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When you think about divorce, one of the issues that may pop into your mind is child support. When a couple has a child or children together, there is a high likelihood that one parent will need to pay support. That's the case even when both people are independently wealthy.

Why? It's because the wealth isn't the point. The point is that both parents are supposed to care for and provide support for their children. That means that people worth millions can still receive child support from their spouses.

Prenuptials and alimony: Eliminating the risk

As a young person looking to get married, one thing you may want to know more about is prenuptial agreements and how one could help you avoid alimony in the case of divorce in the future. A prenuptial agreement isn't always easy to approach with your betrothed, but it's a good idea to discuss it before you get married.

A prenuptial agreement has a few benefits that could help both of you. First, any prenuptial agreement has set terms that both parties have to agree to before signing. For instance, if you and your fiance are okay with eliminating alimony in the future, you can add that to your prenuptial agreement. Keep in mind that if your partner feels threatened or that there is no choice but to sign an agreement giving up alimony, then they may seek it in the future and ask the court to eliminate the prenuptial agreement completely.

Changes to U.S. tax laws will affect property division

Divorce is not something most people want to go through, but yet, many people do. Their marriages may break down, or they may think they have no other option because of problems with finances or other factors.

While most people seeking a separation take their time preparing for divorce, going through property division and other arrangements carefully, many are rushing this year. Why? The 75-year-old deduction for alimony payments is coming to an end.

Fathers: Take note of 3 tips to help your custody case

As a father, one thing you might worry about is that the court will have an unconscious bias toward giving the mother of your children custody. The reality is that there is not supposed to be a bias of any kind, but that doesn't mean there isn't. The good news is that you can take steps to make yourself stand out as a great father in court, helping your case for custody.

With these three tips, you can show that you're invested in your child and want to see him or her succeed and be healthy. Here are three things to remember to do:

Alimony: A possible support for ex-spouses

Alimony is something that you may be able to seek during your divorce if you've been supporting your spouse through unpaid labor or if you are the lesser-earning spouse. There are a few different kinds of alimony, but the aim is the same. Alimony can help boost your income.

Alimony's primary form in today's society is temporary instead of permanent. Temporary alimony can be issued for any length of time, but there is usually an end date. For example, if you need to go to school to boost your career opportunities, the judge may award alimony for three or four years while you work to get your career back on track.

These 2 tips can help you get through custody planning

Child custody arrangements aren't always easy for parents to come up with. In fact, custody disputes are fairly common. It's not easy to know that they'll be separated from you, even if they're with your ex-spouse. The good news is that there are ways to cope with this and work through the arrangement of a good parenting plan.

Here are a couple helpful tips for agreeing on a parenting plan. With the right outlook, you can create a plan that works for your kids and gives you time together to build a strong relationship.

Can I keep the family home in my divorce?

Both spouses usually own the family home together as a part of the marital estate. This can leave the question of who will stay in the family residence somewhat unclear. Since a home is usually worth over a hundred thousand dollars — often several hundred thousand dollars — allowing one spouse to keep the residence may not even be possible.

Here are two property settlement scenarios that could apply to your situation if you're in the midst of a divorce and need to divide your shared residence:

2 tips to help you during a high-asset divorce

If you're going through a high-asset divorce, you know that there is potentially a lot to gain or lose. While you may be looking forward to getting away from your spouse, one thing you're likely not looking forward to is the potential for losing many of your assets.

There are tips that can help you avoid a divorce disaster, though, which is great news if you're worried about your case. Here are two tips to keep you in a better position during your high-asset divorce.

What should child support be used for?

You and your ex-spouse may have many arguments, but one that can come to rest is what child support can or should be used for. Child support, by definition, provides support for your child. That support may cover living expenses, medical bills, school fees and other items your child needs to live in a comfortable environment.

Every state has its own guidelines on how much a parent should pay when he or she is ordered to pay child support. The amount is important and should be paid as directed by the court, so the parent who primarily raises the child has the boost in income needed to support raising the child on his or her own.

How does a court determine custody arrangements?

When a child is involved in a divorce, the most important thing is to make sure he or she goes to a safe, supportive home environment with one or both of his or her parents. It's vital to note that a court may overrule either parent's wishes when it comes to custody, even if they've determined custody preferences on their own. This is because a court wants to guarantee a child's safety and that the child's best interests are at the heart of any custody arrangement.

Connecticut recognizes that children who grow up with both parents in their lives do better emotionally and psychologically in most cases, unless there is reason to restrict a parent from the child's life. For that reason, there is a presumption that joint custody is in the child's best interests.

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