Emerging Family Law Issues and Trends- B05

Family Law Track
Family Law Section

Session B: 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

About the Program
Get updates on local and national family law issues and trends in divorce and family law, including support, parenting, custody, alternative approaches and processes, and proposed legislation. Learn about the possible impact of these trends on Connecticut jurisprudence. The developing issues discussed will include the tension between freedom of religion, parental autonomy, and the best interests of the child; creating a presumption of joint of equal custody; trends regarding the treatment of retirement benefits funded and/or received in lieu of social security; and a review of national trends pertaining to dissolution of long-term marriages, “gray” divorce, and related issues.

In addition, this program will review pending Connecticut House and Senate bills that relate to family law, highlight the trends that this pending legislation seeks to address, and discuss potential effects of this legislation on marital and family law practitioners and the families they serve.

You Will Learn 

  • How the legislative session impacts marital and family law practitioners
  • How courts in Connecticut and other states strike the balance between a parent’s right to freedom of religion with children’s best interests
  • About the establishment of a presumption of joint or equal custody
  • About treatment of social security alternatives benefits in dissolution cases in Connecticut and other jurisdictions


Seth J. Conant, Freed Marcroft LLC, Hartford

Attorney Conant has focused his entire career as an attorney on family law. To him, the most important part of his job is helping families move to the next chapter of their lives efficiently and with dignity while always acknowledging the importance of nurturing their children. He has two children of his own, who he describes as “very, very cool” and who others have described as being his exact look-alikes.

Seth earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law. Seth is a member of the Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Association, and has completed advanced training in collaborative divorce and mediation.

Seth is a frequent presenter on divorce and other family law issues at continuing legal education seminars.

Meghan Freed, Freed Marcroft LLC, Hartford

Meghan focuses her practice on family law.  She is particularly experienced with alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, is a graduate of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and has supplemented her formal legal education with advanced training in mediation. She is a member of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.

Meghan has been widely recognized for her leadership in the legal community.  In 2013, Meghan was named a Hartford Business Journal 40 Under Forty winner, and a Connecticut Law TribuneNew Leader of the Law. She was included on the New England Super Lawyers® Rising Star list in 2013 for general litigation, in 2014 for her estate planning work, and again in 2015 for her family law work. In 2014 the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) named her one of 40 Women for the Next 40 Years.


 1.0 CLE Credit (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)