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Reducing Stress in Visitation Exchanges
As your divorce progresses, you may find that you actually feel better when you have less contact with your ex. If you do not have children together, this is not a difficult objective to obtain. However, if you are a parent then you are probably thrown together with your ex more often than you would like.
Whether contact with the other parent is sad or adversarial, here are a few creative strategies you can implement that will help diminish the repeatedly painful contact.
When you reduce the chance of an adversarial confrontation, you not only help yourself, but you protect your children as well. Research shows that the divorce is not as damaging for children as are the fighting, yelling, screaming, threatening, and general acrimony exhibited by the parents. Your behavior during this challenging time can affect your children throughout their lives. By being prudent now about your behavior, you help insure your child's well being as well as your own.
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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