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  • 4 tips for successful co-parenting in Connecticut

    In 2011, the most recent year with reported statistics, the divorce rate in Connecticut was 4.8 for every 1,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When couples who share children make the difficult decision to split, they must agree on how they will raise their kids apart. Recognizing that children benefit from having a relationship with both parents, more people are opting to co-parent. In light of divorces, hurt feelings and other factors, however, making co-parenting work can sometimes be a challenge.Read More

  • How to prepare for a divorce that happens later in life

    Divorcing later in life used to be considered taboo, but nowadays the divorce rate among people in their 50s and 60s is growing dramatically and, as such, so-called "gray divorce" has become much more socially acceptable. As US News & World Report points out, the divorce rate doubled among those aged 50 and up between 1990 and 2010. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that nearly half of gray divorces involve first marriages, meaning that many of the couples getting divorced later in life are coming out of long-term marriages. Ending a long-term marriage, especially later in life, brings up a number of important considerations, a few of which are discussed below.Read More

  • Who gets the house in a divorce?

    love my house; I don’t want to sell it." "I just want to keep the house until my kids go to college." "I want to get rid of the house before we are divorced, but my spouse won’t agree." "The house is in my name, so do I get to keep it?"Read More

  • Simplifying the divorce process in Connecticut

    No divorce is easy. The dissolution of a marriage is a significant family, financial and emotional event. However, while no one looks forward to getting a divorce, divorce does not necessarily have to be the messy, expensive and contentious process it is commonly thought to be.Read More

  • Re-evaluate co-parenting plans during the summer

    As children are now on summer vacation, parents who are considering a divorce and those with established co-parenting plans may discover some challenges as the weather warms. When the children are in school, many families adapt to a specific schedule, with a particular parent responsible for getting the children from school on specific days of the week.Read More

  • Alimony in Connecticut family law: the spousal duty of support

    Upon divorce or legal separation in a Connecticut marriage, alimony — also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance — may be ordered. Alimony is the payment of support money, usually monthly, by one former spouse, the payor, to the other, the payee.Read More

  • Missing boy provides opportunity to discuss child custody in Connecticut

    A missing boy case out of the Boston area provides an opportunity for people throughout the East to discuss child custody basics. The case involves a five year-old boy who went missing from his mother's home. The mother had taken custody of the little boy, his nine year-old brother and seven year-old sister after leaving the father. She accused the father of drug use and kept the children from their father for two years.Read More

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  • Connecticut divorce: Avoiding disputes when dividing up marital property

    When a person is going through a divorce in Fairfield County, they should take each step carefully so that they do not make a mistake and lose property that they would have been entitled to under the law. In Connecticut, marital property is subject to equitable division, which means that each spouse has a claim based on certain factors. As such one spouse could be awarded a greater amount than the other one.Read More

  • The divorce process: documents your divorce attorney needs

    April 30, 2015

    Individuals who begin the divorce process may feel confused and overwhelmed. These feelings are often exacerbated by other strong emotions and feelings including fear, excitement, regret and hope. Also weighing heavily on the minds of soon-to-be divorcees are concerns and questions related to important matters like child custody and the division of marital property.Read More

  • Child custody basics

    April 1, 2015

    Connecticut parents who are going through a divorce or split from a spouse or partner often have many questions and concerns related to child custody. Such matters are often highly emotional and can quickly become heated and contentious. It's important, therefore, that parents who are dealing with disputes over child custody seek legal advice and assistance.Read More

  • Resolution through divorce mediation and other solutions

    March 19, 2015

    Unfortunately, many Connecticut marriages end in divorce. Each divorce is different, which means that a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works. It's important for a law firm to offer customized approaches for each situation, especially since some cases are much more complex than others. That's why, we at BRODER & ORLAND LLC , offer a personalized approach for each case we take on, which ranges from mediation to litigation.Read More

  • Property division in a fault divorce

    March 11, 2015

    Connecticut is a state that offers both fault and no-fault divorces. In a no-fault divorce, neither party bases its grounds for the divorce on the other party's wrongdoing. The couple agrees that the marriage has broken down and they petition for divorce so they can move on. But in a fault divorce, one party alleges in the Complaint that the other party's behavior caused damage to the marriage. Even in a no fault divorce, the Court will hear evidence as to the cause of the breakdown of the marriage. In both situations, a person's share of the marital property can be affected by fault or behavior. There are seven reasons that qualify for a fault divorce. Adultery, fraud, cruelty (physical, emotional and verbal abuse), and alcohol abuse are some of the most common reasons. Others include desertion and neglect for more than one year by either spouse, imprisonment of more than one year, and hospitalization in a mental institution for five of the six years prior to the divorce.Read More

  • Prenuptial agreements and property interests

    March 6, 2015

    Many Connecticut residents who are preparing for marriage consider signing a prenuptial agreement. When properly executed, these agreements can protect property and save a lot of headaches and expense should the couple later divorce. The thought of these agreements makes some people uncomfortable, because people who are getting married don't want to contemplate the possibility that they will later split. However, these agreements can help ensure that both parties are entering a marriage with a clear picture of their finances and the consequences they will face if they decide to end the marriage.Read More

