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Parenting plans can help ease children through divorce

When Connecticut parents of young children decide to end their marriage, one of the most emotional aspects can be dividing time with their offspring. Child custody and parenting time can be a major concern of both parties who don't want the divorce to become a roadblock to their relationship with their children. Even when the divorcing spouses are very angry with one another, absent situations of abuse, it can be particularly important to protect the children's relationships with both of their parents.

How to end a marriage properly this year

According to a poll from the Independent, as much as 20 percent of couples consider getting a divorce after the holiday season. Connecticut residents that are considering ending their marriages may want to take certain steps to protect themselves throughout the process. One important step is to gather as much financial information as possible. This includes recent tax returns, credit card statements or anything else that may provide clues about a household's financial status.

The use of digital spying during a divorce

Connecticut couples that are considering divorce may be interested in learning that digital tools are increasingly being used by people as a way to gather information about their spouses without their knowledge. Some of these devices, such as GPS trackers that can be attached to vehicles or spyware installed on computers and phones, can alert someone as to whom his or her spouse is talking or where he or she is going.

Financial planning for divorce or widowhood

For married individuals in Connecticut and across the United States, making a financial plan for divorce or widowhood may seem unpleasant or emotionally draining. However, the lack of this type of planning can leave people at risk of severe financial problems in case of the end of a marriage. In fact, one study indicated that a full 65 percent of married individuals do not have a financial plan for divorce or the death of their spouse.

Dividing an IRA in divorce

When couples in Connecticut divorce, asset division is often a primary concern. In many cases, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) may be the couple's most substantial assets. Because of their significance within the marital estate, dividing these accounts can be a complicated process.

When contemplating divorce, whose needs come first?

Married couples in Connecticut and other states who have put the possibility of divorce on the table may question whether they should delay the process for the sake of the kids. If the situation is abusive, it may be impossible to stay. However, when parents believe that they do have a choice, they may simply delay the inevitable by remaining in a marriage that does little to satisfy their yearning for love, fulfillment and intimacy. Parents who are discussing divorce may want to consider the conditions under which it might be appropriate to put their own needs first.

Divorce follows a basic framework from start to finish

Although the issues that drive people to end their marriages may differ, people in Connecticut will navigate basic steps before completing a divorce. Factors such as children, finances and animosity between spouses might complicate matters, but essentially a divorce requires filing, responding, negotiating and agreeing.

Factors that may lead to a divorce

Although there is no way to say for sure if a couple will get divorced, there are factors that may increase the risk of a separation. For instance, if a person in Connecticut or elsewhere is married in their teens or after age 32, they stand a greater chance of divorcing. Age gaps may also a play a role in the success of a marriage as the odds of a divorce increase the wider the gap is.

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