Family Law Blog

THE SECRET TO GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MEDIATED DIVORCE

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy. What is mediation? Mediation is a process where you and your spouse jointly …

A Secret from a Seasoned Divorce Attorney…

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland. What Might I Not Learn from my Friends About Divorce? The dirty little …

What is Short Calendar?

This Week’s Blog by Nicole M. DiGiose. What is the Short Calendar? The Short Calendar is a mechanism for pending …

What are the Top Five Mistakes to Avoid in a Connecticut Divorce?

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht What are the Top Five Mistakes to Avoid in a Connecticut Divorce? The …

Three Critical Issues to Address in a Prenuptial Agreement

A prenuptial agreement is a written contract entered into by two people before they are married.

What is the Middletown Regional Family Trial Docket?

This Week’s Blog by Chris DeMattie The Connecticut Judicial Branch created a special docket in the Middlesex Judicial District to handle …

Can I Appeal My Connecticut Family Law Case?

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray The Judge Issued a Decision in My Connecticut Family Law Case: Can I …

How are Retirement Accounts Divided in a Connecticut Divorce?

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy Retirement accounts are considered marital assets in Connecticut, and unless there is a …

Top 10 Songs About Divorce

This Week’s Blog by Eric J. Broder In a recent “water-cooler” office conversation, my office was discussing a number of …

Mediation in Divorce Cases

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland What is Mediation in the Context of Divorce? Mediation can be a helpful …

Issues Related to the Marital Residence During a Divorce

This Week’s Blog by Nicole M. DiGiose Can I Change the Locks of the Marital Residence When I Start a …

How are Social Security Benefits Treated in a Connecticut Divorce Case?

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht Social Security benefits are not considered a marital asset and are therefore not …

Imputing Income for Child Support Purposes

This Week’s Blog by Andy M. Eliot How is Child Support Generally Determined in Connecticut? In Connecticut, the amount of …

How to Catch a Cheater

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie As technology rapidly advances, more and more of our daily activities are uploaded …

What Should I Expect at my Initial Divorce Consultation in Connecticut?

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray What is the Purpose of the Initial Divorce Consultation? After having made the …

Living Arrangements During a Divorce: Who Stays in the House?

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy Connecticut law protects each party’s right to live in the martial home during …

Can I Date While Going Through My Divorce?

This Week’s Blog by Eric J. Broder Is a Person Allowed to Date While Going through a Divorce? Yes. There …

The Financial Cost of Divorce

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland What will my Divorce Cost? The short answer is that it is hard …

What is an Educational Support Order?

This Week’s Blog by Nicole M. DiGiose Does the Court have the Authority to Order a Party to Contribute to …

Should I Hire a Private Investigator for my Connecticut Divorce?

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht Private investigation of issues in a high conflict divorce can be extremely helpful …

Common Law Marriage and Cohabitation Agreements in Connecticut

This Week’s Blog by Andy M. Eliot Is Common Law Marriage Recognized in Connecticut? No.  It is a common misconception …

Grounds for Divorce in Connecticut

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie What are the Grounds for Divorce in Connecticut? To commence a divorce action …

How is Life Insurance Treated in a Connecticut Divorce Case?

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray Can I Obtain Information Regarding My Spouse’s Life Insurance Coverage during a Connecticut …

Common Questions About Divorce in Connecticut

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy Let’s face it – everyone knows someone who is divorced or going through …

Divorce in Connecticut: The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)

This Week’s Blog by Eric J. Broder What is a Guardian Ad Litem in a Connecticut Divorce Case? In the …

Second Opinions in Connecticut Divorce Cases

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland Is it Appropriate to Get a Second Opinion in my Divorce Case?  Divorce …

How Do I Commence an Action for Divorce in Connecticut?

This Week’s Blog by Nicole M. DiGiose What Documents Must be Prepared and Served Upon my Spouse in order to …

Can I Get Exclusive Use of the Marital Residence During My Connecticut Divorce?

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht Yes.  Connecticut courts have the authority to award exclusive use and occupancy of …

Depositions in a Connecticut Divorce Case

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie What is a Deposition?  A Deposition is when you, your spouse, or a …

What is Legal Separation in Connecticut?

