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The Recent Increase of Young Female Divorcees

Although generally, divorce rates are down across the board, there is a new trend developing involving the rise in young female divorcees.  Twenty something’s are realizing that they have rushed into marriage before they were ready or have married the wrong man.   Forty percent of brides who marry between the ages of 20 and 25 can anticipate divorce as compared to 27% of those who wait until they are older. According to relationship counselors there seems to be an increase in the number of confident, smart successful woman who appear to be motivated to get married as soon as possible. ...

Dogs in Domestic Violence

Pets are many times the silent victims of domestic violence.  They can not fight back and research has shown that up to 71% of battered women report their pet was harmed or killed by their partners.  In October 2007, Governor Jodi Rell, signed into effect a law which permits courts to issue orders of protection for animals owned or kept by victims of family violence, stalking or harassment.  The orders may prohibit respondents from injuring or threatening to injure the family pet.  Many victims of violence stay in an abusive situation for fear of what will happen to the animal...

Take the car – I want the dog

Connecticut divorce law currently treats pets as personal property and therefore, unless specific arrangements are made in an agreement or judgment concerning the pet, there are no laws to protect your rights where the dog or pet is involved.  Therefore, if the parties can not come to terms with who will keep the dog, you will need to include a settlement agreement which covers care and custody of the pet.  If a judge finds the agreement to be fair, he or she can make it a part of the final divorce degree, which can be enforced under law.   If the...

Dog Bites

These days, people treat in an emergency room approximately 800,000 times per year because of dog bite injuries.  Many of the dog bites involve children.   There is a strict liability law in Connecticut which holds a dog’s owner or keeper liable for any damage caused by their dog to a person’s body or property.  Unless the damage was caused by a person committing a trespass or other tort, teasing, abusing or tormenting the dog, liability is clearly and strictly put on the dog owner or keeper.  Further if a child under the age of seven was injured, it is presumed,...