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Family Law FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

Do I need to move out before we can divorce?

A:

No. Connecticut does not require you to live apart to get a divorce.

Q:

I may be getting divorced. Can I try marriage counseling?

A:

Yes. Going to counseling will not affect your rights.

Even if you still end up getting divorced, counseling can help you have an easier divorce, and help you parent your children.

Q:

I'm scared my spouse may be violent. What can I do?

A:

First, if you are experiencing violence or even the threat of violence, call the police IMMEDIATELY. Otherwise, you can apply for an Application for relief from abuse, which may get the abusive spouse removed from the home.

Q:

Do we need more than one attorney?

A:

An attorney CANNOT represent both husband and wife. Whether one or both, or neither hire an attorney is a decision that needs to be made.

Q:

Why hire an attorney?

A:

An attorney knows the law, the legal system, and the people in it. A good lawyer can save you money, get you a better settlement, and protect your legal rights. Sometimes having a lawyer can save you from making certain court appearances yourself.

Q:

How long does it take to get divorced in Connecticut?

A:

Including the mandatory 90 day waiting period, a divorce takes a minimum of 120 days. Each divorce is different, some divorces may take MUCH longer.

Q:

How much will I get? Can I get alimony? Child support?

A:

Most divorces settle with an agreement. Some do not, and a judge must decide the issues. Alimony, and property settlements, are based on 'equitable' principles. The court looks at assets, fault, earning capacity, health, and a variety of other issues in making a decision. Child support is awarded to custodial parents under the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines.