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6 Common Myths and Misconceptions about Prenuptial Agreements

The venue is booked, the flowers are ordered, and both you and your fiancé are counting down the days until you both say “I do.” At this point, some couples wonder whether a prenuptial agreement should be part of their marriage preparations as well. Many couples consider the creation of prenuptial agreements as a “doom …

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5 Key Differences Between Collaborative and Litigated Divorce

Even the most amicable divorces have potentially contentious issues, such as child custody and division of marital assets and debts. Collaborative law is an alternative dispute resolution process that allows you, your spouse, and your respective attorneys to work as a team to resolve them instead of confronting each other in court. Below are five …

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What Connecticut Courts Consider When Ruling on Child Custody

Child custody is a central issue in family courts throughout the United States, and Connecticut is no different. Under ideal circumstances, a divorcing couple will negotiate their own agreement regarding custody and visitation, but if the break is a contentious one, chances are that custody will be another matter that they fight over. At that …

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Moving Away With Your Children After Divorce

After a divorce, it is not uncommon for parents to consider relocating.  An estimated 25% of parents move away with their children within the first two years after divorce.  These parents do not necessarily move because they want to make it difficult for non-relocating parents to spend time with their children.   More often, these parents …

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Checklist For Couples With Children: Important Issues To Consider When Creating A Parenting Plan

When couples with children divorce or separate, they need to create an arrangement for the care of their children that best meets their needs. In child custody, that arrangement is known as a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a written agreement between parents that lays out their rights and responsibilities in regards to the …

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Protecting Your Interests Through Premarital Agreements

For many engaged couples, the thought of signing a premarital agreement may seem unromantic and even unnecessary. However, these pre-marriage contracts, which protect a couple in case of divorce or death of a spouse, are no longer advisable for only wealthy or famous individuals. Today, many couples can benefit from entering into a premarital agreement. …

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Equitable Distribution: A Brief Look at the Division of Property in a Connecticut Divorce

The division of marital property is one of the greatest challenges divorcing couples must face.   Figuring out which property you get to keep and what will go to your spouse can be very stressful and even confusing. Many people believe that all assets and debts will be divided equally; however, this is often not the …

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A Few Things to Consider Before You Move Out of The Marital Home

A divorce is often a highly stressful event, and continuing to live in the same home with your spouse may seem unbearable. During this turbulent time, it is common for one spouse to either volunteer or be asked to move out. While it is understandable to want to move out to avoid conflict (especially where …

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