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The advantages of getting your alimony in a lump sum

If you're divorcing a spouse who has considerable assets, they may propose paying you spousal support in one lump-sum payment as opposed to making monthly payments over a period of years. People often prefer (if they have the means) to do that just to put the divorce -- and their spouse -- behind them and move on. They're often able to negotiate a lower amount of spousal support overall by offering a lump-sum payment to their estranged spouse.

What should be included in a QDRO?

If you are getting a divorce, one of the things you may need to deal with is a qualified domestic relations order. This is also known as a QDRO. A QDRO is a court-ordered judgment that tells a retirement plan to pay for a former spouse's child support, marital property rights or alimony. Essentially, it is the order that shows how to divide retirement benefits. This order is delivered to the companies that hold the retirement funds for distribution.

Can you get a protective order against in-laws during a divorce?

No divorce is easy for anyone involved, and that includes the two families caught up in the crossfire. It can be hard for in-laws to stay out of your business during this stressful time, which can lead to hard feelings and even calls to the police.

Money must be protected in a divorce

Financial issues are not always the paramount consideration in a Connecticut divorce. Yet, how the couple approaches the split and property division in the final settlement can be extremely costly to both parties, often needlessly. Attempting to reach an agreement without acrimony is best, but even when there are fundamental differences, there's no need to throw money away by making hasty decisions that fail to account for all the factors.

Bipolar illness presents some challenges in divorces

Marriage is a daily challenge to try to make things work. When one spouse suffers from a mental illness like bipolar disorder, the the marital struggle is more intense. There are some instances in which a spouse's mental illness can contribute to or cause a divorce. Unfortunately, this can be just as complex as the relationship.

Your divorce decisions now can impact your life later

When you make the decision to divorce your spouse, you need to make sure that you have things together to protect yourself. There are some splits that are amicable; however, others are filled with disagreements. Even if you and your spouse get along fairly well, the divorce might pit you against each other. We know that this is a difficult situation, but planning ahead can be a huge help.

Respectful communication goes a long way in a divorce

Handling the logistical nightmare that a divorce brings can be challenging. You have to think about where you are going to live if you are the one leaving the marital home. Changing your mailing address and working through the divorce matters can all be a lot to handle. We can't take care of everything for you, but we can work with you on the divorce case so that you can focus on other areas of your life.

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