• Dividing social security benefits in divorce – possible?

    By astracom
    In November 23, 2014
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    Is it possible to divide social security retirement benefits in a divorce? In previous blogs, I discussed the division of retirement accounts and defined benefit plans in dissolution actions.
  • Divorce: the “reality” of co-parenting.

    By astracom
    In October 22, 2014
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    NBC, the television network, is seeking parents willing to test how well they have adapted to their divorce. NBC Eyeworks, the network's producer, recently announced a casting call for a new "reality" series.
  • Cohabitation and alimony in divorce cases

    By astracom
    In August 10, 2014
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    Let's say, after a divorce, you are paying periodic alimony, and your ex-spouse begins cohabitating with a significant other. It's natural to feel that the alimony award should terminate, or at least be modified downward. When people keep house together, they tend to function as one economic unit. But...
  • More divorce statistics: custody and alimony

    By astracom
    In July 27, 2014
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    Recently, I commented on a summary of a study by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund on divorce outcomes, as summarized by Attorney Aaron Wenzloff of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association at the recent Connecticut Legal Conference. The study yielded some additional findings which are interesting and,...
  • Recent statistics on divorce in Connecticut

    By astracom
    In July 10, 2014
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    In May 2014, the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund released an empirical study of divorce outcomes, based upon a random sample of 433 cases in the Bridgeport and New Haven judicial districts that went to judgment in 2012. The report was summarized by Aaron Wenzloff, Esq. of the...
  • Innocent spouse relief in divorce cases

    By astracom
    In June 26, 2014
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    Tax liability arising from joint income tax returns is a common issue in divorce cases. Married persons are eligible to file a joint tax return for any tax year, so long as they are still married on the last day of the tax year. The filing of a joint...
  • Divorce and family law reform: shared custody

    By astracom
    In June 10, 2014
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    In a previous post, I wrote about how a Connecticut legislative task force is studying a proposal to adopt a presumption in favor of shared child custody in divorce and family law cases. The main ideas, I believe, are to reduce the contentiousness and resulting expense of high-conflict custody...
  • Voluntary conduct in divorce: not necessarily “fault”

    By astracom
    In May 11, 2014
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    A recent Connecticut Supreme Court decision rejected the concept that voluntary behavior is always synonymous with "fault" in divorce and family cases. In Olson v. Mohammadu, 310 Conn. 665 (2013), a doctor voluntarily relocated from Florida to Connecticut following a marital dissolution to be closer to and have a more...
  • Divorce and family law reform: new GAL and AMC guidelines

    By astracom
    In May 4, 2014
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    In previous posts, I wrote about pending legislative changes in the divorce and family law system. After much contentious and highly public debate, Bill 494, which imposes new guidelines on court-appointed guardians ad litem and attorneys for the minor child, was unanimously approved by the Connecticut House and Senate.
  • Limited scope representation in divorce cases: two pitfalls

    By astracom
    In April 13, 2014
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    In a previous post, I wrote about the newly-minted option of limited scope representation in divorce and family law cases. In the several weeks that have passed since, I have seen examples of LSR representation working well, and poorly.
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