• Lower court sidesteps argument that Dan is part of a “trend” to limit alimony

    By Edward Jurkiewicz
    In October 5, 2016
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    Previously, I reported that Dan v. Dan, 315 Conn. 1 (2014) Connecticut’s Supreme Court held that a substantial increase in the income of a payor spouse is an insufficient basis to support a modification of an alimony award without a factual finding that the original award is no longer sufficient...
  • “Shared physical custody” and child support in Connecticut

    By Edward Jurkiewicz
    In May 1, 2016
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    I’m sometimes asked whether “shared physical custody” translates to a reduced child support obligation (or no child support obligation). The answer in any individual case is informed by recent amendments to the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines. The Guidelines were amended in 2015; the previous amendment was 10 years earlier,...
  • Nonadversarial divorce in Connecticut

    By Edward Jurkiewicz
    In October 11, 2015
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    Effective October 1, 2015, Public Act # 15-7 took effect. It remains to be seen whether the act’s provisions will become known as “quickie divorce” or “fast-track divorce”. The act allows final dissolution judgments to be obtained in certain cases in which there is a complete agreement in 30...
  • Dan v. Dan excludes increased income as sole basis for modifying alimony.

    By Edward Jurkiewicz
    In September 23, 2015
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    In a recent decision (Dan v. Dan, 315 Conn. 1 (2014)) Connecticut’s Supreme Court narrowed the available bases for modifying an alimony award, and, in the process, gave an updated articulation of the theoretical underpinnings of alimony in general. When the Dan parties divorced, in 2000, the husband’s annual salary...
  • Adding teeth to the fresh start in bankruptcy.

    By Edward Jurkiewicz
    In April 3, 2015
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    When it enacted the Bankruptcy Code in 1978, Congress defined its overriding goal: to provide debtors with a “fresh start”, financially. In my view, discharging some or all of one’s credit card, medical, and other debt is the single most immediate and effective way to promote an individual’s financial...
  • How not to “shop around” for a divorce lawyer.

    By Edward Jurkiewicz
    In March 28, 2015
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    “My mama told me/ You’d better shop around”-    Smokey Robinson/Berry Gordy (1960) Divorce is a watershed event in anyone’s life, and the final judgment may have a huge effect on your finances and interpersonal relationships for a long time. So, it is natural and makes a lot of...
  • On the curious under-utilization of chapter 13 bankruptcies.

    By Edward Jurkiewicz
    In March 22, 2015
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    I think chapter 13 bankruptcies are under-utilized as a method of resolving unsecured debt. Starting with the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005, Congress introduced an income-based, supposedly objective, test for determining eligibility under chapter 7, the liquidation chapter of the Bankruptcy Code. The intent was to create a “switching...
  • The Nature of Alimony In Connecticut

    By Edward Jurkiewicz
    In February 26, 2015
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    “A dream to some…a nightmare to others.” Thus spoke Merlin to Arthur in John Boorman’s classic 1981 film Excalibur. And so it is with alimony in Connecticut divorce cases. It is the perceived bane of the higher-earning or moneyed spouse. It is sometimes a goal of the other spouse....
  • Divorce in an improving economy

    By astracom
    In December 7, 2014
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    An improving economy may facilitate the divorce process for many people. For seven years, we have been recovering from the Great Recession. The recovery itself has been grueling, with many false starts and retreats. It now appears that the economy may finally be gaining real momentum.
  • Equitable tax relief in divorce cases

    By astracom
    In November 30, 2014
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    Divorce clients frequently ask about obtaining "innocent spouse relief" from the IRS. Fairly dividing the marital debt is fundamental in divorce cases, but a dissolution judgment is only binding on the spouses, not any third parties, including taxing authorities.
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