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The marital home and property division in a divorce

Although Connecticut uses the principle of equitable distribution to address marital assets during a divorce, the issue of the family home may be decided based on important factors in the relationship. Children are an important consideration if the court is to decide who keeps a home. Issues such as domestic abuse may also play a role. In some cases, a couple may arrive at a plan for dealing with the home without a judge's involvement. In other instances, the court may have the final say in the matter.

What are the different types of alimony?

Alimony payments in Connecticut can take a variety of forms depending on the couple's financial situation at the time of the divorce. In some cases, the court may grant temporary alimony to support one of the parties during the divorce proceedings. This normally occurs if it will be a long time before the court finishes the divorce proceedings and it anticipates an award of permanent alimony. Every case relies on the judge's discretion to decide if it warrants temporary alimony.

Child custody matters in Connecticut

Custody decisions may have lasting implications for both parents and children, making it important to have reliable information and assistance as you deal with the issues. Whether a child custody case results in connection with a divorce or between unmarried parents, the situation could become contentious as parenting time, support and other decisions are addressed. It is important that both your child's interests and your concerns be voiced firmly and effectively.

Joint custody concerns in Connecticut

Connecticut courts can choose to award custody of a child to one parent, two parents or a third party. Matters of child custody are supposed to reflect what is best for the child in any given situation but also account for the rights of the parents. In many cases, courts award joint custody, allowing parents to share responsibility and decision making for their children. Joint custody would also include arrangements for where children will live and with whom.

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