This Week’s blog by Lauren M. Healy What is Legal Separation?  Legal Separation is a lawsuit that is commenced by …

What Do I Need to Know about Connecticut Prenuptial Agreements?

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray How Do I know if a Prenuptial Agreement is Right for Me? In …

Common Questions about Alimony in Connecticut

This Week’s Blog by Eric J. Broder Is Alimony Mandatory in Connecticut? There is no requirement that alimony must be …

Children and Custody Disputes: Do My Child’s Wishes Matter?

This Week’s Blog by Andrew M. Eliot Must a Judge Consider My Child’s Wishes in a Custody Dispute? No.  It …

What is a Discovery Special Master (DSM)?

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland The Court may appoint a DSM in your divorce case to resolve discovery …

What is Arbitration and is it Right for Me?

This Week’s Blog by Nicole M. DiGiose What is Arbitration? Arbitration is an alternative means to resolve disputes out of …

The Best Way to Prepare for Divorce? Get Organized!

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht Ask any top divorce attorney in Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Westport and beyond, …

Rebuttal Experts in a Connecticut Divorce

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie What Is A Rebuttal Expert? Generally, in a Connecticut divorce matter, a rebuttal …

How Do I Take a Deposition of an Out-of-State Witness in my Connecticut Divorce Case?

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray A deposition of an out-of-state witness usually requires an Order from the Court …

Emancipation Laws in Connecticut

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy What is Emancipation? Connecticut law provides a process for a child who has …

Filing for Divorce in Connecticut

This Week’s Blog by Eric J. Broder Who is the Plaintiff in a Divorce Action? In a divorce, the Plaintiff …

How Do I Move My Divorce Case Along?

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland Delays may be caused by the Court system. Opposing counsel may not work …

What is a Pretrial Conference and How Do I Prepare for One?

This Week’s Blog by Nicole M. DiGiose In contested divorce proceedings, a Court will typically assign a case for a …

What is the Parenting Education Program?

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht It is a mandatory course for any parent going through divorce with minor …

Reopening Divorce Judgments on the Basis of Fraud

This Week’s Blog by Andrew M. Eliot A divorce judgment may be “reopened” on the basis of fraud, and potentially …

The Connecticut Divorce: What is Family Relations?

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie Family Relations offers a wide variety of services to help resolve parenting, custody, …

Is it Legal to Record Conversations in Connecticut?

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy There is a difference between recording in-person conversations and recording phone conversations. Clients …

What Can I Do to Make My Connecticut Divorce Case Move More Quickly?

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray Provide requested information and documents promptly To the extent possible, make or respond …

Do My Child’s Wishes Matter in a Custody Dispute?

This Week’s Blog by Andrew M. Eliot In adjudicating custody and parenting time disputes, Courts are required to give consideration …

Should I Attempt To Negotiate the Terms of My Divorce On My Own With My Spouse While I Am Represented by Counsel?

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland During you divorce, conversations with your spouse may be contentious and uncomfortable. If …

The Evolution of Cohabitation

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht Although the term “cohabitation” is not statutorily defined or even mentioned in the …

How Does My Motion Get Heard by a Judge?

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie The short calendar is a date when motions are scheduled to be heard. …

What is the Significance of the Case Management Agreement in a Connecticut Divorce?

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray The Case Management Agreement is a document that must be filed in every …

Is My Connecticut Divorce Case Public?

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy Except in very limited circumstances, Connecticut divorce cases are public. The pleadings and …

What is Child Custody in a Connecticut Divorce Case?

This Week’s Blog by Eric J. Broder The term “child custody” can be broken down into two separate definitions, legal …

What Will My Divorce Cost?

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland The complexity of your case is a cost factor but the size of …

What is Parental Alienation?

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht “Parental alienation is the process, and the result, of psychological manipulation of a …

Annulment vs. Divorce

This Week’s Blog by Andrew M. Eliot Annulment is a frequently misunderstood legal concept. In contrast to a divorce, which …

Alcohol Testing

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie The Court has the authority to order a parent to submit to alcohol …

Common Myths With Respect to Child Support In Connecticut

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray Myth #1: There is no child support awarded in cases where parenting time …

Are Communications With My Therapist or Marriage Counselor Admissible in Court?

