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Talking to your kids about divorce

Facing divorce with children is rarely easy, especially if your children enjoy a positive relationship with both parents. For many parents, the difficulty of not knowing how to approach the matter with their children serves to postpone divorce and makes it that much more difficult than it has to be when the time does eventually come to discuss it with the children.

Should a Connecticut couple actually celebrate their divorce?

As little as 40 years ago, a couple splitting up was talked about it hush-hush tones. Today, albeit sadly, divorce is pretty common and doesn't have the stigma attached to it like it once did. In fact, there are some people -- in Connecticut as well -- who actually celebrate their new-found freedom by having a divorce party. It can also be a way for them to pay homage to the marriage, no matter how long it lasted.

Children feel the effects of divorce into adulthood

It doesn't matter how old children are, when their parents split up -- it's hard and it hurts. Divorce of parents is something Connecticut children, along with all kids, may carry with them their entire lives. In fact, the author of a book about adult children of divorce says she was shocked to learn, during her research, that many children carry that pain into adulthood even if their parents had so-called good divorces.

How Connecticut parents can help their kids through divorce

Giving divorce news to children can be heartbreaking. But as difficult as that is likely to be, it's important that both parents in Connecticut to share the burden together even if they find it nearly impossible to be in the same room with each other. Having both parents tell them about the divorce is what's best for the children. Telling them plainly and simply and without malice so they will understand is the best bet. Simply saying that mom and dad can't live in the same house anymore may be all that's needed for a child to get it. 

Helping Connecticut kids get through divorce on a positive note

Children often bear the heaviest stress when their parents split up. Divorce is neither pleasant nor easy for any family members who are involved. But there may be things Connecticut parents can do to make the transition to living life in two households easier for kids. Helping children to adjust may also help parents to do the same for themselves.

Family law: At what point can a child be left at home alone?

Leaving a child at home alone may make a parent's heart race. Family law rules in Connecticut and other states make it clear that there is an appropriate age to leave children at home alone for short periods of time. Authorities in all areas agree that kids age 7 or younger should never be left alone and always need supervision. In most other respects much hinges on the maturity level of the child(ren).

Child custody in Connecticut: When a custodial parent dies

Losing a parent is devastating to a child. But when that parent is the custodial parent according to a child custody agreement coming out of a divorce, it can be even more life-altering for a child in many ways. The law in Connecticut has proper procedures in place when it comes to who will take on the caregiver role of children who lose the parent with whom they were living. In many cases, that role reverts to a noncustodial parent, grandparents or other relatives.

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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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