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Why consider mediation?

Divorce is often treated as a competition. Something both parties do their best to win, with the outcome decided by a judge. But it doesn't have to be this way. Divorce doesn't need to be a struggle between you and your ex. You have options.

A divorce alternative that is gaining popularity in Connecticut is mediation. There are benefits found in mediation that don't exist in a traditional divorce. A few of these include:

What happens when your ex-spouse stops paying child support?

You would do anything for your child. They deserve to not only have their needs met, but also feel supported. When an ex-spouse stops paying child support, it may become difficult for your child to succeed. Perhaps your ex's payments helped pay for piano lessons, soccer gear, dental braces or outfits for school. This sudden breach in the agreement can produce harmful drawbacks. What should you do if this happens?

Is your spouse hiding assets during your divorce?

You and your spouse have filed for divorce, and one day you notice a payment from your joint checking account to what appears to be a financial adviser. The only problem is you've never heard of or met this financial adviser.

And that makes you wonder - could your spouse be attempting to hide money or assets?

Divorce and special needs children

All children are unique. Therefore, each child responds to divorce differently. Reactions can vary depending on the age of your child. For example, emotional maturity affects the way they cope with change and possible conflict. It is important that parents concentrate on more than just the legal responsibilities of divorce. Additionally, parents should spend time helping the child adjust. For children with special needs, decision-making becomes even more complex. 

How to tell if your spouse is hiding assets during a divorce

Divorce is often filled with distrust, and sometimes this distrust is well-founded. In some situations it is all too easy for a spouse to hide assets, especially if that person has been managing the household finances alone. However, if you suspect your spouse is hiding assets, there are several signs you can look out for and actions you can take to protect your interests during a divorce.

Pay attention to financial statements

Simple tips to ease the stress of asking for a divorce

The stress of asking for a divorce may be reason enough for you to reconsider. However, if you realize this is the best thing for you, nothing should stop you from taking action.

Here are five simple steps you can follow to ease the stress of asking for a divorce:

  • Prepare for everything: Think long and hard about how your spouse will react. Also, plan for the unexpected, as you never know if they'll do something out of the ordinary.
  • Choose the right time and place: It's a very important conversation, so selecting the right time and place is important. You know your relationship better than anyone else, so use this knowledge to decide when to sit down and discuss your feelings.
  • Don't back down: You go into the conversation with the idea of asking for a divorce and pushing the process forward. Don't back down because of something your spouse says.
  • Don't talk about the details of your divorce: Asking for a divorce is just the start. From there, you have to hash out details related to property division, alimony, child support and child custody. There is time for this in the future, so don't assume that you have to cram everything into the initial conversation.
  • Don't be combative: Even if the conversation is tense, turning it into an argument is a bad idea. If you're unable to avoid a serious argument, it's best to walk away and consider your next step.

Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Of 2017 Impact On Divorce

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, or TCJA, signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, has taken tax policy concerning family support in divorce back to the first half of the last century. The TCJA reversed seventy-five years of tax treatment of alimony. Alimony is a cash support payment made periodically for a specific duration and usually from income earned by one former spouse paid to another as a result of dissolution of their marriage (divorce) or legal separation.

Child Custody Disputes & Putting the Children First

As a matrimonial attorney for nearly 34 years, it never ceases to amaze me the little regard people often have for their children during the dissolution process. I say this because, too often, I see mothers and fathers using their children as pawns or as ammunition in the war against their spouse. While the party may believe that he or she is acting in their children's best interests, in fact, the opposite is true. The long-term impact of divorce on the family and children can be devastating. As the father of two daughters, I have experienced firsthand the challenges of being a parent. It is not easy, no matter the children's ages, and requires two parents working together. It is possible to continue to present a common front as parents during a divorce if only parties recognize that they have only one shot with their children to get it right and that there are no second chances.

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