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Will your travel for work impact your Connecticut custody case?

For most parents, daily life strikes a careful balance between family obligations and their job. After all, a career is important to support your family, as well as for your own sense of self-actualization. However, you don't want to get so focused on your profession that you miss out on the most beautiful years of your children's lives.

If you have a demanding career, you may have always depended on your spouse to close the gap between when you're available and when your children need a parent there. If you are likely about to divorce, that support from your spouse will probably disappear.

Keeping divorce out of the workplace in Connecticut

There are times when a person's personal life spills over into his or her professional one. It is pretty difficult to keep the fact that one is getting divorced a secret from colleagues at the office. When Connecticut employees find they are fodder for water cooler talk, there are ways in which to manage divorce news among co-workers. A divorce can affect professional life in many ways, some of which include needing to keep lawyer's appointments and possible court appearances.

If at all possible, keep things that need to be done for a divorce separate from work activities. For instance, schedule appointments that have to do with a divorce after working hours or on a weekend or during lunch. If a person's employment involves traveling often, the attorney should be aware so appointments could be set around a travel itinerary. Never use business email for sending messages regarding private matters like divorce, never take personal calls where they're likely to be overheard and be sure to be as discreet as possible at the office regarding this private life change.

Finances in divorce need not be overwhelming

Getting a divorce in Connecticut can be a difficult and emotional experience. Every aspect of one's life is about to change and probably none more than one's financial situation. The divorce rate is about 50% for the baby boomer generation, and many of them went directly from their parent's homes to marriage. Some may not have had the experience of managing a single household. There are steps that can be taken to ease the transition.

For most people, the most important step will be ensuring that there are enough funds available to cover monthly expenses. Some expenses are fixed, and some are flexible. Credit cards are the most flexible, and if one has a shared account it should be closed or changed to a separate account prior to settling the divorce.

Divorce takes time and requires focused participation

Ending a marriage is typically not as enjoyable as getting married, but both take a substantial amount of planning. Divorce can take months or even years to complete, depending on the amount of contention and other factors. As a result, Connecticut residents going through this transition certainly want to help it along as smoothly as possible. 

Fortunately, individuals going through this process can help themselves in many ways. For instance, they can understand from the start that divorce takes a considerable amount of time and effort to complete. Managing time effectively while also taking care of one's physical and mental health through this trying time can seem difficult, but finding ways to do so could alleviate a certain amount of stress many often face.

Talk show host Wendy Williams serves husband with divorce papers

A popular TV talk show host and her husband are calling it quits. Connecticut residents may be familiar with talk show host Wendy Williams, who recently announced that she and her husband of 21 years, Kevin Hunter, are headed for divorce. She issued a statement saying that she and her soon-to-be former husband are working together to end their marriage amicably. They have a 19-year-old son.

Williams was on hiatus from her show due to medical issues, but when she returned just last month she told fans she and her husband work hard on their marriage, assuring fans she and Hunter were still a strong couple. She pointed to her wedding ring and said it wasn't going anywhere in this lifetime. Just weeks later, however, Williams served Hunter with divorce papers.

What happens to a family business when the owners divorce?

Divorce is a time of change and division. All aspects of one's life are suddenly evolving or being divided with the other spouse, and a family business is no exception. When business owners divorce, another item that has to be divided is the family business. There are a few different ways this may be handled in Connecticut.

If the former spouses have the right type of relationship, they may both be able to retain their ownership of the business and continue on as business partners. This is the trickiest option because many former spouses have a relationship that is too damaged to be able to effectively and efficiently work together post-divorce. The couple would have to keep their personal issues out of the workplace and put their business relationship first, which can be difficult -- especially for newly divorced partners.

Common financial mistakes made in a divorce

When going through a particularly stressful time, we can lose perspective on reality, and we may allow our tumultuous emotions to influence our behavior. This reaction to a drastic event such as a divorce is understandable, but it might not work in our favor.

Even though you are probably experiencing anger, fear, heartbreak and resentment, the best thing that you can do is to take a step back. Certain actions could have a negative impact on you financially, and it is important that you are aware of them.

A home is not just a building in divorce proceedings

A home is not just a building; it is a place where memories are made, families are raised and life is lived. When going through a divorce the decision of what happens to the family home can be a very difficult one to make. The thought of leaving the place where so much life was housed can be very emotional. Couples in Connecticut going through a divorce have several options when it comes to determining the fate of their home.

There are times when neither spouse wants to keep the home or neither is able to afford the house on his or her own. In these situations the house is sold and the proceeds are split between the spouses. While it may be emotionally difficult for both parties to see someone else own their home, it allows both the opportunity to start fresh in new homes of their own. This is perhaps the most simple and clear method of settling the home's fate, but care must be made to consider tax repercussions as well as the ability to buy a new home.

Family law: common misconceptions about prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements are one of the most misunderstood aspects of the marriage process. While they have received a bad reputation by the general public in the past, prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut. Although family law attorneys have seen an increase in the number of couples seeking a prenuptial agreement, there are still many common misconceptions about the valuable document.

Many people believe they don't have enough money to worry about needing a prenup; however, prenups are not just for the wealthy and aren't only about money. Prenuptial agreements can specify the details of many different aspects of a separation, including ownership of assets such as homes and pets, child support and alimony arrangements, and business ownership. While there are many things that can be included in a prenup, there are some things that should be avoided. A prenup should be thorough, balanced and fair to both parties, and should not have any unreasonable stipulations; otherwise, it may not hold up in court.

What Connecticut Courts Look At When Awarding Alimony

Alimony is important to each party getting divorced. Whether you think you will be paying or receiving alimony, it is always a big consideration when contemplating filing for divorce.

In Connecticut, alimony is awarded when one party to the divorce makes a significant amount of money less than the other. If both partners make the same amount, don't expect alimony to be awarded unless there is some kind of a special circumstance. However, the usual situation is that one spouse makes a significant amount more than the other and he/she is entitled to alimony. So what do the Connecticut courts consider when awarding alimony? The main factors are: the gap in any wages and assets earned among the spouses, age, health, length of the marriage, the reason for the breakdown of the marriage, several factors re: the earning capacity of the receiving party (can he/she work? does he/she have any experience working?) and any other facts a Judge finds fair on a case-by-case scenario.

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  • Thank you Jennifer for handling my divorce. Everything is going well. Get to spend lots of time so far with my boys that makes me happy. Thanks to you again; I wish you and your firm lots of success from this day forward. All the best.
  • Wendy helped guide us through a very difficult and emotional process and was really able to provide an even and fair account for both parties. It's quite evident in her expertise in this area but the way she was able to make you feel safe and secure in a very insecure time goes far beyond her legal prowess. If the two parties are really willing to cooperate and collaborate, she's there to help gain the best possible solution for all involved, especially if there are children.
  • 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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