  • Preparing for divorce: property division and other issues

    February 25, 2015

    When Connecticut couples make the decision to file for divorce, they need to be prepared. A divorce is a major decision that can affect many aspects of your life for a long time. Read on to find out what you'll need to do.Read More

  • Nonmarital agreements: prenuptial agreements without the marriage

    February 19, 2015

    Before tying the knot, more and more Connecticut couples are considering prenuptial agreements for asset protection. Prenuptial agreements are specifically for couples about to be married, but what about those who have been together for a long time and don't plan to get married, for some reason or another? How can they protect their wealth? There are legal documents available for these couples as well. They are often referred to as living together contracts or nonmarital agreements. Read on to find out how these contracts work.Read More

  • How can divorce mediation work if my ex and I always disagree?

    February 12, 2015

    Divorce mediation is an alternative for divorcing Connecticut couples who want to avoid litigation. Although this is an attractive option for many, there are concerns about how effective this form of dispute resolution can really be for combative couples. While some couples are more than willing to negotiate the terms of their divorce in order to save time and money, some are very emotional and refuse to give in out of spite. Divorce mediation can help some of these couples come to a peaceful resolution.Read More

  • Child support, alimony and lawyer fees: What are tax-deductible?

    February 4, 2015

    Tax season is now underway and many Connecticut residents have started on their 2014 returns. Those who have divorced in the past year may have some concerns about how child support is taxed. Is it tax-deductible to the payer? Does the payee have to claim it as income? What about alimony and attorney fees? Read on to find out the answers to these questions.Read More

  • Dealing with stocks and other complex property division

    January 30, 2015

    While some Connecticut couples may have a relatively easy divorce with no children or significant assets involved, others don't have it so easy. Many people receive benefits through their workplace, such as stocks and restricted stock units. In a divorce, these assets are subject to be split with the other party. However, uncovering these assets and determining the best way to divide them can be tricky. It is important to learn more about this type of complex property division.Read More

  • Divorce mediation can be used for even the most complicated cases

    January 24, 2015

    Dealing with the thought of divorce is stressful enough for Connecticut couples. Having to battle it out in a courtroom is even more nerve-wracking. Fortunately, couples have the option of negotiating and settling on important issues through divorce mediation.Read More

  • How can I prevent my sole assets from becoming marital property?

    January 14, 2015

    When you get married, there's a saying that goes "What's yours is mine, and what's mine is yours." Connecticut couples understand that's how things typically go in a marriage. Much of what you and your spouse acquire during the marriage is shared with each other. However, there may be assets that you acquire before your marriage that you want to keep as non-marital property in the event of a divorce. Or while you are married, you may want to keep an inheritance as separate property. There are ways to accomplish this, but they require scrupulous recordkeeping and strict adherence to rules regarding commingling property.Read More

  • Be wary of sunset provisions in prenuptial agreements

    January 7, 2015

    When engaged Connecticut couples decide on a prenuptial agreement, they may think it will last as long as their marriage. Besides, prenuptial agreements can't expire, can they? Believe it or not, they can. Some couples include sunset clauses in their prenups so that they expire on a certain date. Why would someone go through the hassle of creating a prenup only to invalidate it in a few years?Read More

  • Can I use divorce mediation to resolve child custody issues?

    December 31, 2014

    In a divorce case, litigation may be needed to resolve disputes, particularly if the parties cannot communicate on important issues. But, when the split is amicable, Connecticut couples can use mediation to settle numerous divorce issues, including child custody. Divorce mediation is less expensive and quicker than going to court, plus it is easier on all involved.Read More

  • Dealing with child custody issues such as relocation

    December 24, 2014

    In an ideal world, there would be no issues after a divorce. Both parties would be able to successfully negotiate major issues and the parents would care for the children without any bitterness. However, sometimes life events happen for Connecticut parents, necessitating a move outside of the state. There is typically not much room for negotiation in this case, which is why the court must approve the move first.Read More

  • I plan to use divorce mediation. Do I still need a lawyer?

    December 18, 2014

    An increasing number of divorcing Connecticut couples are using mediation to negotiate important issues and settle disputes. The mediator - a neutral third party - helps the couple reach an agreement, but may not have a legal background. Therefore, if issues arise during the divorce mediation or if you have questions about how a certain decision will affect you in the long term, you may wish you had a lawyer present to look out for your best interests.Read More

  • Avoid child custody issues over the holidays with these tips

    December 10, 2014

    Christmas will be here in just a few short weeks, but for divorced Connecticut parents, the holidays are not always so jolly. The stress of child custody and deciding which parent gets the children on Christmas morning can put a damper on all the festivities. It's important, though, to think about what's best for the kids as they celebrate the magic of the holiday season. Here are some tips to avoid child custody issues and have a merry Christmas this year.Read More

  • How to prepare for divorce and the distribution of assets

    December 03, 2014

    Filing for divorce is a major event that married Connecticut couples should take seriously. A divorce affects a person dramatically in many ways, including emotionally and financially. It can impact not only the couple, but any children as well. If your marriage is suffering, you and your spouse may want to work hard to keep it together. If you have tried counseling and exhausted all other methods to repair your relationship - to no avail - then divorce may be in the cards. However, it can be a lengthy and complicated process, so it's important to be prepared.Read More

  • Can premarital agreements be revoked after marriage?

