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Failure to pay child support could lead to jail

The child support enforcement system has many tools at its disposal to motivate parents to pay child support. In Connecticut, these tools include wage garnishments, tax refund intercepts and reports to credit bureaus. One option receiving more attention is the ability of a judge to put a parent in jail for failure to pay child support.

Records of alimony should be retained for tax purposes

For Connecticut couples who have gone through a divorce, keeping records of alimony payments can help them if they are subsequently audited by the IRS or if one of the parties goes to court regarding an alleged lack of payment. They want to keep records for at least three years and possibly for even longer if they anticipate having to go back to court, which can happen if there is an attempt to modify alimony payment amounts or durations.

Requesting an emergency ex parte order for custody in Connecticut

Determining the custody of a child is a delicate matter that involves a lot of consideration between the divorcing parents. The court also must consider several factors regarding what is best for the child before issuing a final order. Sometimes, however, the child may be immediately at risk of psychological or physical harm. It is in such situations that one of the parents could request an emergency ex parte order.

Child custody mediation for Connecticut parents

Child custody mediation has become a popular alternative method of establishing a custody and visitation agreement in Connecticut. This type of mediation takes into account the needs and desires of both parents and children and allows for a more harmonious end to the marriage without visiting undue trauma or stress upon the children or the parents. However, successful child custody mediation requires certain key attitudes and behaviors on the part of both parents.

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