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Domestic violence and financial abuse often go hand-in-hand

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, financial or economic abuse is present in 98 percent of relationships where domestic violence occurs. Of course, women and men who aren't in physically abusive relationships can also be victims of financial abuse. Many of them don't even realize it until it is too late.

Sometimes, that realization comes when the marriage ends. The spouse (usually the woman) finds that she has no money or credit of her own. Meanwhile, her credit rating may have been decimated by her spouse's activities. In some of these relationships, the husband doesn't allow the wife to work or gets her fired by disrupting her workplace. Therefore, she has no immediate earning power of her own and difficulty finding employment.

Talking about child support and child custody at once

Child support and child custody are sometimes linked after a divorce in Connecticut. For example, if one parent has custody all of the time, the other parent may be asked to pay more in child support since that first parent has to give up time, effort and much else. This is seen as a way of balancing things out.

Of course, this also works the other way around. If a parent works hard to even things out as far as custody time is concerned, the amount of support required could go down. As a parent, you may want to take this relationship into account.

Why is planning for divorce significant in drafting a trust?

No one wants to plan for divorce. However, in some cases, it makes good financial sense. This is particularly true if a spouse has significant or even sentimental assets that he or she wants to protect if the marriage should end. That's why many people draw up prenuptial agreements and even postnuptial agreements. Another area where determining what will happen if you and your spouse go your separate ways is important is when drafting a trust.

Some married people draft their trusts to stipulate that their spouse will be removed as a beneficiary or trustee when a divorce filing is made. Others have the trust set up so that the spouse is not removed until the divorce is finalized. The difference can be significant.

Some things to prepare for as a divorced Connecticut parent

All conscientious Connecticut parents who divorce try to make the situation as painless as possible for their children. However, they are bound to experience some degree of sadness, confusion and stress.

Their relationship with both parents is likely to change, and parents will experience new challenges as they adjust to this new family dynamic. Whether you are the children's primary caregiver, you have 50/50 custody or you only see your children on weekends and holidays, there are some things you just need to expect and to learn how to deal with.

How gender may play a role in property division during divorce

Determining the division of property in a divorce can be one of the most time-consuming and potentially adversarial aspects of the process. This can hold true whether the divorce is mediated or goes to trial. Psychologists have found that what items and other assets matter most to the each of the two spouses involved, and even how they negotiate, can be impacted by their gender.

One study discussed something called the "endowment effect." This means that when people perceive that they own something, whether they legally do or not, they value it more. This tends to happen with physical objects like cars, furniture or other items in the house that they can touch.

Domestic violence charges can impact divorce, child custody cases

It is not uncommon for allegations of domestic violence to arise during a divorce or child custody battle. When someone accuses a spouse, ex-spouse or partner with domestic violence, law enforcement agencies and the courts usually err on the side of caution. This means issuing temporary restraining orders on the person accused of abuse to protect the other person in the relationship as well as the children.

An accusation of domestic violence can cause people to have to vacate their home, lose access to their children and even spend time in jail. If a restraining order is issued against a spouse, it can help the other one in future court proceedings.

Walmart heiress's husband seeking monthly alimony in 6 figures

Here's something to think about the next time you go shopping at your neighborhood Connecticut Walmart. The granddaughter of James "Bud" Walton, one of the company's founders, could be on the hook for $400,000 (before taxes) per month in spousal support to her estranged spouse.

Paige Laurie filed for divorce almost a year ago from Patrick Bode Dubbert. The couple, who were high school sweethearts, married in June 2008. During their years together as husband and wife, according to Dubbert, he got used to the kind of lifestyle that one would expect a Walmart heiress to live. Dubbert, who reportedly owned a shopping center with his wife in Malibu, California, says it will take him some time to find another job.

Connecticut candidate has history of unpaid child support

When a parent does not pay child support, he or she can face financial and criminal penalties. It can also harm that person professionally. Connecticut state Senate candidate Richard DeJesus is seeing his reported failure to pay child support come back to haunt him in the run-up to this month's election, even though his ex-wife has come to his defense. DeJesus was tapped by Bridgeport Democrats to run for the 23rd Senate District in the Feb. 24 special election.

According to a memo from Connecticut's Department of Social Services back in 2006, "The defendant has refused or neglected to support the children as provided by law." DeJesus and his wife, who divorced in 2005, have three children.

Making sound financial decisions during your Connecticut divorce

Recently, we discussed the various tax impacts on newly-divorced people. While it's always best if you can work together to minimize the tax burden on both of you, it's also important to get other financial advice as you go through this relationship transition.

Too many Connecticut residents make decisions in the midst of a divorce out of anger, hurt or other emotions. However, when finances are involved, it's best to have a clear head and sound financial guidance so that you don't end up doing something that could cost you later on, long after the emotional wounds have started to heal. One personal finance expert lists some important financial tips for anyone contemplating or going through a divorce.

Tax considerations for newly-divorced Connecticut residents

When you're in the midst of a divorce, chances are that one of the last things on your mind is how it will impact your taxes. Well, now that tax-filing season is here, it's time to think of how this important change in your life will impact your taxes.

Whether you are in the midst of a divorce or it has already been finalized, it's probably a good idea to see a tax professional even if you have always filed your own taxes (or your spouse has). You don't want to make any mistakes, and you want to ensure that you get any tax benefits due you.

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