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Preparing for divorce in the new year

It is generally known that January has been deemed "divorce month" by some attorneys, given the high number of people who choose to wait until after the holidays before formally beginning the divorce process. Even in the midst of the holidays, however, it's a good idea to prepare ahead of time for an upcoming divorce in Connecticut. Here are some things to keep in mind. 

Updating wills, trusts and other pertinent paperwork is important before divorce proceedings begin. This can save time and energy further down the line. This is also true of updating finances: closing joint credit cards, creating a financial profile for both individual spouses and possibly even securing the support of a financial advisor to ensure that assets and debts are in order ahead of time. 

Seeking emotional support, while not vital to the process for everyone, can also be helpful. Divorce is a very emotional experience, particularly if children are involved, and residual anger or guilt can cause roadblocks once the process is underway. Seeking the support of a counselor during a tumultuous time can help in working through feelings, allowing one to have a clear head during divorce negotiations. 

Ultimately, there is no one right way to conduct a divorce as each individual and couple are unique. However, preparedness is a good rule of thumb for any divorcing couple. Knowing each person's rights and responsibilities and preparing for them ahead of time can save time and money during the process itself. Those in Connecticut confronting these issues will find that there are a number of attorneys in the area who are well versed in handling family law matters.

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Essential New Year's Resolutions for Your Divorce", Diana Shepherd, Dec. 30, 2015

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