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Family law: What happens to kids when in high conflict situations

When parents argue in front of their children, they may be creating harmful, long-term effects. Connecticut family law has the best interests of children at heart and children in the middle of a high-conflict divorce may be emotionally injured just as badly as if they were being physically hurt. Children's brains react differently than adult brains and for them witnessing their parents horribly fighting can feel just like being at the center of the negativity.

The prefrontal cortexes of children's brains are less developed than those of adults, and as such, being around parental conflict may actually seem to them like they're in the line of fire. This is the reason many children interpret parental conflict as a direct affront on them. In many circumstances, it can actually lead children to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

Actress Ava Amurri and husband head for divorce after 8 years

Actress Susan Sarandon's actress daughter Ava Amurri has separated from her husband of eight years. The couple, along with their two children, recently moved into a renovated, historical home in Connecticut, but they are apparently heading for divorce. Amurri and Kyle Martino are expecting their third child.  

The couple has a 5-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son, and another son is on the way. In a joint statement the couple said their family is headed in a new direction and have decided to lovingly part ways as a couple. They say they are committed to raising their children together, citing they are close friends who respect each other. The two had been in therapy prior to conceiving their third child, but made the decision together to part ways as a married couple.

When can I modify a child support order in Connecticut?

Going through a separation and no longer living with your child is a tough transition to go through. You likely worry about maintaining the connection that you once had with your child now that you no longer spend all of your time under the same roof. If you are paying child support, you may be struggling to keep up with payments, or you may be wondering if you are paying too much.

If your circumstances have changed since the initial child support order was put in place, it may be possible for you to file a petition to modify your child support payments. In many cases, you may experience a lowering of your child support obligations. The following are some of the circumstances in which it may be possible to modify your child support order in Connecticut.

Child custody: Regaining parental rights in Connecticut

There may be nothing more devastating to a parent than not being able to have a relationship with his or her child. Yet, parents going through a divorce sometimes face horrible child custody fights resulting in one losing custody of his or her kids. Connecticut parents who do lose custody of their children have some avenues to regain that custody -- with the help an an experienced lawyer. 

Parents can lose their parental rights for various reasons. A judge likely ruled it is in the children's best interests to be in the care of one parent over the other. Other variables can include the incarceration of a parent, abuse, neglect, domestic violence or mental health issues. It is up to a parent who loses custody to show the court that his or her circumstances have changed. In many cases, a judge will ask a parent to conform to certain stipulations such as taking parenting classes, seeking counseling, completing an addiction program and doing repairs to the spaces children would be occupying.

Pressing through the financial issues during a divorce

Making ends meet today can be pretty tough. It usually takes two incomes to live reasonably comfortably, so when a Connecticut couple makes the decision to divorce, looking at the financial picture is a necessity. Most likely each person will be moving forward independently on one income and that means the more knowledge each has about the law and finances, the better.

In a divorce situation, assets as well as debts must be divided. Often deciding who will be responsible for what debt is more difficult than dividing assets. A rundown of what is owed and to whom is necessary for the couple to be able to manage their debt and their finances independently. Obtaining independent credit reports might help the process and any debts that can be paid off, should be. 

Tips for a less stressful divorce

No couple gets married with the intent of eventually ending the marriage. However, this is exactly what happens to nearly half of all married couples in the United States these days. It goes without saying that divorce is one of the most difficult and stressful life events that a person can experience. For those in Connecticut who are going through a divorce, these tips may help make this an easier transition.

Divorce is commonly a highly emotional and intense experience and it can be a challenge to maintain respect for a soon-to-be ex-spouse. The first instinct is to fight it out in court and win at any cost. However, this should be avoided. A lengthy court battle will only result in added physical and emotional stress and could potentially be devastating financially. Try to enter this process with a desire to remain civil with the other party.

Family law: What it takes to adopt a child in Connecticut

When a couple or single person is in the position to welcome a child who is not biologically related into the family, it is a joyous occasion. Those Connecticut residents who choose adoption may wish to speak with an attorney experienced in family law before formally entering the adoption process since having some knowledge of the law can ease any stress that may accompany it. Those wishing to adopt a child in Connecticut must make the decision regarding what kind of adoption they would like to pursue: domestic or international adoption; whether they want a newborn child or an older child; or whether they want an open or closed adoption.

Before an adoption is complete, prospective adoptive parents in Connecticut must meet certain standards. They must complete a home study course that assesses their preparedness to adopt; they must complete an Adoption Planning Questionnaire and complete an Adoptive Family Profile, which tells pregnant women who will be placing their babies for adoption about available families. These days, most adoptions are open, meaning the adoptive parents and biological mothers (and sometimes fathers) meet each other or at least communicate with each other.

How Connecticut couples can keep things amicable during a divorce

Couples making the decision to end their relationships often do so with a range of emotions -- from sadness to hurt to anger. Connecticut couples going through a divorce are able to do so (even when emotions are running high) in an amicable way for the emotional welfare of each individual and for any children they share. There are just a few things to remember about keeping things civil.

Coming to the realization that divorce has an impact on everyone involved is essential. When a spouse understands that his or her former partner is also likely experiencing stress -- in other words, putting oneself in their shoes -- it may make for some increased empathy. Understanding, too, that when children see that their parents are making the best of what is likely a sad situation for them, it might help kids to more easily come to terms with a new living situation.

Some fathers claim mothers favored in child custody cases

When a couple divorces or separates there are a host of issues about which decisions must be made. For those Connecticut couples who have children, child custody is one of the most important decisions there is. Many fathers, however, have been claiming that they're getting the short end of the stick when it comes to their kids after they've parted ways with their mothers. 

Many divorced men feel like the system has let them down when it comes to their children. A number of men claim they are not getting the same rights when it comes to issues like child custody and child support. They believe the law looks upon women as being the better caregivers and so it is more difficult for them to get fair treatment in the court system. The men say they're often dealing with old-fashioned judges who believe custody should be given to mothers.

Getting an appraisal is a smart step in your Connecticut divorce

Ensuring a fair outcome in divorce isn't a straightforward process. There are many unique considerations that you need to reflect upon to protect yourself. From determining what assets are separate property to creating a comprehensive list of all the assets you've acquired during marriage, there are many steps you can take to improve how fair the asset division process is.

Putting a price on certain assets can be difficult, while others are more clear cut. For example, your retirement account has a fixed financial value. Other assets, including items whose values fluctuate over time, may be harder to put a price on. You probably think you know the value of your home. You pay taxes on it and probably even have a mortgage. However, the amount of your mortgage may not represent what your home is currently worth.

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  • Regardless of how committed one is to the fact that divorce may be imminent and necessary, it is truly one of the most emotional and stressful situations one can experience. It can also be daunting. Wendy has a remarkable ability to cut through the noise and help you focus on the big picture while drilling down on what is most pertinent to your particular situation., they are a formidable team who work collectively with your best interests in mind.
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