New Haven Family Law Blog

Understanding domestic violence law in Connecticut

Everyone has the right to feel safe around the people with whom they live or have relationships. Unfortunately, many relationships with family or household members involve aspects of violent behavior, coercion or manipulative threats.

If violent, threatening or harassing behavior has been perpetrated by a family or household member toward you, it's imperative that you make sure to gain the protection to which you and your dependents are entitled.

Do you qualify for a child support modification?

If you're required by the court to pay child support in Connecticut, you must do so in full and on time every month. Not only does this keep you in good standing from a legal perspective, but it goes a long way in ensuring the well-being of your child or children.

There may come a point when you can no longer live up to the terms and conditions of your original child support order. For example, if you lost your job and have no income, you may not be able to make your monthly payment.

Don�t overlook the benefits of a postnuptial agreement

As you move closer to your wedding day in New Haven, you may discuss the benefits of a prenuptial agreement with your partner. While some people decide to create this legally binding document, others put it on the backburner and never proceed.

Once you're married, the opportunity to create a prenuptial agreement is gone. However, you're not out of luck, as a postnuptial agreement can do the same thing.

Do you have to worry about your ex moving with your kids?

After a divorce, your most pressing concern will, no doubt, be preserving your relationship with your children. Most times, the courts prioritize maintaining both parental relationships in a divorce. That usually means that the parents will share custody. However, anything from a pressing work schedule to lack of interest can result in an uneven allocation of parental rights and responsibilities.

If your ex has more parental authority than you, you may feel as though your relationship with your children is on shaky ground. It is common to worry about whether your ex will suddenly cut you off from visitation or worse, relocate somewhere far away so that you won't be able to see your kids frequently.

Common mistakes when creating a prenuptial agreement

You hope to spend the rest of your life with the person you marry, but you realize that something could happen that results in divorce. There are many ways to protect yourself, with a prenuptial agreement among the best.

Discussing and creating a prenuptial agreement is never easy, as you don't want to give off the vibe that you're already thinking about divorce.

Gray divorces: With a variety of factors, they can be impactful

Over time, gray divorces have been given many names, including "Silver Splitters" and "Diamond Divorcees." What all these refer to are divorces of those who are 50 or older or those who have been married for between 20 and 30 years.

Gray divorces have their own particular complications, as the people involved in them are not young and have acquired, in many cases, a high number of valuable assets. What they choose to do moving forward in the divorce could significantly impact them for the rest of their lives.

6 warning signs of divorce: Keep an eye out for these

Deep down inside you know if you're happy with your marriage or need to make some type of change. If you're thinking about asking for a divorce, there's something wrong with your marriage and you need to deal with it accordingly.

It's common to have mixed feelings about your marriage. One day everything is fine, but the next you run into problem after problem.

Divorce mediation: Answer these questions to understand the price

As you inch closer to divorce mediation, it never hurts to learn more about the process. The knowledge you collect can help you make more informed decisions, which could save you time and money.

Here are five questions to answer:

  • What is the role of the mediator? While this person doesn't have the same power as a family law judge, they can assist with things such as: facilitating communication between both individuals, asking individuals to explain their stance when applicable, providing information about the family law system and sharing alternatives for solving a dispute.
  • How long does the process take? There's no simple answer to this question, as it depends on many factors, including the willingness to compromise and cooperate. The first meeting is when both individuals meet with the mediator to discuss the issues at hand. From there, additional meetings, which typically last one to two hours, are meant to push the process forward.
  • Are you required to go to court after mediation? Generally speaking, you don't have to spend any time in court as long as you're able to resolve all your issues during mediation.
  • Are you on your own during mediation? Even though it's different than litigation, it doesn't mean you're on your own from start to finish. You have the right to work with a family law attorney, as this ensures that you make sound decisions that won't negatively impact you in the future.
  • Is it possible to mediate when you don't get along at all? It's easy to believe that mediation won't work, especially if you and your spouse are not seeing eye to eye on any issues. Even so, mediators are skilled at bringing people together, despite their differences.

Co-parenting challenges that you’re sure to face

Co-parenting is one of the most difficult things you'll ever do. Even if you have the best intentions, you never know what approach the other parent will take. This is why you must prepare for every possible challenge that could come your way.

While there is no way of knowing what the future will bring, here are five co-parenting challenges that could stand in your way at some point:

Creating the right parenting agreement is a big deal

A divorce isn't something you hope to go through, but if you find yourself in this position, it's best to take all the right steps at the right time. This is even more important if you have a child with the other person, as you need to keep their best interest in mind throughout the process.

Creating the right parenting agreement is a big deal, as this will keep everyone in line in the future. With this in place, both parents, as well as the child, will have a clear idea of what to expect and what's to come.

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