More Connecticut couples whose marriages are ending are turning to mediation to help them make decisions about many common divorce issues. Even those with contentious child custody or property division issues may benefit from choosing mediation instead of litigation.
As many Connecticut residents may know, the process of pursuing and completing a divorce can be costly. According to one report, some couples may spend between $15,000 and $20,000 during the proceedings. However, there are some ways that an individual may be able to dissolve a marriage without incurring unnecessary fees.
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas recently announced plans to divorce. However, the difficulties they face in deciding who gets custody of their dogs highlights an emerging issue in divorce cases in Connecticut and around the country. Due to their daughter's age, Banderas and Griffith don't need to worry too much about child custody issues. However, determining who gets custody of their pets is another matter. According to sources, Griffith hopes to retain custody of the couple's three dogs.
Roughly 50 percent of American marriages, including those in Connecticut, end in divorce, and about 62 percent of American households include pets. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, many recent pet custody disputes reach courtrooms. Dogs are the most frequently disputed animal, but other types of pets are the subjects of disputes as well. Sometimes, they are used as bargaining chips in divorce.
Baseball fans from Connecticut may be interested to learn that Frank McCourt, the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, recently filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife. According to the report, McCourt is seeking approximately $2 million in legal fees after she contested the terms of their divorce settlement, erroneously. A hearing was set for March 12.
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.
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.