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Big changes to 1 spouse's appearance could be a sign of divorce

There are numerous "signs and symptoms" of divorce. One sign that your marriage could be coming to a close is difficult to miss – a lack of communication and emotional and physical intimacy. However, it's common for couples to go through ups and downs when it comes to their relationships like this. What might not be common for a "healthy marriage," however, is when there are communication and intimacy breakdowns that are accompanied by radical adjustments in one spouse's appearance, activities and habits.

In many cases, before spouses decide to formally bring their marriages to a close – regardless of whether this behavior is conscious or not – one or the other spouse will start to change his or her appearance in preparation for single life. For example, one spouse might start going to the gym, getting plastic surgery, revitalizing his or her wardrobe or engaging in any number of appearance-improving activities.

When should Connecticut parents avoid joint custody?

Many Connecticut parents agree to joint custody arrangements for their children. Often, these custody agreements involve the children living half the time with Parent A and half the time with Parent B. It's a good way for the kids spend the maximum time with both parents. In addition, joint custody provides some relief to the parents, giving both parents a break from their responsibilities each week.

Even though family psychologists tend to support these healthy parenting arrangements, there are some circumstances in which they can be disastrous. Here are a few situations when joint physical custody might not work that well:

4 facts to focus on when you're trying to avoid paying alimony

Some individuals want to pay their ex-spouses temporary alimony, especially when their marital break-up was amicable and they still care deeply for their exes. However, in most Connecticut divorce cases, the so-called "moneyed" spouse does not want to continue supporting their ex-spouse financially.

If your ex is seeking alimony, you'll want to focus your case on the presentation of four important facts. The more of these facts that you can show the court to be true, the better chance you'll have of not being ordered to pay alimony to your spouse:

How do long-distance parents spend time with their children?

Not all parents are lucky enough to live in the same state as their children. These so-called "long-distance parents" will struggle to maintain a constant sense of connection with their kids via social media, video chats, text messages and regular phone conversations. These parents will also want to include in their parenting plans a way that they can spend extended periods of time -- usually during school summer vacations -- with their children each year.

Summer vacation time is a boon to long-distance parents in this regard. Most long-distance parenting plans, for example, will include a designated six to eight week period when the children will fly to the other parent to temporarily live in his or her home. This offers a great opportunity for the parent and children to bond with one another and perhaps go on a trip or two together.

How child support in Connecticut is determined

If you are going through a divorce and expect to have primary custody of your child, you may be interested in obtaining child support. Child support is a biweekly or monthly payment that goes to the custodial parent for the child's needs. This payment is made by the noncustodial parent.

If you want to seek child support, your attorney will help you understand the Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines, which are the regulations that dictate how much a person pays in support. Support amounts are generally based on the combined income of both parents and the number of children who require financial support.

Understand child safety during international divorces

An international child custody dispute is one of the most complicated. Interestingly, the number of international marriages is increasing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The trouble with international marriages is that they can end like any others. When they involve children, the end of an international marriage can become extremely harmful to everyone involved. Both parents may not wish to stay in the same country, and the children may be forced to travel back and forth between countries if they wish to remain with both parents at one point or another.

How does economic standing affect a marriage?

Many people know that one of the problems people encounter in marriage is trouble with money. What is less obvious is that being rich can actually increase your risk of getting a divorce. That divorce, like any involving many assets, is complicated.

Statistics have shown that earning more can actually stew trouble in a marriage. When economies are on the rise, the number of divorces usually follows suit, also, even though you would think they would decline due to less money-related stress.

Alimony is a support for ex-spouses when they need it most

Alimony can be an important part of a divorce settlement. For instance, if you have been a stay-at-home mother for many years, you may not have had the chance to build up your career. The career you had in the past may have advanced to a point where your old skills do not meet the needs of employers.

For someone in your position, temporary alimony plays a vital role in your life moving forward. It may be used to help you go back to school for training or to help you with costs associated with living independently and obtaining a stable job.

Woman charged with felony after kidnapping her son

If a parent interferes with another's custody rights, they can be held responsible. In some cases, parental kidnapping charges are filed, threatening the parent's right to see the child at all or without supervision.

An Oct. 10 report describes a woman fleeing with her child after she was limited by child welfare agents to only weekly supervised visits with her son. She now faces felony charges for kidnapping him from a local Plainville daycare and attempting to flee to California.

Child support: Do you have to follow state guidelines?

If you and your spouse can work out child support payments on your own, then you should know that you don't necessarily have to go by the state's guidelines. However, it's important to know how much your child should get and why.

Most people who pay child support pay out around 17 percent of their income for a single child. This raises for each additional child. For people with lower incomes, coming up with 17 percent of their income for support could be difficult, and the courts do have special arrangements for those who qualify. However, no one should really go without paying support in some way.

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