There are statutes in Connecticut that protect communications between individuals and certain treatment providers

The Connecticut Divorce and Children With Special Needs

This Week’s Blog by Eric J. Broder In Connecticut, the divorce rate is higher for marriages involving children with special …

Post-Divorce Housekeeping

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland Post-divorce housekeeping items require your immediate attention Attend to provisions relating to your …

How Does My Divorce Impact My Last Will and Testament?

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht A divorce has the legal effect of invalidating a Will in its entirety …

Waiver of Estate Rights in a Prenuptial Agreement

This Week’s Blog by Andrew M. Eliot In most jurisdictions, including Connecticut, absent a written agreement to the contrary, your …

Fault versus Cause of the Breakdown of Marriage Factor

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie Since 1973 Connecticut has been a “No-Fault” divorce state. Despite being a “No-Fault” …

Can You Enforce A Foreign Divorce Judgment in Connecticut?

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy Divorce Attorneys in Connecticut may be asked to enforce a “foreign divorce.” In …

Common Myths With Respect to Alimony in Connecticut

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray Myth #1: Alimony is awarded for half the length of the marriage Myth …

Should I Depose My Spouse in Our Divorce Action?

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland In all divorces cases in Connecticut a party has the right to depose …

Connecticut Divorce Decisions: Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, & Abuse*

This Week’s Blog by Eric J. Broder In a recent Connecticut divorce decision a judge wrote: [The husband] sometimes gave …

How Do I Stop or Slow Down My Divorce?

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht There are instances where one spouse decides to file for divorce while the …

Will Cheating Impact My Divorce?

This Week’s Blog by Andy M. Eliot Connecticut is a “no-fault” divorce state; in order to obtain a divorce, one …

Do I Have to Go to Court?

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie Public Act 17-47 excuses parties from having to go to Court to have …

You Lost Your Job-What Happens to Your Alimony Obligation?

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray Connecticut General Statutes Section 46b-86(a) allows for modification of alimony under certain circumstances …

What are “Automatic Orders” in a Connecticut Divorce Case?

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy The Purpose of the “Automatic Orders” is to maintain the status quo with …

How Does the New Tax Law Impact Alimony in Connecticut Divorce Cases?

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland The new tax law signed on 12/22/17 eliminates the alimony deduction for divorces …

The Basics of Bird Nesting

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland On occasion, clients who consult with divorce lawyers in Greenwich, Westport and other …

Spying on Your Spouse

This Week’s Blog by Jaime S. Dursht In a high conflict divorce, spouses are often tempted to spy on each …

Child Support & Children’s Expenses

This Week’s Blog by Amanda K. Rieben Many clients come to our office from towns in Fairfield County wondering which …

How Will My Divorce Impact My Taxes? PART I

This Week’s Blog by Amanda E. Ell A divorce proceeding will impact your life in countless ways. Typically, when negotiating …

Imputing Income for Child Support Purposes

This Week’s Blog by Andrew M. Eliot In Connecticut, the amount of a non-custodial parent’s child support obligation to a …

Am I Entitled to be Compensated for Assets Dissipated by my Spouse?

This Week’s Blog by Christopher J. DeMattie When a divorce action is instituted in Connecticut, whether you reside in Greenwich, …

Prenuptial Agreements in Connecticut: Financial Disclosure

This Week’s Blog by Sarah E. Murray At Broder & Orland LLC, we tell any person who seeks our advice …

Should I Waive My Right to Alimony?

This Week’s Blog by Lauren M. Healy When you are divorced in Connecticut, the Court may make an award of …

Dan v. Dan: Modification of Alimony in Connecticut Divorce Cases

This Week’s Blog by Eric J. Broder The following is a discussion and summary of a seminal case when dealing …

Do I Need a Forensic Financial Expert in My Divorce?

In divorce cases at Broder & Orland LLC, we often add a forensic expert to our team. This is particularly …

Alimony in a Divorce Action: What Factors Does a Court Consider in Entering an Order During the Pendency of an Action and as a Final Order?

