Family Law

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What is Divorce Pathways to Resolution?

In 2021, the Connecticut Judicial Branch launched a new process for divorce and family law matters, which they named divorce “Pathways to Resolution.”

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What Is a Case Date?

A “Case Date” in Connecticut family law cases is a hearing before a judge to address various motions.  Typically, they address temporary, or pendente lite, motions.  Attorneys for both sides present evidence, and the judge issues a ruling.  You may not have any Case Dates, or you may have multiple Case Dates — it all depends on the specifics of your divorce, custody, or other family law matter.

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ADR & Divorce

There are two main ways to think of how ADR is most commonly used in Connecticut. Either a form of ADR is used for (1) the approach to the divorce itself, or it is used as (2) a tool to reach out-of-court resolutions during a divorce litigation.

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What Is Family Relations in Connecticut Divorce and Custody?

The Family Relations Counselors are court employees who are typically social workers or attorneys.   Family Services offers a wide variety of services to help resolve visitation, parenting, and financial disputes like property division, alimony, and child support in divorce, separation, custody, and post-judgment actions.

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What is a Custody Evaluation?

A custody evaluation is performed by a neutral mental health professional — often a social worker or psychologist or social trained to perform evaluations in litigated custody cases.

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What Is a Private Custody Evaluation?

There are two types of custody evaluations in Connecticut: Family Services Evaluations and Private Custody Evaluations.  In both, a custody evaluation is performed by a neutral mental health professional — often a social worker or psychologist or social trained to perform evaluations in litigated custody cases.

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What Is a Family Services Custody Evaluation?

In some Connecticut divorce and family law cases, there is a Family Services Custody Evaluation. However, not every case includes a custody evaluation — it only happens when the parties (and their lawyers) or the Court decide that one is appropriate.

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What is a Divorce Resolution Plan Date?

The Resolution Plan Date is not a hearing in front of a judge.  It’s a meeting with Family Relations where they triage your case to evaluate the possibility of an amicable resolution and recommend to the court the level of court services your case is likely to need.  Most RPDs are an hour or less.

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What Is a Motion for Continuance?

One of the questions that come up in family law cases is: What is a Motion for Continuance?  In the majority of litigated divorces, there is at least one Motion for Continuance filed.  But what is it, and what does it do?

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What Is a Scheduling Order?

It’s time to talk about family law legal terminology again, and today’s topic is “What is a scheduling order?” Read on to learn more. Scheduling Order Basics A scheduling order is a court order that determines the flow of a litigated divorce, separation, or custody matter from the date it’s entered through trial. In other words, via…

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