Connecticut Family Law

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1.State statute Chapter 815j* Dissolution of Marriage, legal separation and annulment
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. No-fault or living separate and apart for 18 months.
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA
b. Property distribution factors Equitable Distribution of Marital Property in Connecticut
4. Legal separation? Legal Separation in CT
a. Waiting period/Separation period 90 days
5. Is mediation required

No

6. Forms used Connecticut Judicial Branch/Forms
7. Alimony guidelines and factors Alimony in Connecticut
Alimony formula None
a. Types Temporary and permanent
b. Term Limits None specified
Cohabitation Court may suspend, reduce or terminate alimony CT ST 46b-86
c. Imputing income If voluntarily unemployed or unemployed, court will impute income.
d. Change in circumstances Connecticut General Statute 46b-86
e. Ceases on retirement Bill being considered - Raised H.B. No. 6927, CONN. GEN. ASSEMBLY
Impute income on early retirement
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income Conn. Regs. § 46b-215a-1(11)(A)
8. Child support factors and guidelines Child support in Connecticut
9. Child support calculator Connecticut child support calculator
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed? Yes
11. Valuation
a. Valuation date Divorce
b. Goodwill divisibility Personal goodwill is not divisible.  Enterprise goodwill is divisible. - Eslami v. Eslami, 218 Conn. 801, 591 A.2d 411 (Conn. 1991)
c. Standard of value Fair market value
d. Discounts Yes - Dahill
e. Shareholder/partner agreements Should be considered - Stearns v. Stearns, 4 Conn. App. 323, 494 A.2d 595 (1985)
 12. Double dip Impermissable double dip - Lynch v Lynch
 a. Stock options  Goold v. Goold, 11 Conn. App. 268, 527 A.2d 696 (1987) (exercise of stock options was income)
 b. Retirement accounts  Permissable - Krafick v Krafick, 234 Conn 783, 663 A.2d 365, 375, n.26 (1995)
 c. Child support Double dip impermissable even when dealing with child support - n re Marriage of Maley, 186 Wis. 2d 125, 519 N.W.2d 717 (Ct. App. 1994
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  Valid - Premarital Agreement Act effective after 10/1/095
 15. Common law  No


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