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Family law: Steps to take when a paternity test is negative

Sometimes it takes more than DNA to make a father. Sometimes a good father doesn't even share the same DNA with his non-biological child, yet still feels a paternal bond with the child. Family law in Connecticut addresses these types of situations.

If a man should find out he is not the biological father of a child he has been parenting, he, the child and perhaps even the child's mother may feel that he is still the father regardless of what the DNA says. If a man in such circumstances feels like he is in a difficult situation, there are things he could do to help himself such as talking to a lawyer about becoming the child's legal guardian. In the same instance, if the man chooses not to maintain a relationship with the child or the child's mother and was paying support, he could petition the court to get back any child support payments he made.

Prudent things to note about collaborative divorce in Connecticut

The best divorce scenarios happen when the two people involved agree to bring things to the table to discuss them rationally. That might be difficult to do in certain divorce circumstances, but collaborative divorce in Connecticut might save a lot of time and money. Help can be found with attorneys and divorce mediators.

Spouses initially meet separately with their respective attorneys and then together. Other specialists can be brought into the mix such as financial planners, accountants and specialists who deal with child custody issues. Both individuals usually sign a document that stipulates their attorneys will not represent them in court should an agreement not be reached. 

Family law: Connecticut teachers and kids' home lives

Most teachers agree that, if their students' parents are divorcing, it's best if they know about it. Although there is nothing under family law in Connecticut that says parents are obliged to tell their children's teachers should they decide to separate, it may be in the best interest of their children, since kids spend a great amount of time around their teachers, and so they can gauge any changes in behavior. However, very few parents actually do tell their kids' teachers about their home lives.

Yet, parents want to hear from teachers about their children's behaviour as well. If those communication lines are open in both realms, troubling behaviour is more apt to be spotted. A teacher may spot something a parent might not or vice versa. Teachers have indicated that parents aren't burdening them when they make them aware of what is happening in their students' homes.

Paying for college tuition when you are a divorced parent

If you and your spouse decide to get a divorce, you may believe that it will be harder to pay for your child's college tuition. The truth is that a divorce might actually make it easier because your child may now be eligible to obtain additional financial aid.

Every family's situation is different, but usually, when you file for financial aid, the custodial parent supplies his or her salary for review. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is the specific form used to determine if students qualify for federal aid.

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.

One of the reasons many of these couples give as the main reason why they decide to divorce is simply because they have grown apart. After the children leave the nest, some couples realize they no longer have much in common. Age is cited as another reason. Some people reach a certain age and begin to question things and such soul searching might lead to rebooting life as a single person.

Is saving your business a divorce priority?

Some couples who choose to divorce before staying married too long or having children together truly do not understand how simple they have it. While no divorce is exactly easy or simple, and every divorce costs something, divorces between middle-aged couples with older children often prove exceptionally difficult to negotiate fairly.

One of the primary issues at hand is that the assets and liabilities held by couples at this point of their lives are usually far more complex than those that younger couples without children have to consider. This is especially true if one spouse own a business. 

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.

Under the proposed plan, alimony would come out of dollars after tax and the recipient of alimony funds would no longer have to pay tax on the money. The move would increase the amount of tax divorced couples would be paying overall. The payer usually is in a higher income bracket and consequently is in a higher tax bracket.

Family law in Connecticut: A solid parenting plan can do wonders

With a solid parenting plan, a divorcing couple is on the right path to parent their children in a positive manner even amidst the most stressful circumstances. Family law in Connecticut strives to give parents the means by which they can be good parents to their kids even as separate individuals. A parenting plan is a legally binding document that spells out certain particulars of the lives of children of divorce such as where and with whom they'll be living.

A parenting plan could also include such things as how much time the children will be spending with each parent, who gets the children on certain holidays and just how the co-parenting dynamic will play out. It can be tailored to suit each family's individual dynamic. A plan could even spell out how to introduce a new partner to the children.

Is saving the business a priority in your divorce?

Some couples who choose to divorce before staying married too long or having children together truly do not understand how simple they have it. While no divorce is exactly easy or simple, and every divorce costs something, divorces between middle-aged couples with older children often prove exceptionally difficult to negotiate fairly.

One of the primary issues at hand is that the assets and liabilities held by couples at this point of their lives are usually far more complex than those that younger couples without children have to consider. This is especially true if one spouse own a business.

Connecticut family law: Making great co-parents after divorce

Children often bear the brunt of many emotions when their parents divorce. A divorcing couple could spill their emotions onto their children. However, Connecticut family law provides tools for parents to become successful co-parents even when emotions are raw and unsettled. Instead of all the don'ts associated with divorce and how to move forward to parent children, psychologists recommend focusing on the do's.

There is some co-parenting advice that can be applied to most families who are experiencing divorce. Firstly, it is incredibly important that both parents are there for their children both physically and emotionally. Kids need to spend time with both parents and need them to be there emotionally as well. Secondly, each parent should talk to the kids about the divorce and what it means -- that they will always be loved and supported; that they will always be safe and that they will always be free to talk about their feelings with both parents. If parents can speak to their kids together, that's even better.

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