So many families in Hartford area consider their pets as family members. I reside in a dog-friendly neighborhood west of the river where dogs are family. In a recent divorce involving a couple from Suffield, CT, the center of their universe was the four dogs, one of which was a show dog. Unfortunately, Connecticut Divorce Courts consider the family pooch or Whiskers the cat to be more aligned with a piece of furniture than a family member in a dissolution of marriage. The common law word of “chattle” comes to mind when categorizing the pets.
My spouse and I are not getting along. We have three young children and the constant fighting is wearing us out. We were thinking of living apart of awhile, but then we learned we should become legally separated instead. What’s wrong with just living apart?
While it’s true you can quietly live apart, if your marriage is in trouble, it’s best to find a way to protect your interests—and those of your children’s—before you start living separate lives. That’s why you should consider a legal separation, especially if you live in Connecticut.
If you are getting divorced in Connecticut, who you choose to represent you will have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. We at CT Mediation Center put together this guide to help you choose the divorce attorney who is right for you.
There’s that old saying: Too many cooks spoil the broth.
But when it comes to your divorce, having two attorneys is just right.
When couples prepare to divorce, a common question that comes up in Connecticut is this: “We’ve already worked everything out. Can’t we just share the same divorce attorney?”
There are a few reasons why people believe sharing a divorce attorney is a good idea:
If you are seeking a divorce, you may be feeling a sense of urgency. You might be anxious about saving money, or worried about the impact a drawn-out divorce proceeding will have on you, your job, your living arrangements, and especially the emotional wellbeing of your children.
It’s enough to make you consider getting divorced as quickly as possible. While that is understandable, don’t let your feelings about divorce sway your decision making. Divorce is a time for careful action: what you do now will impact you and your family for years to come.
Not every divorce is contentious and needs to be litigated in court. Many couples are able to come to agreement on how to divide assets and debts without the court intervening. A new state law regarding the time frame of divorce for certain couples came into effect on October 1st, 2015. For those who are eligible for a Simple Divorce under the new law, it will now be possible to get a divorce in a 35-day period or less.