Connecticut follows the “equitable distribution” method of property division in a divorce settlement. This means the courts divide the couple’s property fairly, not necessarily equally, using a list of factors to determine how property should be awarded. Among the factors courts consider include the length of the marriage, the reason for the divorce, whether the couple has children, incomes, earning potential after the divorce and whether one spouse stayed home to raise the children.
In some aspects, Connecticut handles property division quite differently from several other states. For example, in Connecticut, a property’s title plays no role in the court’s decision. So, if a car appears in the name of just one spouse, that spouse is no more likely than the other spouse to be awarded the car.
Connecticut also makes no distinction between property the couple owned individually before they were married, and the items they bought during the marriage. In addition, gifts and inheritances (your grandmother’s heirloom jewelry, for example) are also fair game in a Connecticut divorce settlement. All property in a marriage is subject to division in Connecticut.
At Maya Murphy, we know divorce can be difficult, both legally and emotionally. You will want to choose an attorney who will make it a little easier, through efficiency, excellent communication and zealous representation. We can guide you through the divorce process, holding your hand every step of the way, ensuring your property is divided equitably and fairly. Please call us at 203-221-3100, or e-mail us at Ask@Mayalaw.com to schedule a complimentary consultation.