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Santa’s Gift to Family Courts – The Return of Special Masters

This Christmas, Santa left a very special gift for Connecticut Family Courts – the return of Special Masters.  The pandemic took a lot from Family Court, including most in-person Court dates.   Over the past few months, more Court events are returning to in-person.   Perhaps none is more valuable for parties going through divorce than Special …

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Domestic Violence Mental and Physical Abuse

Jennifer’s Law: Dramatic Shift In Connecticut Family Law Landscape

The holiday season should be a time for joy and celebration.  But for some, it can be a time of increased family violence.  This past October, Connecticut law regarding domestic violence took a major step in a new direction.  Prior to the enactment of Jennifer’s Law, victims could apply for Restraining Orders only upon the …

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Domestic Violence Mental and Physical Abuse

Arbitration: A Silver Lining to Covid Court Delays

Covid backlogs continue in the Connecticut Family Courts.  Absent an emergency, it can still be months before more routine custody and parenting issues are addressed by the Court.  Across nearly all judicial districts new divorce and custody filings are presently being calendared for the Fall of 2022.  That said, there is a silver lining in …

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Parenting Plan Checklist

Parents are the most important people in their children’s lives, regardless of whether the parents are together or separate.  When parents separate or divorce, the most important consideration is the best interests of the children.  Custody and parenting disputes can sometimes be highly contentious which only serves to work against the children.  Even in relatively …

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Prenuptial Agreement Laws

Prenuptial Agreements: Love and Logic

Covid numbers are down.  Weddings are happening again.  Love is in the air.  For many engaged couples, the thought of discussing or negotiating a premarital agreement may seem unromantic and unnecessary. However, these pre-marriage contracts, which protect a couple financially in case of divorce, are often important – especially logically.  People may think of prenuptial agreements as …

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Connecticut Divorce Lawyer

Medical Insurance – An Extremely Important Consideration for Divorce in Connecticut

Different states have different laws governing continuing health coverage for the spouse who does not carry health insurance for the family unit.  Connecticut is on the more restrictive end of the spectrum.  In Connecticut, medical insurance coverage for the non-plan-subscribing spouse ends at the Date of Divorce.  There are some employers that continue coverage until …

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Not So Post-COVID Update: Connecticut Family Courts

In looking at the glass half-full, the Connecticut Family Courts are moving forward in handling cases beyond emergency Motions and Restraining Orders only.  In-person court proceedings continue to be limited to these emergency hearings, but the Courts are now virtually hearing and resolving contested motions, trials, and every type of matter that was previously resolved …

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High Net Worth Divorce Challenges

Challenges That Come With High-Net-Worth Divorces

Filing for divorce in Connecticut can be a challenging time for anyone, including families with substantial assets and/or income.  There is no bright-line test for what is labeled a high-net-worth divorce, but suffice it to say that the colloquial expression, “you know it when you see it” probably applies.  In many respects, the income and …

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