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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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Modifying Alimony in Connecticut

Protecting Your Interests Through Premarital Agreements

We receive a lot of calls for premarital agreements this time of year.  One repeated issue we face is the lack of time from the call to the wedding date.  Ideally, a premarital agreement should be drafted at least three to four months prior to the wedding date.  The process of preparing a valid and …

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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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