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November 2013 Archives

Collaborative divorce leads to healthy co-parenting

In most cases, a dad in a contested divorce dispute is told by family law mediators that he will lose a majority of child custody rights and property division rights to mom, and he will also be expected to pay a hefty child support each month. This can lead to a feeling of hopelessness for divorcing fathers, but fortunately there is a remedy on the rise. Collaborative divorce and co-parenting are both holistic approaches to uncontested divorce that are gaining recognition in the mediation system as an alternative the gender-based process.

Rupert Murdoch's high-profile divorce settlement

According to insiders, media titan Rupert Murdoch is finalizing the terms of his divorce from his wife of 14 years, Wendy Deng Murdoch. Connecticut residents may not have known that among their high-asset real estate holdings, the Murdochs own a vineyard and mansion in Bel Air worth $29 million, a penthouse apartment on Fifth Avenue purchased for $44 million from Laurance Rockefeller, and a Beverly Hills estate.

Bristol Palin's ex seeking joint custody of son

Fairfield County residents who have custody agreements in place with their former partners may be interested to learn about Sarah Palin's daughter's recent custody dispute involving her son. According to sources, Bristol Palin was originally given primary physical custody and joint legal custody of her now 4-year-old son. Now, three years later, the boy's father says that he would like his son in 'his mother's and father's lives equally."

Close all joint accounts after divorce

People in Connecticut who are going through divorces might want to make sure that they close all joint accounts that they hold with their former spouses to prevent problems from occurring later on. Even after couples are divorced, creditors may continue to pursue both of them for debts that they accumulated during the marriage. The same goes for debts that are incurred on joint accounts after they divorce as well.

Ways to save money during a divorce

When a couple is going through a divorce, managing finances is often a concern for both spouses. In Connecticut, spouses may be awarded permanent alimony. A spouse who wants to avoid making payments for the rest of his or her life may wish to come to an alternative agreement with the other spouse and also save on legal fees. Being frugal during a divorce proceeding may be of interest to both parties. From keeping a friendly tone during negotiations to taking care to accurately report income to the court, there are many ways to save money during a divorce.

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