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Dealing with student loans during a divorce

Debts taken on during the course of a marriage are generally considered part of the marital estate, and they are divided as part of a divorce just like assets are. This can lead to bitter disputes when the debts in question are student loans. Divorcing spouses may resent making payments on loans that helped their former husbands or wives to attend college, and in states with equitable distribution laws they may not have to. Connecticut is one of these states.

How the Social Security Administration deals with divorce

The Social Security Administration allows spouses to receive retirement benefits based on the contributions made by their husbands or wives if doing so would be advantageous for them, and this eligibility is unaffected by divorce as long as certain requirements are met. In order to receive benefits based on their former spouse's earnings records, spouses must have been married for 10 years or longer prior to divorcing, their former husbands or wives must be entitled to Social Security benefits, their spousal benefits must be higher than their individual benefits and they cannot have remarried.

How does Connecticut rank in divorce rates?

For years, the common and alarming statistic was that half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce. Although there was a period when the divorce rate was nearly that high, it came at a time when divorce had first become widely available and socially destigmatized. Since then, the divorce rate has been declining steadily for decades.

Dividing the family business during a divorce

It can be a challenge for a Connecticut couple to determine how they are going to divide their business during a divorce. The divorce process already has enough emotional challenges on its own. When a couple throws in a business that both of them may have been emotionally invested in, the challenges can skyrocket.

Claiming dependents in a divorce

The ability to claim a child or another dependent on a tax return can have a profound impact on the ability to claim deductions or credits. It can also impact a person's chances of claiming Head of Household status. If there is no custody or similar agreement in place, the IRS will use a series of rules to determine which person gets to claim a person as a dependent.

What may happen to a business in divorce

People who own a Connecticut business may be concerned about how to protect it in a divorce. Some people might choose to create a prenuptial agreement that makes the business separate property, or it might name a certain amount the spouse will receive. Couples who own a business together may want a prenup in which they agree to continue operating the venture even if they get a divorce or in which one agrees to buy out the other. A post-marital agreement can serve a similar function if the couple is already married.

How to get the kids to adjust to two homes after divorce

Divorce causes a lot of stress and emotion for both parents and kids. Helping your kids adjust to their new lives post-divorce may be one of your main focuses. There is no question that divorce will disrupt all family members, but there are ways to make the transition easier.

How do I modify my divorce orders?

In rare cases -- when the decision of a judge was obviously unlawful or unfair -- a divorced person can appeal the decision to try and get it changed. In most cases, when a judge makes a decision, the decision is usually final.

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