Modern Divorce: Emerging Family Law Issues, Trends, and Legislation – B06

Family Law Track
Family Law Section

Session B: 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  

About the Program

As attorneys, part of our responsibility is to keep abreast of local and national family law issues and trends in divorce and family law, including with respect to support, parenting, custody, alternative approaches, and processes, and proposed legislation.   

This annual seminar provides an overview of emerging national trends in family law, the current status of the law in Connecticut, and insights on the possible impact of these trends on Connecticut jurisprudence. This year will include discussion of national trends and practice insights regarding the Uniform Parentage Act, issues pertaining to disability in the dissolution context, important considerations relative to concerns for substance use and/or abuse in family matters, in addition to other current trends.  

In addition, this program will review currently 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. We will discuss the current legislative session, focusing on pending legislation. 

You Will Learn

    • The current legislative climate with regard to Connecticut family law statutes as illustrated by pending and/or proposed litigation.  
    • Interpretation of the larger issues that these bills seek to address, and discuss how those issues – and the current proposed solutions – impact both the family law practitioner and Connecticut families, as well as how said proposals track with national trends. 
    • Review and discussion of the Uniform Parentage Act including national trends regarding same, and the impact it has on family law practitioners, and as relates to changing approaches regarding presumption, surrogacy, etc. 
    • Considerations and issues to watch for when one of the parties has a disability, including issues pertaining to benefit eligibility, benefit treatment, and the treatment and impact on estate plans and planning documents of pending and finalized dissolution action. 


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 onto the next chapter of their lives efficiently and with dignity while always acknowledging the importance of nurturing their children.

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 and the Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Association.

Meghan has been widely recognized for her leadership in the legal community. In 2013, Meghan was named a Hartford Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner, and a Connecticut Law Tribune New 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 from 2015 – present 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.


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