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File for Divorce with the Help of an Experienced West Hartford Lawyer

Strong support in Connecticut throughout the divorce process

You may be thinking of divorce, or your spouse may have suggested separation. Either way, divorce is more than a difficult personal choice -- it is a legal process that begins the moment you decide your marriage is over. When you decide to move toward a different future, we can help. With more than 30 years of experience in family law, The Law Offices of H. Dyke N. Spear, Jr. focuses solely on providing skilled counsel and legal representation for those filing for divorce in Connecticut or already involved in a divorce or post-judgment proceedings.

How to file for divorce in Connecticut

Marriage is a legal relationship that requires legal action to dissolve. While information about divorce is available through the courts, experienced legal counsel can provide the advice you need from the outset, including:

  • Be informed. Before engaging in serious or even informal discussions with your spouse about custody, property or alimony, talk to us about your situation. Even if your spouse agrees about the direction of your divorce, making early statements about your willingness to split assets or concede issues can create problems later on. Understand the law and your own interests before making even loose arrangements.
  • Keep it civil. The course of your divorce is set by the tone each partner adopts before divorce papers are filed. Refrain from bitter comments or taking unnecessarily adversarial steps as you move through the divorce process. Make your best efforts to avoid a contested divorce.

Filing for divorce is a process that requires good financial and family decisions at a time of intense emotional difficulty. The Law Offices of H. Dyke N. Spear, Jr. offers strong, strategic advocacy to help you understand the divorce process and decisions you need to make, including:

  • Timing. As a legal action, divorce is initiated by filing a complaint. There is a 90-day waiting period after a complaint is served. Divorce usually takes between six months to a year, but a litigated case may stretch for years.
  • Grounds. Divorce in Connecticut can be for fault or no-fault due to the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage partnership. In some divorce cases, serious misconduct by one spouse may be considered by the court when deciding on matters of financial support or property division.
  • Issues. All divorcing couples must either agree to matters such as child custody, visitation, alimony and property division or present these matters to the court for decision.

Skilled help from an experienced West Hartford attorney

If you are considering filing for divorce in Connecticut, The Law Offices of H. Dyke N. Spear, Jr. offers responsive, seasoned legal service. Serving clients throughout Hartford and Tolland counties, we offer a free half-hour consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions. Contact us or call 860.470.3296 when you need reputable, cost-effective legal representation.