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Financial Mindfulness and Empowerment in Marriage (Tax Returns)

Federal and State Tax Returns are your most important financial records.  Direct access to your Federal and State Tax Returns is essential (and should be your top priority); Do you Maintain physical and digital copies?  If not, you should! Best Practices for Couples:  Each marital spouse should maintain direct access to the family Tax Returns Read More

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What is Legal Separation in Connecticut? And, when is it the best approach?

There are many commonly held misconceptions about what legal separation means in Connecticut.  When the actual implications of legal separation are carefully considered as an alternative to divorce, legal separation is often rejected in favor of pursuing the dissolution of marriage (divorce) process.  However, there are particular reasons why legal separation may be a better Read More

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Appeals in Connecticut Family Law – A Brief Overview

All Court Orders should be analyzed by Counsel Whenever an order is entered by a family court in Connecticut, it should be carefully examined with the assistance of counsel, given the important ramifications even seemingly small details may have once they take on the force of an order of the court. Rights to Appeal Connecticut Read More

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The Covid-19 Crisis and Modification and Enforcement of Alimony and Child Support Orders

Modification and enforcement of alimony and child support orders in Connecticut are likely to be an inevitable outgrowth of the unfolding situation in Connecticut.  The current COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the employment and income of many people in Connecticut.  Working hours have been reduced, employees have been laid off, and small and closely held Read More

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Domestic Violence Abuse Concerns Rise with Covid-19

While social distancing may now be the norm in Connecticut because of COVID-19, it is also forcing family units into closer, sustained proximity with each other.  That may in many cases be a good chance for even closer bonding, as people weather this crisis together and their immediate family members are the only ones who Read More

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How will Coronavirus / Covid 19 affect my Connecticut Divorce? (Frequently Asked Questions)

Impacts from the Coronavirus have dramatically altered the course of our everyday lives.  Basic health issues taken for granted just a few short weeks ago and scary thoughts like “community spread” are becoming borderline obsessions as all of us race to wash our hands, sanitize all the horizontal surfaces we touch, and stockpile disinfectants, toilet Read More

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Financial Mindfulness and Empowerment in Marriage [An Introduction]

As a divorce attorney for over 25 years, I have represented many different types of spouses with different levels of financial savvy.  Some people have a real grasp on the family finances while others know very little. The way couples share and manage their personal financial information can create significant advantages/disadvantages during a divorce action–but Read More

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One Small Step for Woman-Kind, One Giant Step for Family Law (The First “Space Case”)

Divorce and custody matters are not limited by earthly boundaries.  As apparently the first case of its kind, an astronaut allegedly accessed her spouse’s bank information while in space.  While your spouse may not be in orbit (at least not literally), this case demonstrates how electronic information may be accessible from virtually anywhere without the Read More

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Are Divorces for Super Wealthy More or Less Contentious?

Depends. What tends to matter the most is individual personalities, the reasons for the breakdown and the desire (or lack thereof) to put the marriage in the past and move forward. If the emotion is high then it is likely to be a contentions divorce, regardless of wealth. Allegations that Jeff Bezos may have been Read More

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What is No/Fault Divorce? Does Fault Matter in Divorce?

What is No Fault Divorce? “No fault divorce” refers to the jurisdictional grounds required to bring a divorce.  That means to get divorced in Connecticut, a spouse does not have to prove fault.   In “fault divorce” states the courts do not have jurisdiction to allow a person to obtain a divorce without their first proving some sort of fault on the part of a spouse, such as adultery, “habitual intemperance,” Read More

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