    November 26, 2014

    Nowadays, after the marriage proposal, many Connecticut couples turn their attention to drafting prenuptial agreements before planning the wedding. This is especially true if one party brings a lot more to the table than the other, so to speak. In the excitement of the engagement, the couple may be eager to sign the prenup without giving it much thought. Then, after the honeymoon is over, remorse sets in. One or both parties may think "What have I done? Can I revoke the prenuptial agreement?"Read More

  • How it's possible for one spouse to keep the house in a divorce

    November 19, 2014

    In a Seattle divorce, property division is often a huge issue. This is especially true when one spouse wants to keep the marital home. This can be complicated when both are listed on the title of the house. The most common solution is to refinance the home in one spouse's name, but this can be complicated when lenders require a debt-to-income ratio of under 43 percent. With proper planning, however, a divorcing party can make his or her dream of keeping the family home a reality post-divorce.Read More

  • Can divorce mediation finalize a divorce in one weekend?

    November 19, 2014

    Many Connecticut marriages end in divorce, a process that often lasts many months or even as long as several years. But does it have to be that way? What if a couple could divorce in one weekend? It's possible with divorce mediation - specifically, Divorce Hotel.Read More

  • Solving property division issues through various means

    November 05, 2014

    One of the most complicated parts of a divorce is splitting assets. Under Connecticut law, assets acquired during a marriage are subject to equitable distribution in a divorce. This can be challenging considering that many couples have intangible assets, such as retirement accounts, pensions and business assets. Although dividing these assets may seem daunting, it is possible with help from legal professionals.Read More

  • Don't let property division and other issues go to court

    October 29, 2014

    The divorce process doesn't have to be as expensive as many couples allow it to be. Many couples think they can get what they want through anger and spite. However, with negotiation and compromise couples can avoid a costly and emotional trial and settle property division and other divorce issues on their own terms.Read More

  • I'm considering divorce mediation. How does the process work?

    October 23, 2014

    Divorce mediation is a good option for Connecticut couples who want to negotiate various issues on their own terms without leaving the decisions up to the courts. The process is typically less stressful, less costly and quicker than going through litigation. Divorce mediation involves a mediator, who does not take sides. He or she acts as a neutral party and works to help the couple resolve issues. The mediator also answers questions and informs the couple of the law. Read on to learn more about how the process works.Read More

  • Is joint child custody better than sole custody in Connecticut?

    October 17, 2014

    Although a child is created by two parents, both do not always get the chance to raise their son or daughter. Although research shows that Connecticut children do better overall when both parents are involved in their child's life, the courts do these children and parents injustice by awarding sole custody 80 percent of the time. Children raised by single parents tend to have more behavioral problems than those who are raised jointly by both parents. Because of this, joint child custody should be considered in each case, especially when both parents are willing to be involved in their child's life.Read More

  • How to ensure prenuptial agreements are valid

    October 08, 2014

    In an effort to protect themselves, many Connecticut couples agree to sign a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot. Prenuptial agreements help with issues regarding marital property should the marriage end in divorce. Prenuptial agreements are legal documents and should be treated as such. Therefore, it's important to ensure that they are written up and executed legally or else they could be considered invalid.Read More

  • Creating the ideal parenting plan for child custody purposes

    October 03, 2014

    Divorce comes with many issues, and child custody is often a contentious one. For the most part, both parents want to continue to play a huge role in the lives of their children. However, this can be difficult when parents have busy work schedules. How can they continue to work to support themselves and still be able to spend quality time with their children? A parenting plan can help.Read More

  • Can I use Connecticut alternative dispute resolution in divorce?

    September 25, 2014

    Connecticut couples who have gone through the divorce process know that it is not easy. Between splitting assets and determining child custody, there is so much emotional stress involved. Most couples want to avoid the nasty courtroom battles they see on TV and instead resolve issues as quickly and easily as possible. This is possible with alternative dispute resolution.Read More

  • Property division and what to consider in a Connecticut divorce

    September 19, 2014

    Families are back from summer vacations, and the kids are back in school. September also marks a time when many Connecticut couples seek divorce. Divorce is very costly, though, much more expensive than getting married. It is not something that should be taken lightly, and if it is something that the couple definitely wants to go through with, then it takes a lot of financial planning. It also takes a lot of organization and document gathering, as the issue of property division will certainly arise.Read More

  • Resolving child support disputes effectively

    September 11, 2014

    Although there are many Connecticut parents who dutifully pay child support to the custodial parent every month without fail, there are also many who do everything possible to avoid the payments. They may have a low-paying job or no job at all. They may be men who deny they are the children's fathers and want nothing to do with them. Although there are penalties for those who fail to pay child support, the reality is that they do little to encourage parents to pay up. That is why it is in a custodial parent's best interest to attempt to work with the other parent to try to come up with a fair solution.Read More

