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Why some Connecticut couples divorce after decades of marriage

Gray divorce -- a term used for couples who divorce after the age of 50 -- is on the upswing. Gone are the days when divorce was a bad word. Some Connecticut couples who have been married for decades are breaking with the convention of their generation and divorcing rather than continuing to stay in marriages that perhaps haven't worked in years.

Connecticut divorce: New federal divorce tax penalty

The way alimony is taxed would be changed if a recent tax bill coming out of Washington becomes law. The way things are set up now -- Connecticut included -- is that alimony payments are tax deductible for the former spouse who is paying. The ex spouse who receives the alimony is the one who pays income tax on the funds. But those who divorce if and when the bill becomes law will be privy to a new way of doing things.

Name change after a Connecticut divorce

Many women still take their husband's surname after marriage. In this modern society, some husbands take their wives' surnames, and in some cases, the new couple creates a new name from both their surnames. In any case, when a couple decides to divorce, one partner may wish to change a surname back to one that was used before the marriage took place. A divorce court judge can be asked to restore a person's former surname in most states including Connecticut.

Will spousal support be part of your divorce?

During your marriage, you and your spouse may have pooled your resources in order to keep up the lifestyle you enjoyed here in Connecticut. Now that you and your spouse have agreed to part ways, some financial adjustments will be necessary. Depending on the circumstances, you could either pay or receive spousal support as part of your divorce.

Be sure you feel comfortable with your divorce attorney

Choosing an attorney is like choosing a doctor. If he or she fails to listen to one's needs and desires, a Connecticut resident could end up worse off than he or she was before. When one is getting a divorce, this could be a disaster financially and as a parent.

Planning to divorce? You don't have to rush into court

Making the decision to end your marriage probably required a great deal of thought. Once you made the decision, you may have reacted as other Connecticut residents have in the past, and your fight or flight instincts told you to rush into the divorce process in order to move on as quickly as possible. However, jumping head long into the process without any preparation could cost you in the future.

Couples don't have to use divorce mediation

Facing the end of a marriage is an emotional time. Perhaps making it even more stressful is the barrage of media coverage telling Connecticut couples that divorce mediation is the way the way to go. In fact, the media may actually border on shaming people into feeling as though their divorce will not be successful if they end up in court.

Is your spouse attempting to invalidate your prenup in a divorce?

Before getting married, you may have spent a substantial amount of time working through the creation of a prenuptial agreement. The goal then was to sort out some financial issues and provide a plan for dividing assets and debts should the marriage end. Now that you are in the initial stages of a divorce, your spouse is asking a Connecticut court to invalidate your prenup. Do you know why?

Family law issues: Overcoming an objection to an adoption

Many Connecticut residents have children outside of wedlock. When the relationship with the father of a child ends, the mother may find love again and marry. Her husband may wish to adopt her child, but the biological father may come forward to object. A family law attorney could prove helpful under these circumstances.

Dividing retirement in a divorce? Don't get pegged by the IRS

When Connecticut residents begin building up their retirement accounts at work, they're probably aware that there is a pretty hefty penalty for withdrawing money from it prior to retirement. During a divorce, retirement accounts, or at least a portion of them, could be considered part of the marital estate. Dividing those accounts could lead to a significant financial impact if not done correctly.

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