

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Understanding the Key Differences Between a Connecticut Legal Separation and a Divorce

Like so many issues facing you when you are considering a divorce, the differences between separation, legal separation, and divorce can be confusing. For example, it is not unusual for a couple to live separately for awhile before filing for divorce. Most of them use this trial separation as a breather to decide what they…

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The Long Game and Divorce

My dad Larry is a great golfer.  My grandparents, uncles, and aunts are great golfers. My family even holds all celebrations — from retirement parties to baby showers to after funerals — at golf courses. I am no golfer. I took one golf class to fulfill my phys ed requirement at Mount Holyoke and then…

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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,…

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Estate Planning and Financial Loose Ends After Divorce

Following the emotional and financial turmoil of a divorce, people are understandably focused on their own well-being, helping their children through the transition, and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. This can lead to their forgetting to consider the impact a divorce has on their estate plans – such as wills, beneficiary…

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Cohabitation After Divorce: Living with a New Partner Can Impact Alimony

Many people are aware that a remarriage can end a former spouse’s alimony, but not everyone realizes that cohabiting after a divorce can also affect alimony. This is a particularly important issue given how many couples are choosing to live together rather than marry.  The percentage of married households in the United States has fallen to…

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