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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.

I'm going through a messy divorce - what documents do I have to give to my spouse? What documents does my spouse have to share with me?

Figuring out how much property a married couple owns and getting an accurate picture of the family finances is an essential part of the divorce process. The procedure for gathering and providing this information to the other side is known as "discovery." There are several ways to obtain discovery. The first is by way of a request for disclosure and production where the parties ask for certain items from each other. Another method is through interrogatories, which is a list of questions that you send to the opposing side. Sometimes depositions are used in divorce cases. During a deposition, sworn testimony is taken from a party and any witnesses involved, and anything said during a deposition can be used in court. A written list of facts, known as admissions of facts, is served on a party asking that party to either admit to or deny each fact.

Family law: Marriage contracts can strengthen relationships

Marriage contracts can actually make marriages stronger. Under family law, Connecticut couples are able to fashion either pre or postnuptial contracts that open the lines of communication regarding issues that could cause problems in the future. When a couple approach a marriage contract with the notion that having one means they want the best for each other no matter what happens, it may be accepted as a necessary part of the financial aspect of the relationship.

Family Law: Why prenuptial agreements are important

Prenuptial agreements are becoming more and more common for the average American. Once thought to be only for the wealthy, prenups are now common in family law courts all across the country, including Connecticut. There are many benefits to having a prenup, and the rich and famous aren't the only ones with interests to protect.

Family Law: Britney Spears to pay more child support

Celebrity divorces are often very different than the divorces of the rest of the population: assets are often much larger, and the public lifestyle causes special circumstances. The basic terms of their divorces are, however, the same terms that must be settled by all navigating the family law process. One of the most important terms that must be agreed upon, whether the couple is in California or Connecticut, is child support. Britney Spears and ex-husband, Kevin Federline, have just reached a settlement that will modify the terms of their child support agreement.

Family law: Is a prenup a recipe for a happy marriage?

Prenuptial agreements don't have the stigma attached to them that they used to have. In fact, these contracts, which are under the family law umbrella in Connecticut, can actually serve to make a marriage happier. All couples who tie the knot believe that they have found their lifelong partners. That's not always the case, however, so a prenuptial agreement is a safeguard for the "what if it doesn't work out" of marriage and doesn't have to be a romance wrecker. 

Family law: Divorced parents and disciplining children

Raising children can be hard even when both parents are living in the same household. But when parents are divorced and the kids are shuffled between two abodes, issues surrounding discipline may crop up. Even if Connecticut parents have issues between themselves, when they put those on the back burner and focus on their children's best interests, it may be much easier to co-parent using family law guidelines, and that includes what to do when it comes to correcting children's untoward behavior.

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).

Family law: Child discipline in Connecticut

The American Academy of Pediatrics tells parents that spanking isn't a positive form of disciplining a child and suggests it should be avoided. Under family law in Connecticut there are no hard and fast rules about disciplining children. Apart from not using excessive force, however, there are suggestions. Helping children to control their behavior with appropriate tools at various ages may be the key.

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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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