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Received a summons for divorce? You may need an attorney

Getting a divorce in Connecticut may be a frustrating and challenging time in your life. It's hard to imagine years of your life with another person coming to an end, but if that's what you're going through, then you deserve to do all you can to protect yourself and your interests.

Be ready if you have to go to divorce court

Divorces can be frustrating, tedious and time-consuming. There is a potential that nothing you say or do will help you and your spouse come to an agreement on anything from child custody to property division. It's a bad feeling, but in some cases, divorces simply have to go to trial.

What is a nonadversarial divorce?

Connecticut is one of the many states that has a no-fault system. That means that you don't need any specific reason to divorce other than irreconcilable differences. This is great for people who feel that they've grown apart or just no longer want to be together.

Can mediation or arbitration help with a conflict?

Divorces don't always go as smoothly as one might like. One minute, you may feel like you're on top of everything and that the divorce is going as planned, and the next minute, your spouse could be seeking something different from your marital property or be fighting for more custody than you're comfortable with.

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.

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