Inheritances, Gifts, and Divorce

Many people wonder whether and how Connecticut courts divide gifts and inheritances in divorces.  Connecticut is an “all property” property division divorce state.  That means that Connecticut courts can divide all of either spouse's property in a divorce -- including inheritances and gifts. Read on to learn more about when and how Connecticut divorce courts divide gifts and inheritances between spouses. Gifts, Read More

Top 3 Property Division Myths

Property division is one of the most important issues in a divorce. It’s also the source of some of the biggest divorce myths. Read on as we debunk the top three Connecticut property division myths. Connecticut is Not a Community Property State The first myth we hear all the time is that Connecticut is a community property state.  It is not.  A community property state is a state where spouses both equally own Read More

What are the Most Common Post Judgment Motions After a Connecticut Divorce?

Many people wonder “What are the most common post-judgment motions?" When the court finalized your divorce, it issued a divorce decree.  That divorce decree is a final, enforceable court order.  But sometimes, some of that order doesn't work for you and your family.  In other cases, one spouse doesn't follow the order. Sometimes there are post-judgment issues with property division, child support, alimony, or Read More

What is a Motion for Modification?

One of the questions many people have is “What is a Motion for Modification?” When the court finalized your divorce, it issued a divorce decree.  That divorce decree is a final, enforceable court order.  The majority of people do what the court order requires (especially when they reached an out of court agreement that became the court’s order). But life changes and it's impossible for a divorce decree to take Read More

What is a Motion for Contempt?

One of the questions many people have is "What is a Motion for Contempt?" When the court finalized your divorce, it issued a divorce decree.  That divorce decree is a final, enforceable court order.  The majority of people do what the court order requires (especially when they reached an out of court agreement that became the court's order). But what happens when a spouse doesn't follow the court's order?  Read More

Do I Have to Pay Child Support if We Have Joint Custody?

We are often asked, "If my ex and I have joint physical custody of our kids, do I still have to pay child support?" The short answer is yes, there is often child support when parents share custody of their kids.  Read on to learn more -- and for the exceptions. Joint or Shared Physical Custody & Child Support Many Connecticut families have a parenting plan with joint (or "shared") physical custody, and there Read More

Is Connecticut a No Fault Divorce State?

Many people wonder whether Connecticut is a no fault divorce state. The short answer is that Connecticut is both a no fault divorce state and a for fault divorce state. To learn more, please read on. Connecticut Divorce Grounds Connecticut has both "no fault" and "for fault" divorce.  Section 46b-40 of the Connecticut General Statutes lays out both the "no fault" and "for fault" grounds for divorce. Read: Read More

What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

More and more long-term, committed romantic partners are choosing not to marry. While there is no common law marriage in Connecticut, and living together (or "cohabitating") does not trigger any financial rights or obligations, the unmarried couples may enter into a "cohabitation agreement." Read on to learn more. What Does a Cohabitation Agreement Do? Many committed, long-term couples want to commit to a Read More

Is there Common Law Marriage in Connecticut?

Common law marriage shows up a lot on tv and in movies.  In fact, it's such a common myth that many people in very long term relationships assume they are legally married.  But does common law marriage even exist in Connecticut?  Can you wind up married just by virtue of your long term relationship?  If you break up, do you need to get divorced even though you never took the step of legally marrying? Read on to Read More

Who Keeps the House in a Divorce?

For many people, what will happen to the family house during a divorce is a major concern.  It only makes sense -- the house is emotionally complex for you, your spouse, and your children.  Plus, it's where you live, so in addition to the emotions, there are a lot of logistics involved.  Finally, it is also a large asset -- sometimes one of the largest assets in the marriage. Read on to learn more. Two Main Read More