Many clients come into our office from the towns of Fairfield County wondering whether they will be obligated to pay …

Substance Abuse and Parenting During a Divorce

Substance abuse can create issues for many families and can play a significant role in a large number of divorce …

Unallocated Alimony and Child Support

Any parent contemplating divorce understandably wishes to know whether and to what extent he or she will be entitled to …

What State Has Jurisdiction over Custody of My Children? Part II

The previous post in this series discussed the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”) and this post will continue …

Appeals in Connecticut Family Law Cases

Every Connecticut litigant has the right to appeal a final judgment entered by a trial court.  In divorce cases, these …

What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem, often referred to as “GAL,” is an individual appointed by the Court to ensure that the …

What happens at an Uncontested Divorce Hearing in Connecticut?

When the parties reach a settlement agreement in a Connecticut divorce case, they are required (except in a few rare …

Considerations in high income/high net worth divorces

All divorces are not created equal. Although the laws are universal, facts and circumstances in high income/ high net worth …

Modifying an Existing Custody Order during and/or after a Divorce Proceeding

Once the court enters an order of custody, a parent always has the legal right to return to court to …

Post Judgement – Motions for Contempt

During your divorce proceeding, you and your attorney will work diligently to ensure that your final Separation Agreement is as …

Waive 90: The Elimination of Connecticut’s Mandatory Waiting Period to Divorce

A common inquiry that divorce lawyers in towns such as Greenwich and Westport receive from potential clients is, “How soon …

What state has jurisdiction over Custody of my Children?

Due in part to the transient nature of modern society, Congress enacted legislation governing interstate custody disputes.  The two major …

Getting Divorced in Connecticut when there is a closely-held business

Many divorce cases in Fairfield County involve parties who own and operate their own businesses, including law or medical practices, small businesses, and family businesses.  Parties living in Westport and Greenwich often want to know what will happen to the business in the event of divorce: Will the non-participating spouse get an ownership interest in the business?  Will the business have to be sold? 

What to expect at trial

Most cases are settled before they reach a final trial, and for good reason. Trials are emotional, unpredictable and costly. …

Under Connecticut Divorce Law, Can you modify an Alimony Order that has already been modified?

This exact issue was a subject of a well-known case entitled Borkowski v. Borkowski, 228 Conn. 729 (1994). Recently, I …

Does it matter who files first for divorce?

Divorce lawyers in towns such as Darien and New Canaan are often asked, “Does it matter who files first for …

Inheritances, and the marital estate, are your inheritances subject to equitable distribution?

Many clients come into our office from the towns of Fairfield County with family money they inherited during the marriage, …

What is a financial affidavit?

One of the most important documents during a dissolution proceeding is a Financial Affidavit. A Financial Affidavit is a sworn …

Does Connecticut Recognize “Separate Property?”

One of the most common inquiries that we receive from potential clients in Greenwich, Westport and other towns throughout Fairfield …

Shared Physical Custody, Split Custody & Child Support

In our practice at Broder & Orland, LLC, we are often asked the following questions: If my spouse and I …

Modification of Alimony Post-Judgment in Connecticut

By: Sarah E. Murray Fairfield County Family Courts have a significant number of post-judgment cases, many of them involving the …

Part 1 – Financial Motions During the Pendency of a Divorce Action

A variety of factors can impact the length of a divorce case in Connecticut, such as the complexity of issues, …

The Greenwich Divorce

I am often asked if there are different rules that apply to someone who is getting divorced in Greenwich, Connecticut, …

Postnuptial Agreements in Connecticut Part II: Is my Postnuptial Agreement Enforceable?

As discussed in Part I of this series, many clients come to our office from various towns in Connecticut, including …

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.

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.

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.

WHAT DIVORCE PROCESS IS RIGHT FOR ME? PART IV – ADR

The most popular models of ADR utilized in family law matters for individuals living in Greenwich or Westport are ADR mediation and arbitration.

In our practice at Broder & Orland, LLC, if the parties and counsel cannot reach a settlement, the next step before trial is often to participate in an ADR mediation. ADR mediation is not binding and the mediator does not force a party to sign an agreement. Each party has input into the process and the ability to walk away if he or she is not comfortable.

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. Many divorce clients in Fairfield County, such as Greenwich or Darien, have life insurance policies, or their spouses do.

