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Connecticut divorce laws regarding premarital agreement

A premarital agreement should be in written form and should have the signature of both partners. Using this agreement, the partners may contract with respect to -

  • Personal rights and obligations
  • The selection of the law that governs the construction of the agreement
  • The right of both partners as a participant or spouse of the participant under a retirement plan
  • The nature of the death benefit and the ownership rights in a life insurance policy
  • The elimination or modification of spousal support
  • If death, marital dissolution, separation or the occurrence or nonoccurrence of any event takes place, in that case the disposition of property
  • The right to control, manage, dispose of, encumber, mortgage, create a security interest in, assign, expend, consume, lease, abandon, exchange, transfer, use, sell or buy property

Connecticut divorce laws regarding child support

The issue of child support is based on General Statutes Annotated Title 46b-84 of the state. If a minor child is in need of maintenance after the dissolution of marriage or annulment or the entry of a decree of legal separation or divorce, the parents of this child should provide the maintenance as per their respective capacities. The divorced couple should maintain this child till the child becomes 19 years of age or finishes the 12th grade, whichever is earlier. If any child has mental retardation and stays with the parents, then the Court issues apt orders for support till such a child becomes 21 years of age.

While making a grant of child support, the Court takes into account the following -

Of the Parents:

  • Employability
  • Vocational skills
  • Estate
  • Sources of income
  • Amount of income
  • Earning capacity
  • Occupation
  • Station
  • Health
  • Age

Of the children:

  • Needs
  • Estate
  • Employability
  • Vocational skills
  • Sources of income
  • Amount of income
  • Expectation
  • Educational status
  • Occupation
  • Station
  • Health
  • Age

Child custody

The Court speculates over the below mentioned items before making or altering any child custody order. General Statutes Annotated Title 46b, Chapters 56, 56a, 56b and 84 of the state are used.

  • If the partners have satisfactorily attended the parenting education program as per Section 46b-69b
  • Causes for legal separation or dissolution of marriage and whether these are related to the optimum interests for the child
  • The desires of the child, if the child has enough age and capacity to make an intelligent preference

Spousal support

In lieu of or in addition to distribution of property, one of the parties may be required to offer alimony to the other party as per the orders of the Court. In this case, the Court makes a decision regarding the amount and duration of the spousal support after considering the following factors -

  • Need
  • Estate
  • Employability
  • Vocational skills
  • Sources of income
  • Amount of income
  • Occupation
  • Station
  • Health
  • Age
  • Duration of marital life
  • Causes of legal separation or dissolution of marriage or annulment
The issue of alimony is decided on basis of General Statutes Annotated Title 46b-82.

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