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“The Anatomy of Connecticut Divorce” with Attorney Melissa Needle – Episode 2 of the podcast “Divorce Doesn’t Suck,” Hosted by Wendy Sloane
"Mapping Your New Path Forward" with Attorney Melissa Needle (Featured on the "Divorce Doesn't Suck" Podcast, Hosted by Wendy Sloane)
  • "The Anatomy of Connecticut Divorce" with Attorney Melissa Needle - Episode 2 of the podcast "Divorce Doesn't Suck," Hosted by Wendy Sloane
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      Firm Name: Needle | Cuda: Divorce and Family Law
      Duration: 43:57
      Date: 2022-09-15

      The Anatomy of Connecticut Divorce

      This is the second installment of a twelve part series with Attorney Melissa Needle on the podcast "Divorce Doesn't Suck" with influencers Wendy Sloan and Danial Harrold.    Attorney Needle contributes to a  12 part arc is called "Mapping your New Path Forward."   In this episode she describes the core elements of a Connecticut divorce as it relates to the  requisite separation agreement.   Attorney  Melissa Needle, Managing Partner of Needle | Cuda: Divorce and Family Law.   How to Hire a Divorce Attorney? (Video)   In "Mapping your New Path Forward," Attorney Melissa Needle tackles hard hitting questions about getting started with divorce; delivers practical tips, and provides essential information and support for those people who have been confronted with divorce and need help to find a path forward. Needle | Cuda Divorce and Family Law, a firm that serves lower Fairfield County Connecticut from Greenwich to Westport.   Needle | Cuda handles high-net-worth divorce;  contested child custody, and complex property/asset division.

      Learn about the "Anatomy of Connecticut Divorce"

      Anatomy of Connecticut Divorce disucssed by Attorney Melissa Needle 2022   A divorce complaint (for the dissolution of a marriage) requires the resolu tion of three main components between the parties before an agreement can be presented before a family court on behalf of the parties:
      • Income division (aka Alimony);

      • Property/Asset division;

      • Child Custody (legal and physical);

      Child Custody

      (When applicable) Child Custody includes physical custody and legal custody. Needle | Cuda has extensive experience resolving all kinds of child custody disputes (e.g. visitation, education, travel, religious education, medical/healthcare, relocation and COVID-19 related welfare concerns) and can skillfully negotiate and define an enforceable, long-term parenting plan that works for you, your children and your life. We represent parents in child custody disputes arising during and after divorce and in connection with paternity matters. We understand the importance of your relationship with your children as well as your concern for their health and welfare. We work tirelessly to protect your parental rights consistent with your children’s best interests. We represent parents in disputes over visitation and parenting plans, including allegations of interference and parental alienation. We also represent third parties, such as grandparents and siblings, seeking visitation with a child. Needle | Cuda also handles unique and highly nuanced issues related to child custody, visitation, and parental rights in same-sex marriages concerning the legal and physical custody rights of both biological and non-biological parents.  

      Asset/property Division

      Property division involves a detailed accounting process through which the marital assets are both identified and valued so that an agreement may be formed to divide and distribute them. Assets typically include: real estate, investment accounts, retirement accounts, 401(k) plans, annuities, ownership interests in family and/or closely held businesses and other types of complex property ownership (e.g. intellectual property, artwork and antiques). Division of property may also include assets owned before the marriage, assets inherited (before or during the marriage) or assets held in trust, although each of these categories may require a more detailed analysis. Needle | Cuda works extensively with a network of experienced valuation experts, accounting professionals and subject matter specialists who can be called upon to complete complex property and business valuations that are unique to your situation.  

      Income division/Alimony

      Alimony has two subsets, alimony and child support. Child support is often relatively straightforward as its rules and amounts are subject to an income-driven model set by state guidelines. However, there are various situations that may call for a deviation from the guidelines, such as where the income of the parties exceeds the guidelines and therefore requires more evidence of what is the appropriate child support award. Alimony is usually more complex as it involves consideration of multiple factors, such as length of the marriage, earning capacity and the contributions of each spouse during the course marriage. There are no guidelines for alimony. Often complicating the picture is income derived from ownership of a business. It may be necessary to differentiate income that is related to asset ownership/investment from income earned through employment at the business. Needle | Cuda has extensive experience negotiating these complex issues, especially on behalf of its high net worth clients.
      Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Divorce
      Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Alimony
      Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Child Custody
      Asset and Property Division

      For all episodes of "Divorce Doesn't Suck" with Wendy Sloan and Daniel Herrold...

      Link to Divorce Doesn't Suck Podcast Series
      Daniel Herrold, Founder of International Dating Club and Co-Founder of Divorce over 40; Wendy Lowy Sloane, Executive Producer and Host of the What’s Up with Wendy celebrity radio show and podcast, announce their collaboration on a new podcast, Divorce Doesn’t Suck. This new podcast will explore every aspect of divorce, including kids, finances, dating, sex, starting over, and more. Daniel and Wendy will share their experiences and fresh perspectives on their divorces, and how they were able to move forward and focus on the future. Guests, including Attorney Melissa Needle,  will include experts in finance, law, psychology, dating, relationships, health and wellness, and more.  Divorce Doesn’t Suck will appeal to people at every stage of their divorce journey, from deciding if divorce is the right decision to post-divorce relationships and re-marrying.

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      The Anatomy of Connecticut Divorce - 10/1/2022 - New Haven Register -Article Published by Melissa Needle


      Attorney Melissa Needle_Needle Cuda Divorce and Family Law Westport, CT

      If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, or if your spouse has served you with divorce papers, you are probably wondering, “What happens now?” The Westport divorce attorneys at Needle | Cuda understand your concerns and want to set your mind at ease. By working closely with you, we can develop a plan tailored for you that is effective in resolving points of conflict on favorable terms. Whether your circumstances necessitate a non-adversarial divorce to put your marriage behind you, a meticulous analysis of your assets to protect your property rights or aggressive litigation to preserve your parental rights, our experienced and knowledgeable Connecticut divorce attorneys work with you to pursue these goals.

      Needle | Cuda's Practice Areas

      The firm's practice areas include: Divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, restraining orders, same-sex marriage, post judgment modification, relocation, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, enforcement and contempt actions, divorce appeals.

      Needle | Cuda's Service Areas

      Our service areas includes: Greenwich, Belle Haven, Byrum, Cos Cob, Riverside, Round Hill, Stanwich, Mianus, Glenville, Old Greenwich, Westport, Compo Beach, Greens Farms, Saugatuck, Saugatuck Island, Saugatuck Shores, Coleytown, Darien, Noroton Heights, Tokeneke, New Canaan, Pinney's Corners, Selleck's Corners, Talmadge Hill, Ponus Ridge, Stamford, Shippan, The Cove, North Stamford, Newfield, Westover, Turn of River, Waterside, Norwalk, Cranberry, South Norwalk, Wilson Point, Harbor Shores, Harbor View, Rowayton, Ridgefield, Wilton, Cannondale, North Wilton, Bald Hill, Belden Hill, South Wilton, Gilbert Corners, Lambert Corners, Weston, Easton, Fairfield, Sturges, Greenfield Hill, Fairfield Beach, Blackrock, Sasco Hill, Fairfield Woods, Milford, Stratford, Trumbull, Fairfield County, Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut.    
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