If you are newly single, you may be dreading Valentine's Day this year. The first Valentine's Day after your divorce can be painful and disorienting. But while this holiday may be gut-wrenching at first, you can learn how to make it through it.
Many couples who end their marriages in Connecticut encounter difficulties when dividing marital property. Spouses who own a business together or with other partners, however, have even greater challenges to overcome when preparing for divorce. They need to determine the value of the enterprise and make decisions about selling the business or buying out a departing partner.
When you and your spouse started your business, you probably gave little thought, if any, as to when and how it might end. Now you and your spouse have decided to divorce. Is this the end of the story for your business, too?
For people in Connecticut dealing with family court issues, DNA paternity testing is an increasingly important part of the courtroom landscape. DNA testing is becoming widely popular and accessible in a range of contexts: criminal cases can hinge on DNA evidence, and many people are opting for private DNA tests to learn more about their families and ancestry. Because DNA tests are over 99.99 percent accurate, they can play a critical role in firmly and legally establishing a child's parentage, especially when the mother and the father are unmarried.
In Connecticut and many other states, a child support order is based on the amount of money each parent makes. The financial needs of the child are also taken into consideration. For instance, the parent of a child who has special medical or educational needs may be expected to pay more each month. If necessary, a parent can ask for a reduction in the amount of financial support being provided to the child.
For many families in Connecticut, the holidays naturally bring a certain amount of anticipation and stress. Emotions like these can be further amplified when divorce is part of the picture, especially when children are involved. The increased transfer of kids between homes also creates more opportunities for tensions to arise, but there are certain steps that may help both parents and children enjoy the holidays after a divorce.