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Dividing Assets in Divorce

Connecticut is an equitable division state. What that means is the court will look at many factors when dividing assets between spouses. Equitable does not mean equal, and it doesn't always mean the division will be fair and equitable if you leave the outcome to a judge. One way to ensure the division of your assets accrued during the marriage is equitable, is to work out an agreement with your spouse. Divorce Mediation is a process where you and your spouse can work together and decide on a fair division of your assets. This process is preferred over letting a court decide, and hoping for the best.

Choose the Right Divorce Mediator

You and your spouse have decided to divorce. Mediation is your choice. You agree not to litigate. The next step is to choose a mediator who is qualified and a good fit for you and your spouse.  Working with the right divorce mediator is an important decision that can greatly influence the outcome of your divorce process. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a divorce mediator in Connecticut.

Former Wife Found in Contempt For Refusing to Pay College Expenses

A decision rendered in the Connecticut Superior Court illustrates the potential consequences of entering into an ambiguous agreement regarding the payment of college expenses.  In this particular case, the parties obtained an uncontested divorce on September 8, 2008.  Pursuant to the terms of their separation agreement, the parties were each responsible for paying 50% of their children’s “actual college education.”

In Educational Neglect Proceeding, Court Rules that “Detrimental Effect” is not Required

In the case of In Re Amurah B., Superior Court, Judicial District of Middlesex, Docket No. M08CP09010939A (March 12, 2010, Rubinow, J.), the Court addressed whether the Department of Children and Families must demonstrate a “detrimental effect” before it can enter a finding of educational neglect.  In that particular case, DCF initially filed petitions alleging that the children were being subjected to educational neglect in that they were not being forced to attend school.  A trial ensued, and after DCF concluded its case-in-chief, the parents claimed it failed to make out a prima facie case with respect to any of the children.

Educational Expenses in Divorce

Educational expenses in divorce include expenses associated with higher education. Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes § 46b-56c, an educational support order is defined as an order requiring a parent to provide support for a child or children to attend, for up to four full academic years, an institution of higher education or a private occupational school for the purpose of attaining a bachelor’s or other undergraduate degree, or other appropriate vocational instruction.

What Is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in Connecticut?

What Is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in Connecticut?

What is an Educational Support Order in Connecticut?

What is an Educational Support Order in Connecticut?

Paying College Education After Divorce

At the time of a divorce, parties can reserve jurisdiction, a court’s authority to decide an issue, over matters regarding their child’s post-secondary education expenses.  It is particularly helpful to reserve jurisdiction if the parties have young children, as a family’s needs may change and one parent may wish to seek assistance from the other parent in facilitating their child’s college education.

Transforming Divorce in St. Louis: A Guide to Harmonious Separation

Discover how 'Embracing a New Perspective' transforms divorce in St. Louis from conflict to cooperation, focusing on amicable solutions and personal growth.

Divorce vs Separation: What’s the Difference?

Divorce legally ends a marriage, allowing remarriage, while separation involves living apart without dissolving the marriage. Divorce involves asset division and legal ramifications, unlike informal separations. Reconciliation is easier after separation than divorce.

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