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Negotiation – Can It Help YOUR Divorce?

Negotiation is almost always used in some way, shape, or form in a divorce.  It can be used to reach temporary, or pendente lite, agreements.  It can be used to settle some of the bigger issues.  And ultimately, it is often used to reach a comprehensive settlement. Just because you negotiate your case to resolution, doesn’t mean you can’t get a ‘win.’ You can certainly negotiate a win. Negotiation has many pros.  It allows you to work towards an agreement that addresses the concerns most important to you.  It also allows you to avoid, in whole or in part, costly ...
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New Year, New Posts, New You

Here, the ‘Family Matters’ resolution is to write more blog posts, so that we can bring relevant information to you. If you are going through a divorce, or other family law proceeding, or are considering one, have you thought about what YOUR resolution is going to be? Some of you may resolve to get divorced.  That’s a big resolution, and one you have likely arrived at for numerous reasons:  the fighting around your children has gotten to be too much; the unhappiness at home is unbearable; disagreements over financial issues appear insurmountable.  Whatever the reason, we encourage you to contact a divorce ...
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The Effect of Domestic Violence on Divorce and Custody Cases

Hint: The effects of domestic violence allegations or charges go well beyond the criminal courtroom… Family violence “means an incident resulting in physical harm, bodily injury or assault, or an act of threatened violence that constitutes fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, including, but not limited to, stalking or a pattern of threatening between family or household members.” Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46b-38a(1) (2013). Domestic violence, in a simple description, is term used to describe various family violence crimes that occur between a very select group of people: family and household members. Connecticut law expands the traditional ...
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Some Thoughts on the Guardian Ad Litem Reform in Connecticut

GALs Can Be An Essential Resource In Connecticut Custody Cases Contested divorce and custody cases are perhaps the most integrally difficult and personal experiences that one can go through.  They involve at least the parents, but also sometimes the grandparents – and, at the center of these disputes are children that are very, very loved.  Unfortunately, there are various reasons that these contested cases are in such conflict, some of those reasons easier to resolve than others. In contested cases involving custody and/or visitation, guardian ad litems (GALs) are a crucial component involved in fusing the dichotomy inherent in these ...
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How is Child Support Enforced in Connecticut?

Child support is a regular payment made by one spouse for the care and well-being of a child or children. See Battersby v. Battersby, 218 Conn. 467, 473, 590 A.2d 429 (1991).  Unlike alimony, which does not have a set formula by which it is calculated, the amount of the payment is determined pursuant to the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines.   Once it is determined that there is a child support obligation owed, and the amount of that obligation is calculated, the court must approve the child support amount, and enter the payment as a court order in order for it ...
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Divorce as a Business Transaction?

How Thinking of Your Divorce This Way, and Having a Team, Can Help It’s often said a divorce is like a death, and that you go through the stages of grief as you would a death. It IS the death—the end—of a marriage.  Divorcing couples go through varying degrees of the stages of grief:  denial and isolation (“I’m fine, it’s his/her loss,” or “he/she will come to her senses soon, they are just mad right now,” or isolating themselves from situations and persons reminding them of their marriage or with whom they would need to discuss the divorce), anger (even ...
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Dividing Property in a CT Divorce

An Equitable Division of Assets and Debts One of the biggest challenges that many couples face during the divorce is the division of assets. Connecticut is not a community property state; meaning, the law does not require that all property be divided 50/50.  Instead, Connecticut is an “equitable distribution” state. Equitable does not mean equal, so what does it mean? In Connecticut, the law requires that property be divided as is fair under the circumstances.  If that seems vague and imprecise, that’s because it is. One this is for sure: once property is divided following a Connecticut divorce, that order cannot ...
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Fault as a Grounds for Divorce in CT

Deciding whether you should get a divorce is never easy. In Connecticut, it is not required that you allege or prove fault to get a divorce—this is known as a “no-fault” divorce.  This does not mean that neither party is at fault, it just means that you do not need to prove fault.  It also does not mean that fault does not factor into divorce proceedings in other ways – more on that later. For purposes of this discussion, if you are alleging that the divorce is due to the misconduct of your spouse, and you want to bring a ...
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Bullying: Anyone as a Perpetrator, Anyone as a Victim

As Roles Change and Expand, So Does Our Society's Response to Acts of Bullying There is no universal role assignment which defines who is a bully, and who is a victim.  Traditionally, students, peers of the same or similar age, come to mind as both the perpetrators and victims of bullying.  However, society's understanding of bullying and these roles began to change when stories circulated with adults bullying other students on behalf of their own children. There have been several other developments to our society's understanding of school bullying and its effects; however, a recent video has made its away around the internet, again reminding ...
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Alimony & Property Distributions in a Divorce: Why Hiring a Lawyer Can Help

Understanding the Basics of Alimony, and How it is Determined Our Connecticut divorce lawyers counsel, advise, and advocate for clients contemplating or facing a divorce throughout the state, including Milford, New Haven, Orange, Hartford, Hamden, and more.  We understand the sensitivity involved in a divorce, and we know the laws.  We also know that it is not just family laws which must be considered; instead, knowledge of finances, taxes, and issues involving children are essential components to successful divorce representation.  We use our knowledge and experience to comprehensively advise clients on concerns and issues specific to their situation.  If you have ...
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