When a custody agreement is first created during a divorce, one parent will likely have the child more than 50-percent of the time. This parent is considered to have physical or legal custody, meaning that they spend the majority of the time with the child and make all of the important decisions regarding the child’s…

Grandparents can be a very important figure in a child’s life and play a major role in providing them with care. However, when a child’s parents get divorced, there may be situations in which the parents of the non-custodial parent are denied visitation rights after the custody agreement is made. The grandparents can go to…

Sometimes clients want to know how they can receive assistance from the court. This would happen by creating a motion, which is a document created together by the client and the attorney asking the court for monetary or custody relief. The reason a person would have to file a motion is because they cannot get…

In some situations, a stay-at-home parent will ask if they automatically get child custody in the event of a divorce. Unfortunately, no, you do not automatically get primary custody of your children in Connecticut. It means that you, at least, get an equal role in your children’s lives. The court will not automatically reward you…

The mediation process offers you a unique opportunity to deal with and settle a very contentious area of divorce, which is deciding on how you are going to parent your child. Who is going to make the decisions? Will it be made together? We take a look back to see if you were able to…

In the state of Connecticut, child support is formulated by certain guidelines set by the state law. This is a formula that appears to be easy to use and will give us an amount of each party’s obligation for child support. This is a three-tier order of guidelines, assumed to correctly reveal the child support,…

When you enter into a marital relationship, an obligation to support your spouse arises. When you divorce, alimony is a continuation of that obligation of support. Importantly, in the state of Connecticut, there is no specific formula to determine the duration of alimony or the amount of alimony. Rather, if you don’t have an agreement…

At the time of divorce, parents will have a court order that provides for a custody and parenting plan. Certainly, as children grow and situations change, there may be small changes occurring that both parties can agree to without going back to court and having a contested proceeding or changing the original order. I encourage…

  There is a difference between sole custody and joint custody. In the context of decision making, sole custody means that one of the parents, the custodial parent, is making all of the major decisions relative to the child. If there is a joint custody agreement with regard to responsibility for the decisions, then both…

The mediation process is created by the mediator or mediation attorney, together with the parties. When discussing custody and parenting issues, from time to time spouses may ask that children participate in the mediation. However, it is often not in the best interests of the children to be involved in adult decisions in the mediation…

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