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New Haven Family Law Blog

Divorce mediation doesn�t mean you�re on your own

The thought alone of divorce is enough to make you sweat. As you close in on the process itself, your level of stress is sure to rise.

Fortunately, there are many ways to ease the tension associated with divorce in Connecticut, such as opting for mediation. When compared to litigation, this is a more time-efficient and cost-effective process. Not to mention the fact that the informal setting will help put your mind at ease.

There are many reasons to ask for a prenuptial agreement

Once you decide to tie the knot, you'll find it difficult to contain your excitement about the future. However, as a responsible adult, you must consider the fact that not all marriages last forever.

The creation of a prenuptial agreement is one of the best ways for both you and your spouse to protect yourself in the event of a divorce.

5 ways to prepare your finances for divorce

As you prepare for the divorce process, it's critical to focus a good amount of attention on your finances. Neglecting to do so can lead you to additional challenges in the future.

While there is no right or wrong way to prepare your finances for divorce, here are five steps you can take to give yourself peace of mind:

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.

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