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Divorce may not have negative health consequences

A great many social science efforts have been focused on examining the ways that marriage and divorce impact an individual's health. Many of these studies have suggested that spouses in Connecticut and elsewhere who marry and then divorce will suffer a range of negative health outcomes, and will fare worse than their counterparts who either remain married or remain single. A recent study, however, asserts that divorce may not have the negative ramifications suggested by previous research.

Addressing a 401(k) during property division

The process of dividing marital wealth can be difficult, regardless of the type or volume of assets that a couple has amassed. Both spouses are aware that the outcome of the property division process will have a great deal of impact on their future financial lives, and both are eager to reach the most advantageous division of wealth. It is important for Connecticut spouses to remember that each property division decision has a set of pros and cons, and that each decision must be made with an eye toward the overall strategy.

Divorce can lead to heart health troubles for women

Most people understand that moving beyond a broken marriage is stressful. Even in cases where divorce is clearly the best option, the end of a marriage is always difficult to navigate. In some cases, the stress surrounding divorce is severe and can lead to a number of health concerns. Recent research suggests that the ill effects of a divorce may be far more pronounced than once thought. For Connecticut women who are preparing to divorce, this information may be of particular interest.

Kids' messages for divorcing parents

In a prior post, we highlighted a few guidelines parents who are contemplating divorce should follow when telling their children about their impending divorce. Essentially, the children should be reassured that you are still going to be their parents, and that they are loved and still part of the family; even though the family will be somewhat different.

Can communication differences lead to disputes?

Ask any successful business person; the key to their success is likely going to be the ability to create and maintain relationships. Similarly, the key to creating and maintaining relationships is likely going to be the ability to communicate. We highlight these keys because they are helpful in having a successful divorce (and post-divorce life).

How random acts of kindness can help after a divorce

If you have been through, or are currently dealing with a high conflict divorce, acts of kindness are probably the furthest things from your mind at this point. However, at some point, the hatred that you feel for your soon-to-be ex-spouse will fade, and life will go on. This means that you will have to continue to live life as well. Because of this, it may be better for you to let pain heal by investing in acts of kindness. 

Can divorce be amicable?

The term “conscious uncoupling” has been all over the news lately thanks to the news of the divorce of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. At first blush, the lingo might seem like new age, Hollywood elite gibberish, but the idea behind it is a worthy one. Going through a divorce in Connecticut can be contentious as both parties hash out the details of child custody, property division and spousal support. Things can get bitter quickly and many cases end up in court when neither side can agree.

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.

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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