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Advance preparation for divorce settlements can smooth transition

It is no secret that a separation of any type can be challenging and at times difficult for all parties involved. Many experts agree that preparing in advance for divorce settlement negotiations can help smooth the road towards a quick and equitable end to a marriage. Connecticut residents expecting to seek a divorce are urged to learn as much as possible about the process ahead of embarking on it in order to make sure there are no surprises along the way.

Preparing pertinent paperwork in advance of a court date is a good way to get prepared: everything from tax records to a living will may be required throughout the process. Additionally, identifying financial obligations that will require attention up until the finalization can help mitigate surprise bills. Establishing individual bank accounts and credit cards can also help minimize complicated financial transactions down the road.

Child support is also a huge issue to tackle. Many experts agree that talking both with children and a spouse about the arrangements that will work best for the whole family in advance of speaking with legal representation can make the transition easier for any children involved. Determining costs associated with the familial home, health insurance, tuition and other costs that will influence children can also be beneficial.

Ultimately the key to a successful divorce settlement can often come down to planning. A couple that is well-researched in the ways of the divorce process may have more luck navigating an equitable and relatively quick separation rather than needlessly drawing out the process. Connecticut residents are urged to seek out as much information and support as possible before heading to the courtroom.

Source: Huffington Post, "We're Getting A Divorce, Now What?" Linda Descano, July 29, 2013

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