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Cordell & Cordell Opens New Office In Hartford, Conn.

Cordell & Cordell new officesCordell & Cordell recently announced the opening of a new office in Hartford, Conn. This is the firm’s first office in Connecticut and seventh new-office opening in 2017 as the firm continues to expand in an effort to help men and fathers across the country through divorce.  [Read more…]

Warrant for arrest dropped after child support payment from selectman candidate

The publicizing of child support violations can be detrimental to the standing of an individual in society and can severely limit their prospects. Men may not be looked at in the same way if that private matter is made public, regardless of the validity of the claim.

A candidate for selectman in Harwinton, Connecticut, was cleared of failure to pay child support charges, as Jon A. Truskauskas paid $3,735 to the court after allegedly not knowing the payment was due, according to the Waterbury Republican-American.

“If I had known, I would have done something about it immediately,” Truskauskas told the news source. “After I was told about it, I checked the judicial website and went to the court myself to resolve this. I am 100 percent compliant, all paid up through mid-February.”

The candidate also noted that his situation shouldn’t be publicized and it was a personal attack against him, despite claims from other members of the board of his being a good father, reported the Republican-American.

The Register Citizen reported that his campaign signs were also vandalized.

Ex-NFL player argues wife lied during alimony negotiations

Bob Simms, a former linebacker in the National Football League, has entered a new arena to battle his ex-wife in a fraud lawsuit, The Associated Press reports.

Simms, who played for the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1960s, filed a lawsuit against his ex-spouse Donna Simms claiming that the woman and her lawyers did not disclose an inheritance worth more than $350,000 when alimony settlements took place during their divorce.

The case will soon be heard by the Connecticut Supreme Court, although the news source reports that a date has not been set for the hearing.

While Donna Simms’ attorneys could not be reached for comment regarding the newest chapter in this divorce case, one of her lawyers told the AP in June that “this was an extraordinarily bitter case that’s been going on since 1979.”

The June case, heard at the Appellate Court, ruled 2-1 that Simms could not sue the lawyers because of their absolute immunity from civil lawsuits, according to the news source.

Bob Simms, a graduate of Rutgers University, played in the NFL for three seasons, from 1960 to 1962. He is 73 years old and currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Connecticut collects 300 million in child support over the year

Connecticut collected more than $300 million in child support payments in fiscal year 2011, ending June 30, the Hartford Courant reports.

The payments were collected voluntarily from non-custodial parents as well as through garnished wages, contempt proceedings, tax refunds, unemployment benefits and other methods, such as drivers’, professional or occupation license suspension, the office of Attorney General George Jepsen told the news source. Nearly 9,000 cases were collected for, while another 15,000 are still pending.

The office said it was pleased to work on behalf of Connecticut’s children by collecting $250 million that went directly to families, $40 million to reimburse the state for public assistance benefits and $50 million for custodial parents outside of the state.

According to Connecticut’s Judicial Branch, courts work to make fair and consistent child support arrangements through the Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines, a mathematical formula that uses the combined income of the mother and father as well as the number of children involved.

Child support payments can change, however, as the financial circumstances of the custodial and non-custodial parents evolve.

Conn. budget cuts create child support fee

As a result of a string of state budget cuts, the state of Connecticut announced that custodial parents who receive child support will now have a small fee deducted from those payments to cover federal fees, according to published reports.

Although the state has typically taken care of the $430,000 annual fee, budget woes have forced Connecticut to transfer those costs to state residents. The Associated Press reports that under the new system, parents who receive more than $510 a year in child support will have $10 deducted from those payments, while those who receive more than $525 will have $25 removed.

Notices have reportedly been mailed to parents who will have to pay the fee.

Officials from the State Department of Social Services told the AP the fee will help cover expenses connected to locating parents, establishing paternity and enforcing child support rulings.

About $3.8 billion was provided to the states by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in fiscal year 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the Administration for Children and Families.