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Whether you are initiating or being served divorce papers, and there are usually a lot of documents for you to review.  There are pleadings and orders and affidavits, oh my!

These are necessary in every family law matter. It is important to make sure you read every document thoroughly, even the fine print. For example, in Connecticut, there is a document filed called the Notice of Automatic Court Orders which applies to both parties.  If you have an attorney, he or she will likely review this with you, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to understand this document. The courts hold pro se litigants to the same standards as represented parties/attorneys and it could be detrimental to your case if you do not read (or do not understand) some of the pleadings.

Specifically, the Notice of Automatic Court Orders provides each party with a list of actions in which that they cannot partake.  This document states that you cannot close accounts, take your spouse off any existing medical insurance, or change the beneficiary of an existing policy. If you look at this document, it may be easy to skim over and feel like you do not need to read it thoroughly, but that is a big mistake.

It is the client’s duty to read through all of the documents and understand them.  If you have any questions regarding any document you are presented with, you should absolutely contact your attorney’s office for clarification.

Here at Wolf & Shore Law Group, we are here to assist you with all of your documents and help you understand what your obligations are, and what documents/pleadings you need to file as well.  We urge our clients to review all documents we provide and we are always here to assist you with any questions you may have regarding them.

If you need assistance in your matter, contact us today for a confidential consultation! We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or

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