  • When couples should consider prenuptial agreements

    September 04, 2014

    Most Connecticut couples marry, with the thought of a prenuptial agreement never crossing their mind. They may think that such an agreement is only for the rich and famous. They may also believe that a prenup is unromantic and therefore dooming their marriage before it even begins. These may be understandable excuses, but what happens when the happy couple divorces in two, five, 10 or even 20 or 30 years down the line? They'll likely engage in a bitter dispute over money and assets when they could have had everything settled well ahead of time.Read More

  • Which parent will get child custody in our divorce?

    August 28, 2014

    For Connecticut parents going through a divorce, child custody may be on their minds. Who will get custody of the kids? Will it be shared? What are a parents' rights? Not every case is the same, so there are no clear-cut answers to these questions. Parents may agree on a child custody arrangement themselves while, in other cases, the courts determine custody.Read More

  • Social media helps police find man owing $250K in child support

    August 21, 2014

    Child support is a financial burden that many Connecticut parents have to face. Most parents try their hardest to make the monthly payments, while others make no effort at all. They ignore the child support order altogether and may even flee the state to escape the system. However, many of these parents -mostly fathers - are eventually found. Authorities were able to track down a man who had moved to California after leaving behind his child in Wisconsin.Read More

  • How does divorce mediation work?

    August 13, 2014

    If you are looking to divorce then you may think that you have to battle it out in court. While litigation was once a prerequisite in order to end a marriage, this is no longer the case. A nasty courtroom battle only adds unnecessary emotional stress to an already heartbreaking situation. Nobody enters a marriage hoping it will end in divorce, but if it does, there is a more peaceful alternative for you: divorce mediation.Read More

  • Back to school time - avoid child custody issues with these tips

    August 07, 2014

    A new school year is almost here for many Connecticut children. Children face a variety of emotions as they meet new teachers, visit with old friends and learn new subjects. These feelings can be compounded if they recently experienced their parents' divorce. As they are shuttled back and forth between parents, they may feel overwhelmed with new routines. Parents may feel ill at ease as well as they try to coordinate schedules and determine what to do should issues arise during the school day. Fortunately, there are some ways to increase the chance of a smooth transition and reduce the possibility of child custody issues.Read More

  • Use prenuptial agreements for asset protection

    August 01, 2014

    Prenuptial agreements are becoming more commonly used among engaged couples, prompting Connecticut couples to wonder if one might be right for them. In the past, prenuptial agreements were most commonly used in cases where one party was significantly wealthier than the other. But now, with divorce rates fairly high and many women serving as breadwinners of the household, more and more couples are using prenups as asset protection. They are looking to protect their businesses, family heirlooms, future inheritances, bank accounts and other assets should their marriage end in divorce.Read More

  • Owe child support? Don't brag about income on social media

    July 23, 2014

    Many Connecticut residents use social media to post about every aspect of their lives, from what they have eaten for breakfast to the new car or house they have purchased. However, these minute-by-minute details are being viewed by not only friends and family members, but authorities as well. This is especially true in child support cases, in which parents will claim to not be able to afford monthly payments while bragging about their income on Facebook or Twitter.Read More

  • Researchers find link between social media and divorce

    July 16, 2014

    A few weeks ago we discussed whether social media clauses in prenuptial agreements can be beneficial. Now social media and marriage is back in the spotlight, and it may leave some Connecticut residents rethinking their computer usage.Read More

  • Man imprisoned after fleeing country to avoid child support

    July 10, 2014

    There are many divorced Connecticut parents who dutifully pay child support every month. Unfortunately, though, there are also many who fail to financially support their children. These parents put no effort toward making monthly payments. In fact, some go as far as leaving the country to avoid paying up. One man did this, and he now faces a federal prison sentence.Read More

  • Couples using premarital agreements to control social media use

    July 03, 2014

    Connecticut couples typically use prenuptial agreements for asset protection, but a growing number of engaged pairs are adding other clauses to their prenuptial agreements, also known as prenups and premarital agreements. While some are so shallow as to add conditions about one's appearance during the marriage, some premarital agreements are going as far as controlling a person's tweets and posts on social media sites. As such, the question arises: Is this a good idea?Read More

  • Divorce mediation increasingly used to settle disputes

    June 26, 2014

    When Connecticut couples divorce, it can be a stressful time, but, fortunately, there are options. They no longer have to spend tens of thousands of dollars battling their soon-to-be ex-spouse in court. Instead, they can choose divorce mediation and save money and time, while negotiating on the issues that are important to them. This is an especially favorable option, if the couple is ending the marriage on good terms.Read More

