Maybe you’re considering divorce. Maybe your spouse has brought the subject up. You may want more information about how divorce works. You may want to know what your post-divorce financial life will look like in terms of alimony and spousal support or property division. If you have kids, child custody and parenting plans or child support are probably on your mind.
Our divorce attorneys’ lawyering and negotiation skills are top-notch, but that’s not the only thing that matters. We care about what you want for your post-divorce life. Our first task will be to help you identify and prioritize your goals. Then, our team of lawyers builds a legal strategy for your divorce that’s focused on the things that matter most to you.
Grounds for Divorce
- The marriage has broken down irretrievably
Even in no-fault divorces, the concept of fault is built into our law and judges can consider whether one spouse had a more significant role in the marriage’s breakdown. Some for-fault factors are:
- Fraudulent contract
- Habitual intemperance
- Intolerable cruelty
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There are three ways to approach a Connecticut divorce:
In mediation, you and your spouse meet with a neutral mediator who guides your conversation and helps you reach decisions on your own. Like mediation, collaborative law is a voluntary litigation alternative. One major difference is that throughout a collaborative, you and your spouse are each fully represented by your own attorney. Litigation is when spouses don’t agree to opt into one of the alternative dispute resolution methods – mediation or collaborative divorce. Even if you litigate and the court is involved, you are still likely to reach at least some out-of-court settlement agreements.
Your Freed Marcroft legal team will help you understand the pros and cons of all three divorce options so that you can choose the approach that’s the right fit for you and your family. We have extensive experience in all divorce options because what is most important to us is designing a divorce individualized to you, your goals, and your family. The divorce process you choose should be based on you, not your attorney’s partiality or absence of training or proficiency.
NO-FAULT DIVORCE IN CONNECTICUT
Most people file for a no-fault divorce in Connecticut. The no-fault grounds are either the marriage has broken down irretrievably or have lived apart by reason of incompatibility for at least eighteen months.
Neither party has to place blame on the other when filing for a no-fault divorce. Only one spouse’s testimony is needed for the court to order a no-fault divorce. If you file a no-fault divorce, the court can still determine that one spouse had a more significant role in causing the breakdown. However, responsibility is just one of many factors that courts evaluate when creating divorce orders.
UNCONTESTED DIVORCE HEARING
Spouses always have the opportunity to reach agreements in their divorce. These resolutions are reached via negotiation in litigated divorces, mediation, and collaborative divorce. In many cases, spouses reach a full settlement agreement, resolving all issues in their divorce.
Next, lawyers present the agreement to the judge at an uncontested divorce hearing. The judge reviews the agreement to determine whether it’s fair and equitable, and verifies both spouses (1) understand the terms and (2) weren’t forced to enter into it. If all is in order, the judge finalizes the divorce.
TYPES OF DIVORCES
Freed Marcroft’s attorneys handle high- and low-conflict divorces through litigation, mediation, and collaboration. Our lawyers devote their practice exclusively to divorce and family law. Our singular focus, without distractions, allows us to go “a mile deep” on all the highly evolving aspects of family law, especially including high-net worth and international divorce and custody, and the complexities involved when dissolving same sex marriages.
We call our initial consultation the Goals & Planning Conference because it’s all about your future. That way, your divorce attorney is set up to design a legal strategy to get you on to living the life that you want to live.