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Completing the Necessary Steps in Divorce Proceedings

To begin the divorce process in Connecticut, you first need to fill out a series of court documents. A Summons Family Actions form instructs an officer to notify your spouse that you are filing for a divorce. You also need to fill out a form requesting that your marriage or civil union be dissolved —… Read More »

Determining Grounds for Divorce in Connecticut

In Connecticut, legal grounds for divorce are divided into two categories: fault grounds and no-fault grounds. Fault grounds include the following circumstances: adultery, willful desertion for one year, fraudulent contract, seven years’ absence with no contact, habitual overindulgence, intolerable cruelty, prison sentencing or hospitalization for mental illness. No-fault grounds include the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage… Read More »

What Are the Differences Among Separation, Divorce and Annulment?

In Connecticut, when a married couple decides to put an end to the relationship, there are three legal options: separation, divorce and annulment. While the end result — physical separation and the division of assets — is the same for all three options, the processes and implications are different for each. A legal separation is… Read More »

What Decisions Are Made at a Custody Hearing?

A child custody hearing involves several important decisions regarding the child of divorcing parties. First, the court determines the living situation that is in the best interests of the child. Next, the court decides if one parent receives temporary custody or exclusive custody, or if both parents should share joint custody. Finally, if one parent… Read More »

Proceeding Through the Custody Process

Child custody negotiations can be one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce. However, understanding the specifics of the process may help the divorce proceedings go more smoothly for you and your kids. When spouses first separate, each parent is entitled to equal child custody. Once divorce proceedings have begun, however, the court attempts… Read More »

Choosing Between Collaborative or Mediated Divorce Procedures

When spouses make the decision to get divorced, there are several negotiation options available. With the somewhat recent development of collaborative divorce procedures, many couples find themselves choosing between this method and the more traditional mediated divorce approach. In a mediated divorce, a neutral third party serves as a facilitator to help resolve any disputes… Read More »

What Is Collaborative Divorce?

A collaborative divorce is a relatively new method of resolving issues related to the dissolution of marriage. During this process, both spouses hire attorneys who practice collaborative law and agree to negotiate the divorce through a series of group meetings. This form of divorce emphasizes cooperation over confrontation and often requires help from custody evaluators,… Read More »

Dividing a Retirement Fund in a Divorce

During divorce proceedings, retirement funds are often included on the list of assets that must be divided, even if the parties are not nearing retirement age. Funds added to a 401(k) or other retirement accounts during the course of a marriage are considered marital property, while funds already in the account before the marriage are… Read More »

Divorcing When a Family Business Is Involved

Divorce is a complex process, but matters can become even more complicated when one or both parties own a family business. This can create conflict over how to divide the business in the final divorce settlement, particularly because a business is often a marriage’s most valuable financial asset. In general, all property acquired during a… Read More »

What Constitutes a Complex Divorce?

A complex divorce usually involves parties who need to divide high-value assets. In these cases, the divorce process requires a financial analysis to consider each person’s stake in the estate. In the context of divorce, the term “estate” refers to each spouse’s assets and entitlements, including investments. It does not include a spouse’s potential future… Read More »