  • Halle Berry and ex reach child support agreement

    June 19, 2014

    Gone are the days when Connecticut fathers were primarily the ones paying child support after a divorce. Times have changed and now, in 40 percent of households with children, women are acting as the breadwinner. But it sometimes comes with a cost. This means that when the couple splits, it is becoming increasingly common for the woman to pay the man child support. This is what happened to actress Halle Berry. She was recently ordered to pay her ex-boyfriend - and father of their six-year-old daughter - $16,000 a month in child support.Read More

  • When wealth is in the picture, prenuptial agreements make sense

    June 11, 2014

    Just a few decades ago, most Connecticut couples would have never considered a prenuptial agreement before getting married. They were likely under the assumption that they were supposed to fully trust their future spouses, even if one had much more money than the other. Plus, it would be immature to love money more than a spouse. However, with many people - not just celebrities - losing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in a divorce, those with some degree of wealth are considering prenuptial agreements so that a possible divorce doesn't leave them homeless and penniless.Read More

  • Man faces penalties for not paying child support; child isn't his

    June 06, 2014

    Child support enforcement is a good idea for Connecticut parents who haven't been financially responsible for their children. But should a man have to pay support for a child that isn't even his own? That is the predicament someone has been facing even though he has DNA proof he is not the father.Read More

  • Using divorce mediation to create parenting plans

    May 29, 2014

    Divorce is hardly ever easy for Connecticut couples, especially when children are involved. Having to shuttle the kids back and forth between two residences is not the ideal situation for anyone, but many parents do it and make it work. In many cases, courts ask the parents to try divorce mediation first in order to establish a parenting plan that puts the child's best interests first. There may be some ways to make mediation work well for those involved.Read More

  • Child custody battle spurs Connecticut woman to kidnap kids

    May 21, 2014

    A Connecticut woman could face criminal charges after she took her three children out of state and failed to return them to their father on time. An Amber Alert was issued, but fortunately the mother and three boys - a 9-year-old and 7-year-old twins - were found with their mother in a Maine hotel room.Read More

  • Child custody drama for Sherri Shepherd and husband

    May 15, 2014

    Many Connecticut readers are aware of Sherri Shepherd and her role on the daily morning show "The View." While Shepherd may be known for her funny commentary, her current personal situation is no laughing matter. Her husband of three years is not only filing for separation, but he is also requesting alimony and full child custody of their unborn baby boy, due to be born this summer.Read More

  • Conscious Uncoupling

    May 07, 2014

    The recent separation of Gwenyth Paltrow and Chris Martin sparked many questions. But this celebrity announcement was unlike all others - instead of having us question "Who was to blame?" or "Was infidelity involved?", it had us pondering "What is 'Conscious Uncoupling'?" Even with our vast experience in the area of Family Law, we were as curious as everyone else.Read More

  • Easing stress of divorce with mediation and collaboration

    May 07, 2014

    Divorce is rarely easy for Connecticut couples, but it does not have to involve nasty and drawn-out courtroom battles. Many couples still believe that the only way to divorce is to hire lawyers, and have a judge decide their fate. However, mediation and collaboration are becoming more common. Still relatively new, these forms of alternative dispute resolution allow the couple themselves to negotiate, and come up with solutions that fit their needs.Read More

  • Prenuptial agreements: what they do and don't cover

    April 30, 2014

    When many Connecticut couples decide to get married, they may be concerned about what would happen to their assets should the marriage end in divorce. Although this may not be the most romantic thought, divorce is always a possibility. With the divorce rate hovering around 50 percent, it's a good idea to be prepared for the "what if" - especially for those who have a significant amount of money or assets.Read More

  • Important ways to handle the financial impact of divorce

    April 28, 2014

    While the divorce process, and the acrimony sometimes associated with it, may have a negative impact on Connecticut couples, remaining focused on the financial big picture and fairness can help minimize the negative impact.Read More

  • Child custody film premieres in CT to educate parents and others

    April 18, 2014

    A Connecticut attorney recently premiered his award-winning child custody short film for its premiere public screening. The two attorneys behind the film, one with filmmaking experience, are both former chairs of the Connecticut Bar Association's Family Law Section. The film, "Talk to Strangers," is based on the child custody experience through the eyes of two children navigating the process. The film also offers a guide for parents to follow along with in order to promote consensus building and avoid custody disputes.Read More

  • Potential child custody issues for grandparents

    April 11, 2014

    When many Connecticut residents think of child custody, they may picture two parents going through a divorce. But an increasing number of child custody issues involve grandparents who are raising their grandchildren - the children of their children. What is concerning is that in many of these cases, the grandparents do not have legal custody, which could result in issues down the road.Read More

  • Property division in a divorce: stock options

    April 03, 2014

    It can be hard enough for divorcing Connecticut couples to split up the more common assets, such as family vehicles, a house and cash. But add company stock and similar investments and the situation can get quite messy. By their nature, stocks can be difficult to divide in a divorce.Read More

  • Increased use of infidelity clauses in premarital agreements

    March 20, 2014

    When most Connecticut couples consider a prenuptial agreement, it's typically for asset protection. One party may have a significant amount of assets that he or she does not want to lose in a divorce. More and more couples are also looking to premarital agreements as a way to make their expectations known to the other party. This is done through the use of lifestyle clauses.Read More

