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Dealing with divorce

For Connecticut couples whose marriages are breaking down, it may be unpleasant to think about the divorce process. However, developing a good understanding of the way divorce works is key if a person is going to move smoothly through the process. Each person's divorce will undoubtedly be different, but most divorces share some common procedures. It's easy to think divorce is something that will be over and done with quickly, but it actually takes a significant amount of time. Almost all divorces share the step of property division. This includes property that the couple acquired after marriage, but it usually excludes gifts and inheritances. Even if one or both members of the couple has a prenup, property may still be considered for division, depending on the circumstances of the marriage.

Property division may become complicated when it comes to the couple's home. Often, one spouse moves out and the other retains ownership of the house. If both spouses want to keep the house, then it may be left up to the court to determine who is allowed to keep it. When a couple owns multiple properties, they may be divided between the two. Absent an agreement between the parties, Connecticut judges will follow equitable distribution principles and divide the marital property in a manner that is deemed fair.

Aside from property division, child custody and alimony may be the two biggest elements of divorce. Child custody is decided by a court, and it tends to be in the best interests of the child. However, parents who disagree may appeal decisions, which can make the process take longer. Alimony may be awarded if there is a major income gap between the spouses - in these instances, it can make it easier for the spouse with lesser earnings to transition to single life.

For those dealing with divorce, the process may seem unduly complex. However, consulting with a lawyer who has family law experience may be helpful.

Source: Nerd Wallet, "Divorce: Making Sense of the Confusion", J. Kevin Stophel, June 03, 2014

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