Have you ever wondered how exactly your spouse is paid, or what his or her sole credit card or bank statements would show if you had the chance to view them? The discovery process in a dissolution proceeding has the ability to bring light to many of these common questions. The discovery process begins shortly after the return date has occurred and generally involves gathering documents and information. Discovery in family law cases can take many forms depending on the complexity of the case and the type of case. A majority of divorcing families in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, and Westport have a number of assets and liabilities. By engaging in the discovery process, each party can be provided with full transparency regarding the assets and liabilities that make up the marital estate.
Our office frequently receives inquiries from potential clients who, because of their particular set of circumstances, are uncertain as to whether Connecticut is the appropriate jurisdiction to handle their divorce from a spouse. Sometimes the person lives in a different state and is physically separated from a spouse who continues to reside, or now resides, in Connecticut. In other situations, the spouses in question were married in Connecticut but have never resided in this state or, alternatively, were married in another state (or perhaps even abroad) and moved to Connecticut only recently. Another common scenario that leads to jurisdictional questions from clients is where parties maintain multiple residences. For example, many of our Fairfield County based clients maintain second residences in Manhattan and we also meet or speak with many clients who live out of state but maintain second homes in towns like Greenwich or Westport.
Life insurance coverage is an important topic that must be addressed in the majority of divorce cases in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Experienced divorce practitioners are aware that life insurance coverage can present issues during and after a divorce case and are vigilant about ensuring that their clients are protected with respect to these issues.
Mediation is a process whereby parties who are looking to resolve their divorce or post judgment issues meet with a neutral third party (the Mediator) in an effort to settle the case. The parties' agreement is then memorialized by the Mediator.
A Connecticut divorce attorney is often asked "What are the most important dates in a divorce case? Is it the date I file for divorce, the return date, the case management date, the uncontested date- what does it all mean?" This article is a general guide to understanding what some of the more important dates that someone getting divorced in Connecticut should know. Whether you are getting divorced and live in Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Greenwich, Stamford, Fairfield or Hartford, these dates all have the same meaning.
If you are contemplating divorce or have been served with divorce papers, this is one of the first questions to cross your mind. Unless you've been divorced before, it's unlikely you have had any real experience with a lawyer who concentrates in that area of the law. So where to get started?
Many clients come into our office from the towns of Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Stamford, and Westport, wondering whether they should enter into a Postnuptial Agreement. In general terms, a Postnuptial Agreement is a contract between a husband and wife entered into after their wedding ceremony, anywhere from weeks to years later. Postnuptial Agreements are often created in the interest of preserving the marriage, and encouraging the private resolution of family issues. Historically, the state of Connecticut disfavored divorces, and found postnuptial agreements akin to divorce and contrary to public policy. In 2011, the state's position shifted and in Bedrick v. Bedrick, the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld the enforceability of Postnuptial Agreements finding them consistent with public policy. As part of the Connecticut Supreme Court's decision, the Court acknowledged that Postnuptial Agreements help privately resolve marital conflicts, protect third party interests, and address the parties' financial concerns.
As discussed in Part I and II of this series, child support in Connecticut is determined by the Child Support Guidelines and numerous statutory factors. In the Connecticut court system there is a presumption that the amount of child support as calculated by the guidelines is the correct amount to be ordered by the court. However, in some cases, either an upward or downward deviation from the guidelines may be necessary or appropriate for certain families, including those who live in the towns of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and Westport.
"Who will have to pay for our children's college expenses?" is one of the most frequent questions posed to divorce lawyers in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and Westport. Given that divorce is often a time of great financial uncertainty and anxiety for divorcing spouses, it is certainly understandable that many of our clients are concerned about whether, and to what extent, each parent will be obligated to contribute to their children's college expenses.