Below are a few of the most prevalent areas of family law that our attorneys encounter. It is always wise to consult with an attorney when faced with a life-changing decision. The decision you make can have far-reaching consequences which you may not become aware of until it is far too late. Having our attorneys on your side can make the difference that ensures you and your loved ones are protected.
PRENUPTIAL and POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
These agreements, made before or during marriage, are advantageous for many reasons. You may agree upon the disposition of property, the elimination of spousal support, and the right to retirement plans. You may agree that you will arbitrate your differences, rather than engage in a drawn out court battle. It is wise to have a conversation and a commitment about finances before they become potentially litigious issues.
CHILD CUSTODY and VISITATION
What is in the child's best interest? In most cases it will be joint custody. There are numerous other issues to be addressed, however, and it is always best if these can be agreed upon by the parents, rather than imposed by the courts. Where will the child reside (physical custody)? Who will pay for medical care? Where will the child go on holidays? Other significant issues revolve around support, taxes and information sharing.
TERMINATION of PARENTAL RIGHTS
If DCF has custody of your kids, where do you turn? If you are in this situation, you should immediately consult with an attorney to understand your rights, as this can undoubtedly be the scariest threat to a family. Connecticut law requires that both parents and children be represented by lawyers in these cases.
SEPARATION and DIVORCE
The resolution reached, by agreement or court order, will affect you for the rest of your life. The court process begins with automatic orders which will immediately restrict your family and financial decisions. There are options to proceed with mediation, arbitration, or court trial. You have more control over the final outcome if you can amicably reach an agreement rather than proceeding to trial. Either way, you need to be fully prepared with detailed financial disclosures and discovery into any issues relevant to alimony, property divisions, custody, visitation and support.
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