Connecticut movie buffs have probably heard of Terrence Howard because his film credits include "Hustle & Flow," "Iron Man" and "The Butler," but Howard claims the movie business has not provided him with a lavish income because of a divorce settlement. The actor recently said he cannot pay spousal support for $325,000 to his second wife because a majority of his income goes to pay his support obligations to his first wife and their children.
Many Connecticut readers are probably aware of the power of social media. Now, some agencies are using it as a tool to track down deadbeat parents who have not been making required child support payments.
Couples in Connecticut and across the nation who are considering divorce may be interested to know that even if a couple considers themselves separated, they may not be viewed as separate entities by lenders. Even if an individual no longer lives with his or her spouse, that spouse may be able to claim ownership of any property purchased before the divorce is finalized. In addition, the debt that a couple jointly holds may be included in any mortgage that an individual tries to get.
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.