  • Marc Anthony's ex-wife wants him to pay more child support

    March 14, 2014

    Many Connecticut parents may be in a situation of either receiving or making payments in an effort to support their children. A change in salary, disability of one of the parents or income of a new spouse are all scenarios which may meet requirements needed for child support modification.Read More

  • Divorcing parents need to discuss college payments

    March 03, 2014

    Although it would be a dream come true for many divorcing individuals that they never have to communicate with their ex again, for those with kids, that just isn’t reality. Whether the child is still learning to walk or already in school, there will be plenty of things to discuss throughout the child’s lifetime. Parents may think these discussions end when a child becomes an adult, but in many cases it does not. For example, college can be a big sore spot for divorced parents in terms of finances.Read More

  • Less aggressive divorce strategies can be used by business owners

    February 28, 2014

    For some people in Westport, divorce means extremely bitter emotions, frustration and no hope of salvaging a cordial relationship. For others, however, the end of a marriage need not be so acrimonious, especially if a couple owns a business together. For these couples, if the work relationship still works, it may be wise to go through divorce mediation instead of heading to court.Read More

  • Certain property division advice is tax deductible

    February 16, 2014

    When it comes to tax season, very few in Connecticut relish the thought of sitting down and preparing their return. For those who have gone through a recent divorce, tax season may be even less appealing than usual. The first post-divorce tax return can be a challenge, as the financial landscape of both spouses has shifted since the previous tax season. The good news is that there are a few divorce items that are deductible, including some related to property division.Read More

  • Father avoids paying child support by depositing checks himself

    February 13, 2014

    It is no surprise that most divorcing parents in Wilton disagree about most things. They likely disagree on whose fault it is that the marriage is over, about who should have primary physical custody of the children, about exactly which days which parent should get, about spousal support and a host of other issues. Another common sore spot for divorcing parents in Connecticut and across the country is child support.Read More

  • Connecticut task force looks at the complexities of child custody

    February 05, 2014

    Late last month, the Task Force to Study Legal Disputes Involving the Care and Custody of Minor Children met to create recommendations on how to modify the child custody system in Connecticut. After opening the task force up to a public hearing, the members of the panel voted on which recommendations to send to lawmakers. One of the proposals that did not make the final cut, however, was one that would create a legal presumption that parents should receive equal or nearly equal parenting time with their children. The current legal presumption is that joint custody is in the best interests of a child if the parents can agree on joint custody.Read More

  • Japan to start enforcing the Hague Convention

    January 29, 2014

    Anyone in Bridgeport who follows family law in the news knows that Japan has earned a bad reputation among American fathers and mothers who were formerly married to Japanese spouses. For years, the United States and numerous European countries have pushed the Japanese government to sign The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a treaty that forces governments to respect other countries' parenting plans and tries to resolve international child custody disputes. Finally, the Japanese government has agreed and will start enforcing the treaty on April 1.Read More

  • Pet custody cases increasing during divorce

    January 24, 2014

    Many couples getting divorced in the United States have to deal with dividing property and assets during their divorce negotiations. Couples who have children also have to discuss child custody arrangements and figure out a way to successfully co-parent with their ex.Read More

  • Child custody case centers on swearing toddler video

    January 22, 2014

    Connecticut readers may have seen a recent video that has caused quite a stir on the Internet and in print media. The footage features a two-year-old child hurling curse words and racial slurs back and forth with adults who are just off-camera. The video went viral after a police officer's union placed the clip on their webpage, stating that the disturbing content was indicative of the area's problems with violence and gang activity. Soon after, state officials took the toddler into protective custody, which has sparked a great deal of debate over the rights of parents and the role of the state in determining child custody.Read More

  • Pre- and postnuptial agreements are good for marriage

    January 09, 2014

    While they certainly aren't romantic, pre- and postnuptial agreements are very important tools for a healthy marriage. Will all marriages with agreements thrive? No, they won't. Will all marriages without agreements fail? No, but these kinds of agreements can certainly help couples better discuss money, their relationships and, in the case of divorce, how to divide property.Read More

  • Rapper DMX settles $1 million child support case

    January 02, 2014

    Many Connecticut parents have dealt with child support issues. We would think that celebrities wouldn't have to battle over these kinds of issues. Many are worth millions of dollars, and it's easy to think that they should have the money to pay child support for their children, right? Many celebrities have been embroiled in child support battles, and rapper DMX is one of them. He has finally settled a $1 million case stemming from 10 years of nonpayment.Read More

  • Holiday child custody issues require parents to work together

    December 27, 2013

    Parents who go through a divorce have to figure out how to handle parenting the children once the split is final. Although a court can order child custody arrangements for the children, other aspects are often left to the parents. Connecticut parents might be interested in learning how the holidays can add extra stress on children with divorced parents.Read More

  • 7,000 American children abducted by parents, taken out of country

    December 19, 2013

    Many of us in Greenwich remember the story of a father whose son was taken to Brazil by his ex-wife where she eventually died in 2008. Instead of returning his son to him, the boy's grandparents filed for custody in Brazilian courts, making this story of parental abduction even more heart-breaking. Fortunatley, after intense pressure by the United States, including the threat of blocking a Brazil-friendly trade bill, the boy was returned to his father.Read More

  • How long is too long for a child custody case?

