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Fairfield County Divorce & Family Law Blog

Modification of Alimony Post-Judgment in Connecticut

Fairfield County Family Courts have a significant number of post-judgment cases, many of them involving the modification of alimony after a divorce. Modification of alimony post-judgment is a common issue that arises for people living in towns like Greenwich and Fairfield, as changes in income or other circumstances lead both alimony payors and alimony recipients to seek relief from the Court with respect to alimony payments.

The Greenwich Divorce

I am often asked if there are different rules that apply to someone who is getting divorced in Greenwich, Connecticut, or any of the neighboring towns. I have even been asked by a high net worth and sophisticated client, whether you need a specific qualification to be a Greenwich divorce attorney. The simple answer to both questions is no. Whether you live in Greenwich, Hartford, Westport, or any other town in Connecticut, the laws governing divorce are the same and an attorney licensed in Connecticut can represent you.

Postnuptial Agreements in CT - Part II: Is my Postnuptial Agreement Enforceable?

As discussed in Part I of the Postnuptial Agreement series, many clients come to our office from various towns in Connecticut, including Greenwich and Westport wondering whether a Postnuptial Agreement is a good legal option available to them. Once a client decides that a Postnuptial Agreement is appropriate, the next step is ensuring that a court will enforce it. When courts analyze the enforceability of a Postnuptial Agreement, they apply a higher standard of scrutiny than they do in assessing other types of contracts. This is because unlike many other contracts, upon entrance into a Postnuptial Agreement, husbands and wives share a special fiduciary relationship, and typically trust one another. Bedrick v. Bedrick, 300 Conn. 691 at 698 (2011) at 702. As a result, the parties often proceed less prudently than they would when entering into other types of agreements.

What does "Custody" Mean in a Connecticut Divorce Case?

The "custody" word sometimes sends shivers down the spine of divorce litigants. However, this term is often misunderstood and can unnecessarily result in a high conflict divorce. Divorce lawyers in Greenwich and Westport often are asked: "What does 'custody' mean?" First, in the context of divorce, there are two parts to custody: legal and physical.

The Discovery Process

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.

Can I get divorced in Connecticut?

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.

How Life Insurance is treated in Divorce Cases in Connecticut

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.

Why Parties need Review Counsel during Mediation

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.