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 …

IMPORTANT DATES & TERMS IN CT DIVORCE CASES

A Connecticut divorce attorney is often asked “What are the most important dates in a divorce case? Is it the …

HOW DO I FIND A DIVORCE LAWYER THAT IS RIGHT FOR ME?

If you are contemplating divorce or have been served with divorce papers, this is one of the first questions to …

POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS IN CT PART I: IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

Many clients come into our office from the towns of Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Stamford, and Westport, wondering whether …

CHILD SUPPORT PART III: DEVIATING FROM THE GUIDELINES

As discussed in Part I and II of this series, child support in Connecticut is determined by the Child Support …

DIVORCE AND COLLEGE EDUCATION COSTS

“Who will have to pay for our children’s college expenses?” is one of the most frequent questions posed to divorce …

WHAT DIVORCE PROCESS IS RIGHT FOR ME? PART III – LITIGATION

The previous posts in this series discussed mediation and collaborative divorce and this post will continue with litigation. LITIGATION You …

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS IN CONNECTICUT PART II: THE ENFORCEABILITY

At Broder & Orland, LLC, we often consult with divorce clients from Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, and Westport who …

WHAT IS AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE?

“Do I have to go to Trial?” It is a question that family law attorneys who practice in Westport, Greenwich, …

IN WHICH COURTHOUSE DO I FILE MY DIVORCE CASE AND WHO WILL BE THE JUDGE IF MY CASE GOES TO TRIAL?

Where do I file for divorce? The Connecticut Statutes have specific provisions that govern which courthouse you are to file …

PREPARING FOR DIVORCE

For most people, deciding to get divorced is not a snap decision. It often comes after many years of pain …

CHILD SUPPORT PART II: THE CONNECTICUT CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES

As discussed in Part I of this series, child support is the obligation that a parent has to contribute to …

DIVIDING QUALIFIED RETIREMENT PLANS IN A DIVORCE VIA QDRO

For many divorcing couples in Connecticut, retirement assets — such as 401k plans, pension plans or IRA accounts — represent …

LEGAL SEPARATION V. DIVORCE

Often clients come into our office asking about the difference between obtaining a legal separation and obtaining a dissolution of …

WHAT DIVORCE PROCESS IS RIGHT FOR ME? PART II – COLLABORATIVE

The previous post discussed mediation and this post will continue with collaborative divorce. COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE Collaborative divorce offers an alternative …

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS IN CT PART 1: SHOULD I HAVE A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT?

Many brides and grooms in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, and Westport often wonder whether or not they should enter …

EMERGENCY MOTIONS

In Connecticut, divorces, post judgement motions and child custody issues can sometimes take months or even years to be resolved. …

PARENTING PLANS IN CONNECTICUT DIVORCE CASES

I am often asked, “What is a typical parenting plan in a divorce case”? Many people believe (assuming the mother …

STARTING THE DIVORCE PROCESS

You finally summoned the courage to call a “divorce attorney.” Now what? For many clients, the most difficult day of …

CHILD SUPPORT PART I: A BRIEF OVERVIEW

“How can I ensure the financial well-being of my children?” is one of the most frequent questions posed to divorce …

RELOCATING WITH A MINOR CHILD: “MUST I STAY OR CAN I GO”?

One of the thorniest issues that can arise between divorced parents occurs when one parent wishes to relocate with a …

EXCLUSIVE OCCUPANCY

In many divorce cases, one party voluntarily moves out of the marital home, leaving the other party with exclusive use …

WHAT DIVORCE PROCESS IS RIGHT FOR ME? PART I – MEDIATION

Divorce touches almost every family in our state. According to statistics published by the Judicial Branch from the time period …

MODIFICATION OF ALIMONY IN CONNECTICUT BASED ON COHABITATION

What happens to alimony if the alimony recipient lives with a significant other after the divorce? This is one the …

LOCATING HIDDEN ASSETS IN A DIVORCE

In many divorces, particularly in Fairfield County, Connecticut, it is common for a party to suspect his or her spouse …

CHILD CUSTODY IN GREENWICH, CT – PART 1

What will occur if the parties cannot agree is an expensive, long and drawn-out case in which the children will …

WHEN THE DIVORCE GETS DOWN TO POTS AND PANS…LITERALLY.

Top divorce lawyers who handle Greenwich cases know all too well that the division of personal property can end up …