    December 11, 2013

    Many of us in Westport recognize that divorce is not a simple process. Rarely are spouses in such good standing with each other that they can easily agree about the divorce, a settlement, and child custody and support. More often than not, parents and their lawyers will work to create a parenting plan that specifically spells out custody and support issues. Many parents may also find themselves in court, trying to come up with a fair agreement.Read More

  • Child custody issues keep coming for Charlie Sheen

    December 04, 2013

    In most Connecticut divorces, child custody typically goes to one parent or the other. But what happens when neither parent is fit to care for the children due to drugs, behavior issues or other problems? In actor Charlie Sheen's case, another ex-wife graciously stepped up to care for his kids. Now he is claiming that someone abused the children while under her care.Read More

  • Divorce mediation has gone to the dogs

    November 27, 2013

    When Connecticut couples divorce, they often fight over material possessions such as houses, money, cars, collections and other high-ticket items. Many overlook one of the most prized possession of all: the family pet. It can leave us with emptiness when a beloved dog, cat or other animal disappears from our lives. The legal field understands that many of us consider our pets to be like our children, and that's how pet mediation was born.Read More

  • How to avoid spousal support? Get a prenup!

    November 20, 2013

    Divorce in Connecticut has changed quite a bit in the last 100 plus years. At one time, a couple could only divorce if there was cause, meaning that couples who were faithful but were just unhappy could not end their marriages. Divorce also used to be devastating to a social reputation and many people would forgo divorce because of the shame associated with it. Finally, divorce also used to be solely accessible to heterosexual couples.Read More

  • Care may be necessary when one parent has foreign citizenship

    November 14, 2013

    One of the great things about the United States is that it attracts a wide-range of people. There are people form all over the world living in Connecticut, many of whom end up marrying American-born citizens. Some of these marriages last, but others end in divorce. For the most part, these divorces are treated just like divorces between American citizens, but when children are involved, special care may be needed.Read More

  • Why are people becoming more acceptable of prenups?

    November 08, 2013

    In the past three years, the number of prenuptial agreements has been on the rise. It is not just the wealthy who are getting them. In the past, it was considered a delicate subject to talk about a prenuptial before getting married. It just seemed like bad timing to talk about what happens in the event a couple divorces when they are claiming their undying "forever" love to one another.Read More

  • Experts can help in divorce decisions

    November 01, 2013

    Whether you are using divorce mediation or having a court decide your case in Connecticut, you might benefit from calling in some experts for advice or testimony. Decisions that are made regarding child custody and visitation, child support or alimony, and property and asset division are going to have a major impact on you and your children's life. They need to be carefully considered.Read More

  • Divorce mediation keeps you in control

    October 25, 2013

    If you go through a court hearing for your divorce, do you realize that you are putting major decisions in your life in the hands of a judge? That is not to say that judges are not fair in most situations. Like all people, however, they may not see fairness the same way you do. Mediation in Connecticut is an alternative if you can find a way to get along with your soon-to-be ex-spouse or partner, at least long enough to negotiate your divorce agreement.Read More

  • Premarital agreements can provide security

    October 16, 2013

    Having a premarital or prenuptial agreement before getting married might be looked upon by some as a lack of trust or even selfishness between partners. However, it can be quite the opposite. It can show that the partners trust each other enough to thoroughly discuss their finances with each other, and it also clearly shows that their marriage is not based on any assets that they might be gaining by the relationship.Read More

  • After the kids go the marriage follows

    October 11, 2013

    Now that the kids are gone, it seems like more parents than ever are looking at their marriage and saying, "There's nothing here for me anymore." Over the past two decades, the number of gray divorces has risen substantially, and Connecticut is no exception. Can you prevent this from happening to your marriage?Read More

  • Helping your kids through divorce

    October 04, 2013

    Going through a Connecticut divorce is not easy for parents or children. In fact, experts say there are a few critical steps to making sure that your children understand and accept divorce provisions, such as custody and visitation. Even though it may seem impossible, it is important for parents to put aside some of their emotional issues to help their children through this difficult transition.Read More

  • Consider mediation over contentious divorce

    September 27, 2013

    Connecticut residents who are going through divorce may feel dissatisfied with the process. Traditional divorce can involve a high level of conflict, which can cause additional stress during an already challenging time. Instead of feeling confined to a traditional courtroom divorce, though, those going through the process can consider seeking alternative dispute resolution. This could involve a collaborative approach in which attorneys act as mediators instead of adversaries.Read More

