Greater Hartford, Connecticut Divorce Attorneys
At Swerdloff & Swerdloff, we believe that dissolution of marriage – the legal name for divorce in Connecticut – is the restructuring of a family, not the destruction of a family.
If you have children, you will still be a family after your divorce.
You will have a lifetime of events ahead of you that will be family-oriented, such as weddings, the births of grandchildren, and events of religious significance.
As lawyers, we can help you navigate all of the issues that may be a part of your divorce:
- Child custody and access
- Child support
- Property division
- High-net worth divorce
- Relocation disputes
Connecticut is a no-fault divorce state. To obtain a divorce, your marriage must be broken and unfixable. This means that you and your spouse are not now able to reconcile your issues. You do not have to allege or prove any fault, such as adultery, cruel and inhuman treatment, or abandonment to obtain a divorce. Because it is a no-fault state, neither party can stop the other from getting a dissolution of marriage.
Options for Resolving Your Divorce
We offer mediation services when appropriate to help you and your spouse resolve disagreements amicably.
While we always attempt to resolve divorce through negotiations, we also handle high-conflict divorces where parties cannot agree on important issues. We are aggressive litigators when necessary in order to protect the interests of our clients.
By the end of a divorce case, we want to have created a structure that you and your family can live with for the rest of your lives. We have a checklist that we work through with every client to make sure we cover all of your issues.
Legal Separation in Connecticut
Some people choose a legal separation for religious reasons or other reasons which may include continuing to provide medical insurance coverage for a former spouse who has existing medical issues. While there are fewer health insurance carriers that will allow you to cover a spouse from whom you are legally separated, there are some that will.
The legal separation process is the same as the divorce process in Connecticut. You divide all of your property and make a plan for your children regarding custody and support. However, you do remain married under the law. While you cannot remarry, you can move on with your life. Following your legal separation, either party can convert the separation to a divorce by filing a legal motion. The court cannot object to a request to convert a legal separation to a divorce, and will always do so upon proper request. Further, you will not need to hire a lawyer to convert a legal separation to a divorce.
If you have a question or concern about divorce or legal separation, we invite you to contact attorneys Mark and Ileen Swerdloff today.