Although Massachusetts has passed "alimony reform" recently, the section opposes attempts to limit the amount or duration of alimony. It's also not keen about creating common law marriage in Connecticut, or "covenant marriage" which would add premarital counseling, pre-divorce counseling, or separation periods and waiting periods before a no-fault divorce could be granted.
The Family Law Section also opposes any requirement that arbitrators in dissolution of marriage matters be attorneys admitted to practice in Connecticut. On due process grounds, the section opposes legislation that would encourage children to express their custody preferences confidentially to the judge.
The CBA's legislative point man is William Chapman, a 25-year veteran lobbyist in Rhode Island and Connecticut, who has been serving the association since 2007.
He has previously lobbied in Providence for high speed Internet providers, vehicular natural gas, and even two of Rhode Island's governors. As the government and community relations administrator, Chapman is currently keeping an eye on over 200 bills of interest to the CBA and its sections.
While his work can involve debating his position over the points of his opponents, Chapman said he enjoys explaining why his position is "the right one."
His favorite part of his job "is the daily interaction with the people who affect legislation that in many cases will help people."