Divorce lawyers in towns such as Darien and New Canaan are often asked, “Does it matter who files first for divorce?” The short answer is, “It depends.” The Court draws no inference that because the Wife files that the Husband is a bad actor or vice versa. Most cases...
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Inheritances, and the marital estate, are your inheritances subject to equitable distribution?
Many clients come into our office from the towns of Fairfield County with family money they inherited during the marriage, or which they anticipate inheriting after a dissolution proceeding. Sometimes clients want to know whether the inheritance they have already...
What is a financial affidavit?
One of the most important documents during a dissolution proceeding is a Financial Affidavit. A Financial Affidavit is a sworn statement that the Court requires both parties to complete within thirty days of the Return Date. The Return Date is the date by which the...
What does “Custody” Mean in a Connecticut Divorce Case?
The “custody” word sometimes sends shivers down the spine of divorce litigants. However, this term is often misunderstood and can unnecessarily result in a high conflict divorce.
The Discovery Process
Have you ever wondered how exactly your spouse is paid, or what his or her sole credit card or bank statements would show if you had the chance to view them? The discovery process in a dissolution proceeding has the ability to bring light to many of these common questions. The discovery process begins shortly after the return date has occurred and generally involves gathering documents and information.
Can I get divorced in Connecticut?
Our office frequently receives inquiries from potential clients who, because of their particular set of circumstances, are uncertain as to whether Connecticut is the appropriate jurisdiction to handle their divorce from a spouse.
WHAT DIVORCE PROCESS IS RIGHT FOR ME? PART IV – ADR
The most popular models of ADR utilized in family law matters for individuals living in Greenwich or Westport are ADR mediation and arbitration.
In our practice at Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie, LLC, if the parties and counsel cannot reach a settlement, the next step before trial is often to participate in an ADR mediation. ADR mediation is not binding and the mediator does not force a party to sign an agreement. Each party has input into the process and the ability to walk away if he or she is not comfortable.
WHY PARTIES NEED REVIEW COUNSEL DURING MEDIATION
Mediation is a process whereby parties who are looking to resolve their divorce or post judgment issues meet with a neutral third party (the Mediator) in an effort to settle the case. The parties' agreement is then memorialized by the Mediator. In Mediation, the...
IMPORTANT DATES & TERMS IN CT DIVORCE CASES
A Connecticut divorce attorney is often asked "What are the most important dates in a divorce case? Is it the date I file for divorce, the return date, the case management date, the uncontested date- what does it all mean?" This article is a general guide to...
HOW DO I FIND A DIVORCE LAWYER THAT IS RIGHT FOR ME?
If you are contemplating divorce or have been served with divorce papers, this is one of the first questions to cross your mind. Unless you've been divorced before, it's unlikely you have had any real experience with a lawyer who concentrates in that area of the law....
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