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Speeded-up divorce in Connecticut: It's not for everyone

Most public employees can't do it. Neither can parents. Neither can those Connecticut couples with more than $35,000 in joint property, nor can those who have been married more than 8 years. What is "it"? "It" is taking advantage of the state's new expedited divorce process that can allow judges in certain circumstances to grant a divorce without even holding a hearing.

"Permitting cases to proceed in a simplified manner means that more time and attention can be paid to cases with more significant issues in dispute," Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto told the state legislature earlier this year. Bozzuto is also the Chief Administrative Judge for Family Matters.

Those "significant issues in dispute" mentioned range from critical disagreements over child custody and child support to disputes over property division and alimony.

Rather than clogging courts with divorces in which couples own little, have no kids and no pension plan, those cases will be able to move through the system, freeing judges to spend more time on divorces in which real disputes exist over children or substantial assets.

The proposal sailed through the House of Representatives and was unanimously approved by the state Senate, according to a news article.

For those gazing at a future divorce and seeing the possibility of litigation looming, a conversation with a family law attorney experienced in negotiated resolutions can make options clearer. In some cases, litigation is simply unavoidable and is necessary to protect your rights. In other situations, the attorney will find a favorable resolution to your disputes in careful negotiation.

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