Family Law & Divorce Attorneys
Serving Families Throughout the Hartford CT Region
The decision to end a marriage is a difficult one. Our divorce attorneys try to reduce the stress and anxiety that is often inherent to a divorce. Our attorneys will meet with you to discuss your particular situation, and advise you of your options and the procedures available to you. Our goal is for you to obtain a fair and equitable result. Our family law practice encompasses custody, child support, alimony, taxes, asset and property distribution, liabilities, insurance and education expenses. We try to resolve issues by negotiating a fair settlement. However, if necessary, we are prepared to litigate the matter.
Mediation has long been a successful resource available to parties who are going through a divorce. Its purpose is to allow parties to sit down with a trained professional and discuss their issues in an open manner. The mediator does not represent either party, and does not promote or support one spouse’s position over the other. The mediator’s role is to facilitate open communication and provide the parties with options that are available for their particular issues. The mediation environment provides the parties with a way to find common ground and bring resolution to all areas with no court involvement.
Collaborative divorce is a growing area in the practice of family law. While each party has their own respective lawyer who advocates for their position, as is the case in traditional divorce cases, the collaborative process is different. An agreement is signed that states that the parties and their lawyers will not pursue the customary motions and court pleadings at the outset of the case. Instead, the couple and their lawyers have meetings to discuss all of the issues in an honest, forthright manner, and cooperate to resolve disputes and reach an equitable agreement.
For parties who are not married but have children together, our office can represent prospective clients in obtaining a custody or access orders from the court, as well as handling the accompanying issues of child support, health insurance coverage, and education expenses.
A prenuptial agreement, also called an antenuptial agreement, is an agreement that parties enter before marriage that will set forth their respective rights should the marriage end in divorce. Prenuptial agreements are generally used to protect parties’ assets, and to specifically outline each party’s responsibilities. The parties must have an agreement that is in writing and signed, and is accompanied by full financial disclosure.
Guardian Ad Litem
Our attorneys have been appointed in court cases as a Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”), and Attorneys for the Minor Child(ren). They are two distinct roles. A GAL’s function is to advocate for what is in the best interests of the minor child. The GAL will examine the child’s environment, see what home life is like, speak with people in daily contact with the child (parents, school personnel, doctors, therapists), and speak with the child as well. The GAL considers all of the information, and then makes a recommendation to the parties and to the Court as to what is in the best interests of the child, which may or may not be in agreement with what the child, either parent (or both parents) would prefer.
An Attorney for the Minor Child (“AMC”) is that child’s attorney, and their job is to represent the child and pursue his or her interests in court. The AMC has an attorney-client relationship with the child, including confidentiality
Once the divorce or custody case is finalized by agreement or court order, problems can still arise enforcing court orders. We can evaluate the situation to see if post-judgment motions need to be filed to modify or change access schedules with children, child support, and alimony (if permissible under the judgment), among other issues. However, certain issues are non-modifiable, e.g. property settlement. We can also file post-judgment motions for contempt if court orders are not being honored.
If a person finds themselves in a dangerous, abusive, or harmful relationship or situation with a current or former spouse or significant other, an application can be made to the court asking for relief from such a situation. The court can order a number of things, including no contact by the alleged offending person with the applicant. There are specific criteria that apply to this application, and our attorneys can advise if this choice is appropriate for your case.
Serving the Hartford Connecticut Region
We offer a free 30-minute consultation to all new clients. Our attorneys are available during regular business hours and by appointment at other times.
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