What is a Substantial Change in Circumstances for Connecticut Child Support?

We are often asked what constitutes a substantial change in circumstances when it comes to modifying child support. For the answer, read on! Motion to Modify Child Support In "How Is Child Support Calculated in Connecticut?" we learned that the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines do not currently provide a mechanism for adjusting or reevaluating child support. In order to modify a child support order, a Read More

Who Will Be The Judge If My Divorce Goes To Trial?

A common question is who the judge will be if your divorce goes to trial in Connecticut.  Read on to learn how judges are assigned in family court. Will There Be One Judge in My Divorce? In some states, a single judge will preside over and decide an entire divorce case. However, Connecticut courts do not generally assign a specific judge to handle a divorce case from start to finish. If you are involved in a Read More

Is There a Jury in a Connecticut Divorce?

Many people wonder whether there is a jury at Connecticut divorce trials. No.  In Connecticut, we do not have jury trials in divorce cases. A judge hears evidence and decides. Why Did I Think There Was a Jury? Some movies and television shows about divorce show a jury, so that can be confusing.  But in the vast majority of states and the overwhelming number of divorce cases, there is no jury trial.  This Read More

What is a Special Masters Pretrial in a Connecticut Divorce?

In "What Is A Pretrial in a Connecticut Divorce," we learned that there are two types of pretrial conferences in Connecticut divorces: special masters pretrials and judicial pretrials.  Today we'll discuss special masters pretrials. A pretrial is a settlement meeting where the court brings together the parties in a divorce litigation together to assist them in reaching a settlement.  In a judicial pretrial, that Read More

How Do I Handle a High Conflict Spouse During Divorce?

It's not uncommon for one spouse to be low conflict and the other spouse to be high conflict.  Dealing with a high conflict person -- whether you're married, divorcing, or divorced -- can take a toll.  But there are strategies and professionals available to help you. Read on to learn how to handle a high conflict spouse during a divorce. How to Handle a High Conflict Spouse High conflict people often try to Read More

High Conflict vs. Low Conflict Divorce

Many people wonder whether their divorce will be high conflict or low conflict. At least some amount of disagreement is likely between divorcing spouses, but most divorces are not high conflict.  In fact, the vast majority of divorces -- even litigated divorces -- start and stay into the "low conflict" category. More, it's important to know that many divorces that begin as high conflict transition to low Read More

Is There a Waiting Period 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.  Therefore, it’s no surprise that we are often asked whether Connecticut has a waiting period for divorces. The short answer is yes, there is a waiting period -- but there are options to avoid it. Read on to learn more! The 90 Day Waiting Period for Connecticut Read More

How Do I Change My Child Support Payment?

We are often asked "How do I change my child support payment?" The short answer is that there is no automatic recalculation of child support, you have to file a Motion for Modification. Connecticut Child Support Guidelines In "How Is Child Support Calculated in Connecticut?" we learned that the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines do not currently provide a mechanism for adjusting or reevaluating child Read More

Who Pays for College After a Divorce?

We are often asked "who pays for college after a divorce?" Many parents agree to contribute to college costs.  But what about when they disagree about how much each parent will contribute -- or when one parent does not wish to participate at all? The short answer is that Connecticut courts may order one or both parents to contribute to expenses for a child between the ages of 18 and 23 who is a full-time Read More

Can My Ex Spouse Avoid Paying Child Support By Requesting Shared Physical Custody?

We are often asked, "Can my ex-spouse avoid paying child support by requesting shared physical custody of our children?" The short answer is no, there is often child support when parents share custody of their kids.  Read on to learn more -- and for the exceptions. Connecticut Child Support Guidelines In "How Is Child Support Calculated in Connecticut?" we learned that the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines Read More