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Received a summons for divorce? You may need an attorney

Getting a divorce in Connecticut may be a frustrating and challenging time in your life. It's hard to imagine years of your life with another person coming to an end, but if that's what you're going through, then you deserve to do all you can to protect yourself and your interests.

When your spouse files for a divorce, you will be served with divorce papers. If you are given documents called Summons, Complaint and Notice of Automatic Orders, then you should address them right away. They may be delivered to you by a state marshal or be left at your home. Your spouse may present them to you as well.

Once you have these papers, you need to respond to them. This is the point when most people get in touch with an attorney. Even if you agree with everything that your spouse wrote in the original complaint, you should still respond. Not doing so means that a judge may rule in your spouse's favor without your input.

Should you work with an attorney on your divorce case?

Normally, it's a good idea to work with an attorney on a divorce case. Why? They know the ins and outs of the laws of Connecticut, and they can help you make the most of your case. They can give you tips for asserting yourself and getting more of your marital assets. Most of all, they're there to protect you against unfair treatment and to represent you in court.

Our site has more on divorce and why you may want to schedule an appointment with an attorney.

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