Connecticut fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers may be familiar with Frank McCourt, the team's former owner. McCourt split from his wife of nearly 30 years, Jamie McCourt, in 2012. As part of their divorce settlement, Jamie was awarded $131 million, and she also was awarded ownership of several of the luxury homes the couple owned together. However, in their divorce agreement, the couple added in a somewhat unique clause stating that if either of them later chose to challenge the agreement in court, he or she would be responsible for paying the other's court costs and attorney's 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.
Many Connecticut couples who are in the midst of divorce proceedings may bristle at the thought of remaining on good terms with their soon-to-be exes. Other couples, however, have decided to follow in Gwyneth Paltrow's footsteps by separating through "conscious uncoupling." This is essentially an amicable split where the two people still consider themselves to be family while they are not actually together as a couple.
Connecticut parents facing divorce may also be considering mediation to work out child custody and visitation issues. One thing those parents may not think about is how to best prepare themselves for the mediation itself. Parents may wish to consider whether they can agree on any points prior to the start of formal mediation. If this is possible, it may make the entire process of mediation go more smoothly.
A subject that may interest Connecticut residents, asset protection in divorce, is addressed in a recent Forbes article. Prenuptial agreements are one way people protect their assets from possible division at divorce, but these may be contested. Even if a prenup is upheld in court, litigation to defend it can be expensive.
Spouses in Connecticut pursuing a high-asset divorce may be interested in former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer's divorce, legal documents from which were recently obtained and reported by media sources. According to those documents, Spitzer's ex-wife will receive a lucrative financial package thanks to the couple's postnuptial agreement. The couple filed for divorce in January 2014.
Many Connecticut readers contemplating divorce may have concerns about their spouse potentially attempting to hide assets. If assets are hidden or otherwise unknown during a divorce, it can be difficult for one party to secure an equitable divorce settlement. However, it may be possible to determine if these assets exist by using information from a number of different sources.
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.
Whether someone is married or divorced in New Haven, both scenarios will affect their tax liability. Some important tips citizens can keep in mind when filing an income tax return at the end of the year can help decrease the stress of tax time.
Connecticut residents who follow the lives of some of the major players in Washington, D.C., might be interested in the recent Podesta divorce proceedings. Tony and Heather Podesta were once one of the most intriguing and formidable married couples inside the Beltway. As super-lobbyists, he was a Democratic operative at one time and she was a Democratic Hill staffer. His brother was the White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton's presidency and is currently President Obama's counselor. They lived in Kalorama, had quite an art collection and hosted ostentatious parties.