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.
The end of a marriage brings a wide range of changes for all involved. For Connecticut spouses who share children, there is a lengthy period following the divorce in which everyone must adjust to the realities of moving from one household to two. This can be a difficult transition for all, but can be especially trying for fathers, who are statistically more likely to receive visitation as a result of the custody and visitation agreement or court determination.
Although you may generally assert alternative legal theories in a case, the law does not usually allow arguing and establishing one position in one case and then asserting an opposite argument in a separate, later case. That tactic was tried by a woman in a same-sex custody case recently, and it led to her losing the case. The reported case is not a Connecticut child custody case, but the principles are instructive and influential here.
For many Connecticut parents, meeting their monthly child support obligation has become increasingly difficult in recent years. A sluggish economy and slowly recovering job market have left many parents struggling to make ends meet. While the vast majority of non-custodial parents have the intention and desire to provide for their children, there are cases in which conditions out of their control have made it impossible to sustain pre-existing levels of child support.
Connecticut fathers who are paying child support may have heard of a new service offered in New York. The owner of a brick-and-mortar DNA and drug testing clinic has taken to the streets in an effort to drum up new business. For some fathers, this service could be instrumental in settling any existing doubts concerning whether they are, in fact, the father of the children for whom they pay support. In calculating child support, evidence that disproves paternity can make all the difference in court.