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Signs that you're a victim of domestic violence or abuse

One of the most difficult aspects of domestic violence is the denial of victims. It can take a long time for a victim to realize that he or she is being subjected to unlawful and immoral behavior. This is especially the case when victims love their abusers so much that they dismiss or ignore the abuse as it gradually worsens.

Consider these things when planning your gray divorce

Not all divorces are created equal. For example, a couple in their mid-twenties without children or extensive assets will have a much different divorce than someone over the age of 50 who owns a house in New Haven and is close to collecting a pension. In other words, if you are getting ready for a gray divorce, there are many things you will have to consider.

Mediation can help you finish a divorce faster and for less money

For many married people, the thought of filing for divorce can be quite intimidating. Almost everyone has heard horror stories about how divorce can end up lopsided and unfair, even when the courts determine the outcome. You may also worry about dragging your kids through a protracted court battle with your spouse. If you can't agree to terms about asset division and child custody, you may believe a court-based divorce is your only option.

Child custody agreements vary in detail

Parents who get a divorce while they have children still living at home will need to work out a child custody plan with the other parent. In the past, these agreements usually followed a formula of one parent having primary custody while the other parent had the children every other weekend and for a couple of weeks during the summer.

What factors into custody decisions in a Connecticut divorce?

One of the most frightening things about divorce is not knowing how the custody battle could play out. Will you and your spouse share custody evenly, or will something happen that prevents you from having time with your children? Most people have heard horror stories about unfair custody arrangements after a divorce. It's natural to worry about could happen to you.

Do you need to modify your support decree?

Finding your feet after a divorce is rarely easy, but for some individuals it takes more time than for others. In many cases, the terms of a support decree may seem fair at first, but once you live with it for some time, it becomes apparent that you simply cannot abide by it. For others, a sudden change in income or a significant, unavoidable expense makes abiding by the terms of the decree very difficult, or outright impossible.

The emotional spectrum that attends divorce

When you make the decision to divorce your husband, you might feel a tremendous sense of relief. This is especially true if there has been some level of domestic violence or control during the marriage. Your overwhelming relief is completely understandable.

Getting married? Consider signing a prenuptial agreement first

More than half of all marriages end in divorce. While you may not want to consider that when you're recently engaged, it is impractical to avoid this truth. You and your future spouse may start your marriage with the best intentions, but life has a way of surprising people. Whether you experience job issues or your spouse eventually has an affair, there are a million reasons why your marriage could come to an end in the future.

Why mediation may be the best alternative for you

No one expects to get a divorce. We don't walk down the aisle with the idea that we will part some day in the future. Our dream is to marry, perhaps have children and grow old together. But people from 18- 80 make the decision to split--and that decision is never an easy one.

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