Thursday, March 9, 2017

No-Fault versus Fault Divorce in Connecticut

Kieran J. Costello is a partner in the Law Offices of Costello, Brennan, and DeVidas in Fairfield, Connecticut. Attorney Costello focuses his practice on personal injury and family law, including divorces, child custody matters and support cases.

Connecticut is a no-fault state with regard to divorce. This means that neither party is required to assign blame to the other for the marriage's dissolution. One way to file for a no-fault divorce is to claim an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This simply means that both parties must assert that there is no chance for reconciliation. Although both of these options are available in the state of Connecticut, some parties do choose to apply for a fault divorce. This requires one of the spouses to claim there are one or more specified grounds for divorce, which range from adultery or willful abandonment to acts of intolerable cruelty, such as physical abuse. A spouse also has grounds for divorce if his or her partner is confined to a mental institution for more than five years or is imprisoned for a particular crime, especially any that draws a sentence of life imprisonment.

Monday, February 27, 2017

DVCC Peaceworks Prevention Education Project

Family lawyer Kieran J. Costello is an attorney, partner, and owner of the Law Offices of Costello, Brennan and DeVidas, PC, as well as an adjunct professor of law at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Since 1993, Kieran J. Costello has volunteered his legal services for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center of Stamford/Norwalk (DVCC), which provides resources for victims of domestic violence and their children. 

Established in 1998, the DVCC comprises over 50 attorneys, educators, and counselors who provide medical and legal advocacy, as well as support services such as education on how to maintain healthy relationships. Through its PeaceWorks Prevention Education Project, the organization teaches children in pre-K through twelfth grade how to cultivate healthy interpersonal relationships and how to peacefully resolve conflicts. The program also focuses on empathy, tolerance, and self-awareness skills that can contribute to the prevention of bullying and classroom violence. 

PeaceWorks implements an age-appropriate and interactive curriculum designed to complement what students are already learning. By reaching students early with relevant and engaging educational content, the program hopes to prevent interpersonal violence rather than react to it.