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There are things you can do to reduce complication during divorce

Divorce is a complicated process for every member of the family. You may have to move, your relationship with your children may change and you will have to make financial adjustments. It's stressful and emotionally challenging, especially as you consider that you will have to co-parent with your spouse once this process is final.

Thankfully, you can do some simple things to ease the difficulty of divorce. While divorce is never easy, it is possible to walk through it with a perspective that allows you to see the end goal clearly and pursue a final order that is reasonable and sustainable for years to come. This is especially important as you seek to provide stability and security for your children.

Is your Connecticut co-parent turning your kids against you?

If you are one of many Connecticut parents who recently filed for divorce, you might also be among those who are struggling to resolve child custody issues. When you decided to end your marriage in court, you no doubt expected the decision would have a significant impact on your children's lives. What you might not have expected, however, was that your ex would systematically try to turn your kids against you.

Parental alienation is a serious problem in many child custody cases. It's understandable you'd feel hurt and betrayed if the person you were once married to intentionally tried to impede your parent/child relationships. It's critical that you have a clear understanding of your parental rights and that you know what to do to protect them.

The many ways a car accident can change your life

There are many ways a car accident can change your life. In an instant, you may find yourself dealing with serious injuries and damage to your personal property that can be quite significant. The aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming physically, financially and emotionally, even if your injuries are not traumatic or the damage is minor.

Every accident is different, and every person will experience different things after a crash. If you are a victim of a motor vehicle collision, you may find it helpful to learn more about the different types of injuries and what you can expect from recovery. If you do have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim, you can seek appropriate compensation that will allow you address your recovery needs and secure what you need to move forward.

What are the benefits of drafting a postnuptial agreement?

When you married, you were not thinking about the potential for divorce. It's also likely that you did not have the financial resources you have now, but years later, things have changed, and you are wondering if you need some type of legal protection. It may be too late to draft a prenuptial agreement, but there are still options available to you. 

A postnuptial agreement works in the same way as a prenuptial agreement, but you draft and sign this document after the marriage has already taken place. Couples of all income levels and financial goals can benefit from this type of agreement, and it may be in your interests to consider this step. Like other types of legal contracts, you will want to take the time to ensure it is carefully drafted and legally enforceable.

Co-parenting in divorce: Work as a team to help kids cope

If you're a parent in Connecticut who has filed for divorce and is planning to discuss the topic with your children, you might be feeling a bit stressed and anxious over the situation. You can take comfort in knowing that you are definitely not alone in your struggle, as many other parents throughout this state and across the country will also be navigating divorce proceedings as a new year unfolds.

While it's true that such a decision will no doubt prompt numerous changes in children's lives, it's often possible to help them cope and move on in life in a healthy, productive way. Co-parenting is typically a key factor toward helping kids adapt to a post-divorce lifestyle.

Divorcing in 2020? Keep these issues in mind

It's the time of year when many people are writing down (or, at least, forming thoughts about) their New Year's resolutions. Do you have a list? Perhaps, your goals include getting outdoors on a more regular basis, eating healthier foods or reading for leisure more often. Then again, your resolution might be a bit more personal, such as moving on to a new lifestyle as a single person.

If you're planning on filing for divorce in the new year, you're definitely not the only one in this state or elsewhere to be making such plans. In fact, many people believe that a new year is a perfect time to make a new start in life. Whether you expect proceedings to be rather simple or highly complex, you'll want to be as prepared as possible, which means you should set up a strong support network from the start.

These post-accident symptoms suggest brain injury

When you bear the full force of sudden impact in a Rhode Island automobile collision, there's no telling what the disastrous consequences might be. The fact that you survived the incident is indeed something to rejoice about; however, just because you didn't die doesn't necessarily mean you have escaped unscathed. You might have suffered serious emotional trauma, especially if the collision occurred because of a drunk driver or driver negligence.

It's common to suffer bruises, lacerations or whiplash from jolting around the vehicle and bumping up against hard surfaces during a collision. It's important to closely monitor your condition in the weeks following the incident, even if your doctors released you from the hospital. Traumatic brain injuries and other internal injuries are not always immediately apparent.

Drivers are taking distraction to a new level this holiday

If you go to the mall or your favorite department store, you may not be surprised to see people shopping. After all, it is the season when holiday shoppers scurry to make their gift purchases, and it seems as if shoppers are in more of a hurry each year.

Where you may not expect to find a shopper is in the driver's seat of the car that passes you on the highway as you travel. However, new research shows that this is where many Americans are making their holiday purchases. As risky as it may seem to read and send a text while driving, you can imagine how deadly it can be to make online purchases from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

The important financial decisions you'll make during your divorce

Making the choice to file for divorce is not easy, even if you are no longer in a place where you want to remain with your partner for the rest of your life. The decision to divorce can be emotional and stressful, especially when you think about the ways it can impact your financial future. One thing you may want to do is take steps to protect your long-term interests – even from the earliest stages of the divorce process.

Thinking ahead can help you make decisions that will allow you to have a strong future. The goal of your divorce order is not to secure terms that allow you to get revenge on your spouse, but it is provide you with what you need for security and stability. The choices you make matter, and it will benefit you tremendously to keep your focus on what is truly important.

People don't always divorce for the usual reason

You can say certain things about divorce that most people in Connecticut would agree with, such as it is a life-changing event or that it is often stressful. However, there is really no such thing as a typical marital break-up because no two married couples are exactly the same. In fact, sometimes the reasons people have for deciding to end their marriages in court are anything but common.

Perhaps you're considering divorce at this time and you're worried that your reasons for wanting to move on in life might sound a bit outlandish to some. The fact is, what your friends, co-workers or others think isn't the priority. You don't have to explain yourself to anyone. What's most important is building a strong support network from the start and knowing what steps to take to help accomplish your goals.

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