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We help Connecticut parents with relocation issues

Many Connecticut residents relocate over the course of their adult lives, whether to a neighboring state like New York, all the way across the country or even abroad. As mergers and acquisitions of companies increase, many employees find themselves having to relocate in order to keep their jobs. Some people who lose a job and find employment prospects dim relocate to be near family who can help support them or where they have a better chance of employment.

However, when you are a divorced parent with one or more children, a relocation for any reason can be problematic. Whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, moving can be extremely disruptive to the family dynamic that you and your ex-spouse have developed since you went your separate ways.

Consider the kids when making holiday child custody arrangements

Recently, we talked about how ideas for handling the holidays as a newly-single person. Now, we're going to focus on what it's like for children who are spending their first holiday season without their family under one roof and how to make the season happy for them after what has likely been a stressful, unhappy year.

Children of newly-estranged or divorced parents are likely fearing what their holiday season will be like -- not just for them but for their parents. They may be concerned about one or both of their parents spending important holidays alone and feel some guilt about that.

What can make a Connecticut prenuptial agreement invalid?

Prenuptial agreements are becoming an increasingly common part of couples' pre-wedding rituals. They can be particularly important for those going into a marriage with personal and/or business assets they want to protect. However, even couples just starting out may want to codify things like who is responsible for debts or how wealth accumulated after the marriage will be divided if they split up.

However, a prenup is only worthwhile if it is done correctly and will hold up in court. There are a number of reasons why a prenup may be deemed invalid. Some of these things are pretty basic, like having it in writing and signed by both people. However, others are more complex and have been known to leave people without the financial support they hoped to ensure for themselves by having the agreement.

Handling the holidays in Connecticut as a newly-single person

The holidays can be a stressful time for all of us. However, if you're going through a divorce or are newly-divorced, this time of year can be particularly depressing. Many people will be seeing relatives and friends whom you may not have seen since the break-up or not even know about it. Some will be going to holiday events alone or spending some of the holidays without their children for the first time.

Here are some ideas to make the holidays more than something to just "get through" without your once-significant other at your side. No matter what you decide to do for the holidays, remember to look ahead to a new year and a new life.

Man accused of dumping soon-to-be ex's car in river surrenders

Divorces can get ugly, and sometimes innocent cars suffer. That's what happened here in the Northeast earlier this month.

Police in Pennsylvania say that a man took his estranged wife's 1990 Corvette from her home, drove it to the banks of the Delaware River and sent it plunging into the water. According to a witness, the man got out of the car before it went into the water.

How can you keep your Connecticut home after a divorce?

Among the biggest issues for a couple splitting up is who keeps the house and how that person affords the mortgage on his or her own. Connecticut property values, as our readers know, can easily run into the upper six figures if not higher.

Many Connecticut homeowners require jumbo mortgages. As one Connecticut mortgage company executive notes, this is anything above the $417,000 maximum backed by the government. The ability to refinance a jumbo mortgage after a divorce is at least as dependent on a person's income as on one's assets. This means that it may be difficult, if not impossible, for one spouse to afford the home on his/her own.

Divorce, custody battle may impact multiple companies

Sometimes, divorce battles can have an impact far beyond the couple and family involved. One particularly nasty fight playing out in a New York court may have ramifications for two biotech companies and their stockholders.

The divorcing couple are a healthcare investment banker for a unit of Leucadia National Corp. and his wife. She is seeking custody of the couple's two daughters as well as $7 million. She has claimed in court papers that her husband is an unfit father because he has led a "Wolf of Wall Street-"type life filled with illegal drug use and general debauchery. She has named chief executive officers of two biotech companies as participants in the activities in which she claims that her husband was the "ringleader."

Why is settling your Connecticut divorce out of court best?

Although we'd never know it from the coverage of some high-profile divorces with couples fighting it out in court -- not to mention in the media -- over money and child custody, the vast majority of divorces do not go to trial. Experts estimate that over 90 percent are settled out of court, even when the financial stakes are high.

Family law attorneys say that for a number of reasons, it's preferable for a couple to settle their divorce outside of a courtroom. For one thing, a divorce trial can be a stressful and emotional experience. It can also be costly.

Connecticut juvenile law issues require experienced guidance

One of the most frightening things that can happen to most Connecticut parents is the prospect of losing custody of a child. Sometimes, an ex-spouse or other adult in the child's life makes an accusation of abuse or neglect. The Connecticut Department of Children and Families is often involved when these accusations are made.

Divorces and other disputes between spouses can get ugly and vengeful. It's not unusual for one parent to accuse the other of abusive or neglectful behavior towards a couple's child. However, proof of this behavior must be presented for a parent to lose custody. Even if a child has already been removed from a parent's custody, our firm can work to help a parent regain custody. Further, under Connecticut law, anyone who knowingly falsely reports child neglect or abuse can be fined or even face prison time.

Connecticut laws guide child support calculation and modification

For Connecticut couples with children who are going through a divorce, child support is often a primary focus of the process. Connecticut's child support guidelines are based on a number of factors. These include both parents' incomes as well as things like medical and daycare expenses.

Since these guidelines are mandatory and based on a specific formula, the process of calculating the amount of child support owed is easier here than in some states. However, it's still essential that it is determined accurately and that both parents accurately report all of their income. We help ensure that our clients' rights are protected, whether they are paying or receiving child support.

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