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You Need an Advocate, Not a “Litigator,” “Mediator,” or “Collaborative Lawyer”

It may be difficult to consider the different options available to you as you start the process of your divorce or other family law process.  Perhaps you want the divorce done as quickly, amicably, and efficiently as possible.  Perhaps you know from the outset that your spouse is going to make things grueling and difficult, Read More

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CT Family Law Update: Court Mandated Parenting Education Programs May Now Be Completed Online

In any family law matter involving minor children, Connecticut law requires that the parties (married or unmarried) complete a parenting education program. The parenting education program is a six hours class, which may be offered in two three-hour classes, or in three two-hour classes. The purpose of the program is to educate parents about the many Read More

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May and June 2020 (Connecticut Family Court) Trials and Hearings (With Exceptions) Have Been Continued Until Later Date

On April 29, 2020, the Connecticut Super Court issued a notice that all trials and specially assigned hearings which had been scheduled to occur during the months of May and/or June, 2020 have been continued. The rescheduled dates of all such trials and/or hearings that were continued will be determined at a later date. The Read More

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Connecticut Courts Now Entering Orders in Uncontested Divorce, Custody/Visitation cases and Motions with an Agreement Without Requiring Parties to Appear in Court

The Connecticut Courts are now entering Final Judgments and Orders as to Separation Agreements and other agreements related to Divorce and Family Law cases without requiring the parties (or their counsel) to appear in Court. These actions / cases include the following: Divorce or Legal Separation Custody / Visitation Agreements Motion / Groups of Motions Read More

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How a Coronavirus-related Income Loss Could Affect Your Alimony and Child Support

Many people have faced a job loss or reduction in income due the coronavirus pandemic. In such a case it might be difficult for an ex-spouse paying alimony or a parent sending child support to keep up with their obligation. As these orders are based on the financial circumstances that existed at the time they Read More

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Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation Read More

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Pending and New Divorce Cases in Connecticut during COVID-19 Shutdown – What Can I Do Now?

The framework below outlines what actions can or should be taken (and why) during the Covid-19 shutdown.  The list is broken down by family matter type:   1.  New Divorce Actions   These can still be filed now, and it may be advantageous to get the process started sooner rather than waiting to file amidst Read More

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Updated Connecticut Judicial Branch Schedule (Covid-19 Shutdown) for Family Court Cases

The statewide shutdown due to COVID-19 continues to restrict the normal flow business in family and matrimonial law matters heard before the Superior Court. Connecticut Courts remain in an state of unprecedented, limited operation: Limited courthouses open; Limited days/hours of operation; Limited access to courthouses; Limited filings being acted upon (Priority 1 Matters); Only “Priority Read More

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CONNECTICUT FAMILY COURT SCHEDULE EXPANDS CAUTIOUSLY

After weeks of limited functioning, the Connecticut Judicial Branch is now showing signs of progress in addressing a slightly broader array of matters. The wheels of Justice have begun to turn just a little bit more quickly. For family cases, this means specifically that approval of temporary agreements and non adversarial divorce have been added Read More

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