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Prenups are generally thought of as romance killers and only necessary for the rich and or famous. However, with later marriages, the failure of so many marriages, so many second (or third) marriages, prior children and assets acquired prior to marriage, prenups have become more and more relevant. Many clients ask me if they need a prenup. Naturally, any question to a lawyer that begins with Do I need... usually receives a positive response. But, even asking the question implies an underlying need.
If the court refuses to award alimony at the final hearing, and if alimony is not included in the final judgment, neither spouse can return to court in the future and request alimony due to a change in circumstance. Many final divorce judgments in Connecticut award $1 a year in alimony because this preserves the right to revisit the alimony issue if circumstances change.
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