  • Risks of cohabitating as a single parent

    September 20, 2013

    When it comes to making child custody decisions as a single parent, you may begin to face additional obstacles after the initial agreement is drafted. Life changes in your Connecticut home may alter the way you handle visitation. One of the biggest life events is the day you decide to move in with another partner. This can be especially challenging if you are simply cohabitating with that individual instead of getting married. Although there has been a lot of research done about childless individuals in cohabitation settings, little is known about single parents. Experts provide a fundamental primer for single parents who choose to cohabitate; doing so is far different as a parent than as a childless individual.Read More

  • Divorce case drags on for a decade

    September 13, 2013

    A decade-long property division and child custody case in Connecticut shows no signs of conclusion, despite the fortune that has been spent on attorneys' fees. The couple, consisting of a former investment banker and his ex-wife, is still entangled in child custody and visitation disputes, with an increasing number of court dates further confounding the issue. Bitterness from both parties has driven even the judge in the case to his wit's end.Read More

  • International custody battle rages after girl abducted

    September 06, 2013

    A 3-year-old Connecticut girl has been abducted in the latest development in an international child custody dispute. The girl's father, a wealthy businessman with connections throughout the world, is said to have made off with her even as his four other children looked on. Official reports show that the girl was nabbed on Aug. 23 from the home her mother had been renting in Greenwich.Read More

  • Odom facing big payment in impending divorce

    August 30, 2013

    Even though Khloe Kardashian's mother insists that her daughter's marriage to NBA player Lamar Odom is stable, new reports released earlier in August indicate that the younger woman, age 29, is contemplating filing for divorce. News reports indicate that Kardashian is furious after two women went public with their stories of affairs with Odom, who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. This may be just the beginning of the discomfort for Odom, who will be held to task thanks to provisions prohibiting infidelity in the couple's prenuptial agreement.Read More

  • Divorce guilt could harm your finances

    August 23, 2013

    If you are a Connecticut resident going through divorce, you may feel a fair amount of guilt. This is especially true if you were the spouse who left the marriage, or if you feel at fault for the breakup. Experts in the field say this feeling of guilt could be detrimental to your financial future, however, if you allow that emotion to get in the way of fair property division.Read More

  • Usher retains custody of 2 children

    August 16, 2013

    Legal experts in Connecticut know that child custody arrangements are sometimes subject to change. Whether one parent's living situation has changed, or a parent is accused of negligent parenting, the agreements can be considered living documents that can be modified. Singer and entertainer Usher has been working through challenges to his existing child custody agreement after his ex-wife questioned his ability to care for his two children. An Aug. 9 decision in a Georgia court dismissed the woman's claims, however, confirming that Usher should retain primary custody.Read More

  • Study: home renovations may lead to divorce

    August 07, 2013

    Sharing a home with your spouse can lead to many different arguments, especially when homeowners are starting to renovate or remodel their home. While it can be difficult to agree on the renovation budget and style choices, are couples who renovate their homes more likely to get divorced?Read More

  • Is divorce mediation right for you?

    July 29, 2013

    Divorce often creates tension and frustration between spouses, especially when it comes to negotiating the divorce settlement. All couples getting divorced face challenges when deciding how to divide the marital assets and property but there is one way to reduce the stress associated with the divorce process that many couples fail to consider.Read More

  • More women getting divorced in the US

    July 23, 2013

    Divorce has become more acceptable in society and that has led to more women getting divorced, according to a new study by Bowling Green State University's National Center for Marriage and Family Research.Read More

  • Arguments over money linked to higher rate of divorce

    July 16, 2013

    The divorce rate has remained steady in the U.S. over the last few years, leaving many to wonder why couples are getting divorced. While there are several reasons couples decide to get divorced, a new study reports that financial arguments is one of the main reasons cited in divorce cases.Read More

  • Baby boomers and gray divorce: steps to take after the divorce

    July 09, 2013

    The divorce rate among baby boomers has steadily increased during the last decade. The increase in baby boomers getting divorced, commonly referred to as "gray divorce," has created unique challenges for older couples going through divorce in Connecticut and throughout the U.S.Read More

  • How will divorce affect the family-owned business?

    July 05, 2013

    Getting divorced can be complicated enough but when you add a family business to the picture, there are many other factors that should be considered during the divorce process. Individuals who own their own business and are getting divorced need to be aware of what steps to take to protect themselves and their business.Read More

  • Tax considerations of asset division in divorce

    June 23, 2013

    You're likely well aware that one of the most important aspects of a divorce case is the division of marital assets. You also probably have some idea of what you want, and what you could live without, in terms of your own marital property. But have you taken into account the true monetary value of your property when factoring in tax liability?Read More

  • Understand the basics of asset division in Connecticut

    June 18, 2013

    Getting a divorce can create several challenges. One of the most complex issues for many spouses going through divorce is understanding how assets will be divided. Married couples who have significant assets like a house, retirement plans, stock accounts or have their own business often face unique challenges when trying to divide assets.Read More

  • How the housing market affects the divorce rate in Connecticut

    June 12, 2013

    During the recession, married couples were more likely to stay together due to the lack of job security and inability to sell their house. Now that the housing market and economy is improving, more couples are filing for divorce in Connecticut and across the country.Read More