Connecticut Child Custody – What you need to know

It is important for couples who are involved in a child custody dispute to understand that child custody in the State of Connecticut is often complicated and that courts typically prefer the parents reach an agreement between themselves. There are some specific terms that parents should understand regarding custody including: Sole legal custody – occurs when one parent is assigned the rights and responsibilities of the child. This parent is responsible for making all decisions that impact the child including Continue Reading

Charged with Contempt in Connecticut For Not Paying Child Support, Post-Judgment

Have you been suddenly charged with contempt in Connecticut for not paying your child support that was ordered by the court after you and your spouse divorced? Perhaps it’s in reverse and you’re filing for contempt against your ex-spouse for not doing what was required with a court order. Either way, it’s a contentious form of family law that you never want to go through if you can amicably work it out. But in both scenarios, you have to work Continue Reading

The Connecticut Divorce Process

No one enters a marriage with the idea that it is going to end in divorce. However, for many couples a divorce is the only solution for an unhappy situation. If you’re considering filing for divorce in Connecticut, make sure you understand the types of dissolutions available to you. Uncontested Connecticut Divorce In an uncontested divorce you and your spouse request that the Court order a divorce pursuant to the terms of a separation agreement. The separation agreement, usually drafted Continue Reading

Conn. Supreme Court case shows need for employment-contract precision

A case handed down by the Supreme Court of Connecticut on Feb. 11, 2014, teaches a lesson about the importance of drafting clear and unambiguous employment contracts. If you are a Connecticut business owner, be sure to engage knowledgeable and experienced legal counsel to execute enforceable employment agreements on your behalf so that your employees clearly understand what they are agreeing to and to avoid the potential expense of fighting about it in court. The Connecticut Supreme Court case Norma Continue Reading

Water damage to Connecticut coastal homes may bring financial trouble

Hurricane Sandy devastated the coastal area homes of many Connecticut residents. In some cases, tidal waves did more than 50 percent damage to the value of homes while raising the price of flood insurance. In addition, a federal revamping of flood maps of coastal areas nationwide has made even obtaining flood insurance for some homeowners difficult. The Federal Emergency Management Agency routinely adjusts predicted flood zones. In anticipation of climate change and storms like Hurricane Sandy, FEMA has made plans Continue Reading

Mortgage aid programs help distressed homeowners

Despite the fact that nationwide statistics show that foreclosure rates are falling, many Connecticut residents are struggling to stay in their homes. In some Connecticut cities, foreclosure rates are actually increasing. Experts opine that Connecticut’s high unemployment rate, a rate that is still at 9 percent, contributes to the state’s high rate of foreclosures. Many Connecticut residents, especially those in New Haven and Brideport – cities that were hit hardest with foreclosures – m may be in need of some Continue Reading

Business succession planning is key in Connecticut

Few issues loom larger than succession planning for small and family-owned businesses. Passing a business on to younger generations is notoriously difficult without proper planning. It can take years of meticulous preparation and leadership training and must often be updated. Too often small business owners delay creating a succession plan or rely on outdated agreements with partners. Not only does this make a business transition more difficult, it can harm the owner’s estate beneficiaries or devalue the assets of a Continue Reading

Forming an LLC can be highly advantageous for your business

To run a successful business, you have to be good at what you do. It’s likely that you know your business inside and out. However, if you don’t have a legal background, you might not be sure which form of business entity is best for your type of business. A limited liability company, or LLC, is a business entity that has been growing in popularity for years. Only an experienced business law attorney is qualified to advise you on which Continue Reading

The impact of the economy on estate planning

According to a Federal Reserve study, Americans lost nearly 40 percent of their estates between 2007 and 2010. This includes a median $42,000 loss in the value of American homes, most people’s most valuable asset. High unemployment also negatively affected retirement savings plans and lowered credit scores. The Great Recession impacted families’ lifestyles, retirement plans and – sometimes overlooked – estate planning needs. For example, increased unemployment has led some people to create their own startups. Such startups, even in Continue Reading