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Domestic violence suspect leads police on chase

Connecticut residents are likely aware that law enforcement responds to domestic disturbances in a quick and serious manner. In an effort to prevent escalating domestic violence, calls for help are treated as dangerous situations. When police respond to a home where alleged abuse has occurred, they often try to apprehend the alleged aggressor and then question the parties involved. 

People may not be aware that verbal threats can be classified as domestic violence. Not all cases of domestic disputes involve physical alterations and abuse. Surely, it is not uncommon for people to say things they do not mean when they are arguing, but when a verbal dispute turns into threats, it can become a crime. 

Campaign to assist victims of domestic violence

Connecticut families are probably aware that being a victim of a violent crime can be frightening long after an abuser has been apprehended. Domestic violence can be an especially scary scenario for victims because, in some cases, the abuser was providing for a victim or family. Victims may fear that, if they attempt to escape abuse, they may not be able to provide for themselves or their children. 

Fortunately, there is help for victims and their families. In addition to assistance from law enforcement to remove an abuser from the home, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence is ready to help. Many victims find themselves in need of food and shelter after escaping an abusive situation, and a new campaign seeks to provide additional aid when state-funded shelters and programs are overwhelmed. Victims may need a safe place to stay, and when shelters are full, they may be placed in a local hotel until proper housing becomes available. 

Local author brings stress of child custody dispute into words

Connecticut residents are among the many Americans that enjoy a good book, especially if the read pertains to their personal life in some way. Whether a book is fiction or nonfiction, it can often be helpful for readers to feel as if the author truly understands their specific set of circumstances. Recently, one local author penned a novel to explain the stress and pain that can result from a child custody dispute. 

He told interviewers that because of his own nasty child custody dispute, he was attempting to explain what that type of situation is really like on a personal level to the reader. The book is entitled "Half the Child." Through the eyes of the fictional main character, readers can see many of the issues that affect parents navigating child custody proceedings. 

Divorce and your family business

If you and your spouse contemplate obtaining a Connecticut divorce, your joint business or professional practice adds one more layer of complexity to what already may be a contentious situation. Your family business likely is not only your largest marital asset, but also your major source of family income. Consequently, deciding how to equitably divide it via your property settlement agreement probably represents one of your most pressing concerns.

In general, you and your spouse have the following three basic options:

  1. Sell your business and equitably divide the proceeds between you
  2. One buy out the other's business interest
  3. Continue owning the business jointly

A guide for co-parenting during the holidays

Custody is a difficult thing to figure out and manage. After you hammer out the arrangements during the divorce proceeding, it is time to actually try to put them into practice. One of the most stressful times for custody disputes is the holiday season.

Halloween is not far off, which means it might only be a matter of time until you and your ex start bickering about who will get to trick-or-treat and who the kids will open presents with on Christmas morning. Even if you have a comprehensive parenting plan, the logistics may not actually work out when the holidays come around. Here are some guidelines to make the holiday season less stressful for you and your kids:

Police aim to protect community from domestic violence

Residents of Connecticut are surely aware that, when it comes to allegations of violent crime, law enforcement does their best to respond swiftly. Domestic violence is a crime that often seems to occur out of the blue with no forewarning. Due to the risk to potential victims, police respond to domestic violence calls with extra precautions. 

Recently, police received a call that a man had threatened someone in his home. Police rushed to the residence but soon learned the suspect had fled into the surrounding neighborhood. The suspect was reported to be armed, and police feared the man would continue to threaten area residents. 

Child support differs from one state to another

For Connecticut spouses considering divorce, understanding how the process will affect their financial standing is a significant concern. Aside from property division and the expense of setting up a new household, child support is also an important topic for parents. That's true regardless of whether they will be tasked with making those payments or will be on the receiving end. 

Child support, like property division, will be determined by the laws of the couple's state of residence. In some cases a couple has a choice of jurisdiction. This is a possibility when a family divides time between two homes or runs a business in one state. In some cases one spouse works elsewhere and the family travels back and forth for visits. There are even cases where an extended visit with friends or family can be used to make a claim about jurisdiction. 

Mothers fear mental health treatment may affect child custody

Connecticut residents are likely aware that taking care of mental health issues is just as important as caring for one's physical health. Health care providers are now aware that issues like anxiety and depression can affect an entire family, not just the person suffering from illness. A recent study shows that mothers are sometimes afraid to admit they may need mental health treatment because they fear it will affect child custody

The study found that mothers often worry that if they admit they are suffering from a mental illness, another parent, family member or social service entity may determine that they are not capable of caring for their children. At a time when a mother is already suffering and stressed, the thought of losing her children can be an unbearable thought. Many people who may benefit from treatment do not seek help, and continue to try to manage their symptoms in secret. 

Police officers involved in domestic violence crime

When it comes to violent crime, Connecticut residents are surely aware that anyone can be a victim. Despite this knowledge, many people may feel truly shocked by recent headlines that tell the story of two police officers who now stand accused of domestic violence. The incident is a testament to the sad truth that lives can change in an instant when domestic situations get out of hand.

A local Connecticut police department was contacted by police from a neighboring jurisdiction informing them that two of their own officers had been involved in a domestic dispute that resulted in violence. According to reports, the pair had been arguing in their home about possible infidelity, and the dispute turned into a physical altercation. Though both the male and female parties admitted to hitting the other, reports state that the male went so far as to verbally threaten to kill the woman. 

Sudden changes in child custody can cause separation anxiety

Most Connecticut parents would likely agree that even if two parents maintain separate households and are no longer a couple, both parties still want what's best for their children. Often, child custody can be a point of contention between two parents, especially if a new custody arrangement needs to be made in the aftermath of an end to a relationship, such as a divorce. It is common for both parents to have trouble learning to adjust to a new shared schedule, and issues like physical custody, child support and visitation must be addressed. 

Recent research has indicated that while these may indeed be stressful situations for parents, it can be downright traumatic for a child. Often, in the aftermath of a divorce, or a scenario in which one parent is suddenly absent in a child's life, the child can be at risk for developing parental separation anxiety. Children may not understand the circumstances that have caused them to have less contact with one of their parents.