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Low-Cost Divorce Options
Are you considering a divorce but are worried about the legal fees? Far too many people are trapped in broken marriages because of cost. At Stanger Stanfield Law, our West Hartford, Connecticut divorce attorneys offer low-cost divorce options for people throughout the state.
If you cannot afford a traditional divorce, we can help.
Help Throughout the Divorce Process
If you are in the middle of getting a divorce or trying to resolve child custody and visitation issues, you know that the process can be emotionally draining. At the law firm of Stanger Stanfield Law, in Hartford County, our Connecticut divorce lawyers have the extensive experience and skills to help you resolve your matters as cordially as possible.
When you need a dedicated and compassionate West Hartford divorce lawyer, contact Stanger Stanfield Law for help with your Connecticut separation.
We guide clients through all family law matters and provide advice at every stage, including:
- Division of property;
- Child support or spousal support;
- Child custody; and
- Complex division of assets or property in high net worth divorce cases.
We also assist clients with finding low-cost divorce options if divorce seems too costly.
Resolving Issues for Same-Sex Couples
No matter what disputes have arisen in your same-sex marriage, our divorce lawyers in West Hartford, CT can help.
There are many complex rules to follow if you are seeking a divorce, especially if you are not officially a resident of the state. Our legal team can answer your questions and protect your rights at every turn.
Mediation, Arbitration and Collaborative Law Services
With skilled lawyers on our staff and on-site conference rooms available, we are able to help clients resolve matters using alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
ADR includes a range of alternatives to litigation such as mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law.
Many families choose to have our mediators or arbitrators to help them with family disputes because it often saves time and money. Of course, if your spouse won’t work in a cooperative way through mediation, we will fight for you in court.
As part of our comprehensive family law services, our divorce lawyers in Hartford, CT, help clients reach fair and reasonable solutions regarding modification and enforcement.
Circumstances Change With Time.
You or your ex-spouse may wish to seek a post-divorce modification for portions of your divorce or separation agreement months or even years after it was finalized.
Depending upon your individual circumstances and the terms of your divorce, we may be able to make these changes.
When you are planning a wedding, it may be difficult to contemplate the ending of your relationship. But if you have special assets to protect regardless of what happens in your marriage, a prenuptial agreement may be a wise choice.
Property that’s been in your family for generations and investments that you started before you were engaged – these are just two examples of assets that might be protected in a divorce if you have a prenuptial agreement.
In Connecticut, the courts apply the equitable division or distribution of assets in a divorce. Or in other words, whatever the judge thinks is fair. You can decide together to exclude or limit division. It is a moral as well as a practical discussion. Someday in a divorce, a judge may or may not want to enforce what you decide.
There are many things to consider so if you want to discuss your options, call our office and ask them to sign you up for a prenup consultation. It is $450 for up to an hour. It’s important to understand that this would be a conversation. It is not sufficient to obtain documentation or bring the conversation to a conclusion.
To set up a prenuptial agreement and protect your assets, contact Stanger Stanfield Law for assistance from experienced divorce lawyers in CT.
Connecticut Divorce Q&As
What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, you can file for divorce on both fault grounds and no-fault grounds. Filing for divorce on no-fault grounds means that neither party is responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. Filing for divorce on fault grounds means that one spouse’s actions caused the marriage to fail.
The no-fault divorce grounds in Connecticut are simply an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Connecticut courts typically accept that a marriage is irretrievably broken if one spouse does not want the marriage to continue.
There are also eight fault grounds for divorce in Connecticut.
The acceptable fault grounds are:
- Intolerable cruelty;
- One spouse has been imprisoned;
- Fraudulent contract (your spouse intentionally deceived you to enter the marriage);
- Habitual intemperance (one spouse suffers from drug or alcohol addiction);
- One spouse suffers from a mental illness and has been confined to a mental institution for five of the last six years;
- One spouse has willfully deserted and neglected the other for at least 12 months; and
- One spouse has been absent from the marriage with no communication for at least 7 years.
Proving fault grounds for divorce can affect the terms of your judgment of divorce. For example, if you prove that your spouse cheated, a judge can consider this when determining issues such as alimony and splitting up the assets. Yet unless it is extreme, the judges tend to see it as a symptom not the cause.
A divorce attorney in CT can discuss which divorce grounds are best for your situation and needs.
What Is an Uncontested Connecticut Divorce?
If you and your spouse agree on all the issues in your divorce case, you can get an uncontested divorce.
These issues include how to divide marital property, whether one spouse should receive alimony, child custody, child support, and more. If you agree, one spouse will file the correct divorce paperwork with the court, and the court clerk will schedule a date on which the couple can be divorced provided there are no other disagreements that need to be resolved.
The couple will submit a final agreement stating their divorce terms on the day of their final divorce judgment.
Even though an uncontested divorce is usually much simpler and faster than a contested proceeding, it can still be important to talk to a divorce lawyer in CT about getting an uncontested divorce.
How Does Alimony Work in Connecticut?
The needs of each spouse determine alimony in Connecticut.
If one spouse will be unable to maintain their previous standard of living after a divorce, they may be eligible to receive alimony payments, also called spousal support payments.
If the two spouses cannot agree on the issue of alimony, the court will make the final decision. This decision is influenced by the childcare responsibilities of each spouse as well as other factors like the receiving spouse’s earning potential.
How Does Child Support Work in Connecticut?
Divorce can be extra complicated when there are children from either the current marriage or a previous relationship. Connecticut law requires both parents to support their children, regardless of marital status. This means that most divorce cases involving children specify terms for the payment of child support.
To determine the amount of child support payments, courts rely on child support guidelines established by the state legislature. These guidelines allow courts to calculate child support based on the parents’ respective incomes.
Many factors affect the calculation of each parent’s net income. If you and your spouse disagree on child support terms, it can be helpful to hire a Connecticut divorce lawyer.
At Stanger Stanfield Law, skilled divorce attorneys in CT are ready to help you negotiate the child support arrangement that is best for you and your children.
Contact Our Attorneys for Your Family Law Needs in Hartford
For an initial consultation to discuss your divorce, child custody, support or other related family law matters, message our knowledgeable divorce lawyers in Hartford, CT about your family law needs. Or, call 860-561-0651 today.
We believe in building trust and communication and settling disputes in a supportive environment. Reach out to us. We can help you through this difficult time.