Does It Matter Who Files For Divorce First?

We are often asked whether it matters who files for divorce first in Connecticut.  Like so many things in divorce, it really depends on your individual goals — that’s exactly why the Goals & Planning Conference is our first step at Freed Marcroft. After your Goals & Planning Conference, when to file for divorce is one of the very first strategy decisions that you will make with your attorney at your Read More

What Should I Expect at My Initial Divorce Consultation?

The idea of an initial divorce consultation with a family law firm gives most people some degree of anxiety.  Below we will explain what you can expect at your Goals & Planning Conference – that’s what we call our initial consultation – to help reduce your stress a little and get you mentally prepared.  Having a sense of what to expect tends to make us feel better, and we hope that it makes you feel calmer Read More

What is the Waiting Period in Connecticut Divorces?

It’s no surprise that we are often asked whether Connecticut what the waiting period is for Connecticut divorces.  Many of Freed Marcroft's divorce clients highly value their time, and one of their goals is that their divorce not be prolonged. The short answer is there is a waiting period -- but there are options to avoid it. To learn more, read on. The 90 Day Waiting Period for Connecticut Read More

What if My Spouse is Hiding Assets During our Divorce?

Sometimes spouses fear that their spouse will hide assets while a divorce is pending.   There are multiple ways that Connecticut addresses this during the divorce — the first by preventing it from happening in the first place via the automatic orders, the second by requiring disclosure on the financial affidavits, and the third by providing a way to reveal any hidden assets via the discovery process.   Read on to Read More

What Happens if My Spouse Hid Assets in our Divorce?

Many people wonder whether there is any recourse when they discover that their spouse hid assets during their divorce.  When a former spouse hides income, you can go to court to have alimony or child support increased post-judgment.  But when a spouse hid assets -- such as ownership in a business, real estate, or bank or brokerage account -- there's an additional layer of complexity involved to "unring the bell" on Read More

What is a Motion to Open a Judgment?

Sometimes, following the final judgment in a divorce or another family law matter such as a child custody action, you may consider filing a "Motion to Open or Set Aside Judgment."  A Motion to Open is a post-judgment motion that allows the court to change a final court decree. Read on to learn more. Generally speaking, Courts don't like to reopen divorce or family law judgments after they were issued.  Once a Read More

How are Assets Protected During a Divorce?

Sometimes spouses fear that their spouse will spend, retitle, or move assets while a divorce is pending.  Others fear that their spouse will incur large debts.  There are two main ways that Connecticut addresses this -- the first by preventing it from happening in the first place via the automatic orders, and the second by taking it into account when the property is divided at the end of the divorce. Read on to Read More

What Is Dissipation of Marital Assets?

Sometimes spouses fear that their spouse will spend, retitle, or move assets while a divorce is pending.  Others fear that their spouse will incur large debts.  There are two main ways that Connecticut courts can protect assets during a divorce.  The first attempts to preventing it from happening in the first place via automatic orders.  The second approach remedies it on the back end by taking it into account when Read More

How Does Infidelity Affect Property Division?

One of the questions we are asked at Freed Marcroft is how a spouse's infidelity impacts property division in a Connecticut divorce.  Discovering that your spouse has been unfaithful can be emotionally devastating, and may lead you to the decision to end the marriage. Connecticut law entitles you to a divorce that lets you start over. What is not so straightforward is to what degree infidelity affects property Read More

What Impact Does Adultery Have on Property Division in Connecticut Divorces?

Many people want to understand what impact adultery can have on property division in Connecticut divorces.  Confusion on this issue is understandable -- and the answer has changed significantly over the years. Please read on to learn more. What Impact Does Adultery Have on Alimony in Connecticut Divorces? To understand the impact alimony can have in Connecticut divorces, it's important to first understand that Read More