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Preparing in advance for divorce can save problems later

In the event of a marriage ending, emotions and logistical responsibilities run high for both spouses. Anyone in Connecticut who has ever experienced divorce knows that details can get missed, sometimes very important things that can have repercussions in the future. That's why some divorce experts recommend developing a "divorce check list" to ensure that all the important bases have been covered before beginning the process. 

Finances obviously come very high on this list. Sometimes, debts can go months or even years without being addressed, simply because no one thought to check on them and they got "lost in the shuffle." Other times, financial information becomes more difficult to obtain, especially if one spouse relocates living spaces. Having a full financial picture before the divorce begins means checking those items off the list. 

Child custody and visitation issues can complicate the situation further. In these circumstances, it is easy not to think of what may feel like relatively minor issues at the time, but that can become very important later on. Spouses with children will need to agree on medical decisions, a custody plan and a host of other child-related issues. Doing so ahead of time can limit the potential for confusion and arguments down the line.

Divorce is not an easy process for a lot of Connecticut residents. This is why it is so important for both parties to be as prepared as possible in advance of the negotiations and any court proceedings. Seeking support from experienced professionals to cover the bases outlined in "divorce check lists" can take a lot of the angst out of a stressful situation. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "How a Simple Divorce Checklist Can Keep You From Making These 10 Common Mistakes", Karen Covy, Oct. 12, 2015

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