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For most people, divorce represents a shock to their accustomed way of life; most divorcing parties fear that they will be worse off financially than they were during their marriage. Under Connecticut law, assets must be divided in a fair and equitable way. Lifestyle habits and recurring expenses during a marriage are taken into account when fixing a settlement. Generally the largest assets of the marital estate, retirement accounts/pensions and the marital home, are not accessible without incurring penalties or illiquid, and so settlment arrangements must take certain logistical matters into consideration when winding up the marital estate.
Income that provided for a married couple and perhaps their children must now stretch to provide for the maintenance of two separate households; ideally, both households should be suitable for housing children as permanent residences or during visitation. Many divorced people take on new intimate companions; indeed, affairs are one of the leading causes of divorce. When your ex-partner cohabits with another person who has children, it may be even more difficult to collect alimony and child support payments, as your ex-spouse may be under pressure to dedicate his or her entire paycheck to the new family.
In their haste to finalize their divorce, parties without legal representation may agree to unsustainable levels of alimony; others may settle for much less than is fair and equitable, leaving them bereft of financial means during the often difficult transition period of the post-divorce years.
As is the case with most things involving substantial amounts of money, the question of alimony can be a highly charged one. To help you arrive at a settlement that will allow you to maintain your financial footing after divorce, you should seek legal advice from a qualified attorney.
Shelton-based “Super Lawyer” Carmina (Tessitore) Hirsch, one of Connecticut’s leading divorce and family law attorneys, has helped scores of clients navigate through contentious divorce battles to reach satisfactory settlements. If you live in New Haven County, or in or near Bridgeport, Westport, or Danbury, and you are a party to a divorce suit, the wisest move you can make is to consult her for advice on how to proceed with your case. If she agrees to be your advocate, you can rest assured that she will devote herself to your cause. For many of her clients, she has gained acceptable alimony arrangements prior to reaching the trial stage.