Fairfield County Family Law
Family law often has a direct impact on the lives of the people we love most, which makes it one of the most sensitive areas of litigation. Divorces, child custody cases and similar issues are often emotionally charged, which means that compassionate legal guidance is a necessity.
Along with that compassion, family law attorneys must be well-versed in the specifics of state law. Connecticut family laws are in place to serve the best interests of everyone involved, and the right lawyer can help ensure that you’re afforded their full protection.
At Brickley Law, we specialize in the following areas of family law:
- In cases where one spouse has financial needs and the other spouse has the ability to help, a court may order alimony to be paid. Connecticut courts will consider the length of the marriage, the age of the spouses, their relative health and employability and other factors when considering a request for temporary or permanent alimony. Brickley Law has a long track record of representing clients on both sides of the alimony issue, and we can help reach an outcome that works for both parties.
- Child custody.Nothing is more important than the well being of a child. Unfortunately, even good, reasonable people can differ strongly in terms of how they see child custody In Connecticut, a parenting plan must be created that outlines the specifics of a child’s living situation. These plans, which must be approved by a judge, cover issues such as a child’s physical address, decision-making and authority pertaining to that child and methods for dispute resolution. Family courts seek to reach an outcome that is both fair and practical for the child, and will make custody decisions to support that outcome. These custody decisions may be physical (where a child lives) or legal (who makes decisions), and be sole or joint in nature. Brickley Law understands the critical importance of these decisions, and has helped numerous clients find custody arrangements that work for the whole family.
- Child support.Connecticut state laws help ensure that children receive the necessary financial support to live stable lives. The state uses the Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage guidelines when determining how much financial support should be paid. These guidelines use the combined income of the mother and father and the number of children to arrive at a dollar amount. While judges are expected to follow these guidelines, they may deviate from the formula in some cases. Child support in Connecticut is typically in effect until a child who has graduated high school turns 18 (or a current high school student turns 19). Child support may be extended, however, to a maximum age of 23 if the child is attending a post-secondary institution. At Brickley Law, we work vigorously to help reach fair and equitable child support agreements.
- Divorce:The end of a marriage is rarely easy, but having an empathetic and experienced legal advocate in your corner can help make the process more bearable, while also ensuring you’re treated fairly. It’s important, however, that your attorney has a firm grasp on the specifics of Connecticut divorce laws. Because Connecticut is an “equitable distribution” state, judges have the power to divide an estate in a manner that they deem fair. Factors that Connecticut courts will consider include the length of a marriage, the cause of its dissolution, age, health, occupation and future earning potential. It’s also important to note that, unlike many surrounding states, Connecticut is an “all property” state. This means that state courts can divide not only the property acquired during the marriage, but also property that the parties held before entering the union. Divorces can be painful and have long-lasting consequences, so Brickley Law works hard to provide our clients with tough yet compassionate representation.
- Prenuptial agreements:Though they were once considered something reserved for the wealthy, prenuptial agreements have become a widely used tool to help people marry with greater clarity and confidence. Prenuptial agreements not only cover division of assets, they can also outline alimony obligations, financial responsibilities and steps to take if one spouse dies unexpectedly. In Connecticut, premarital agreements are subject to the Connecticut Premarital Agreement Act, which outlines criteria future spouses should follow when drafting an agreement, while providing guidance to courts in terms of whether an agreement is enforceable. Several factors can invalidate a prenuptial agreement in Connecticut, including failure to disclose assets, failure to make the agreement voluntary and failure to allow access to independent counsel. While some people may deride prenuptial agreements as “unromantic” or something solely for the wealthy, at Brickley Law we believe that the right agreement can help almost any two people begin a lifelong union with greater trust and stability.
Should I Contact a Family Attorney?
If you’re a Connecticut resident in need of representation for a divorce, alimony, child support, child custody or a prenuptial agreement, Brickley Law is here to help. We understand how difficult and emotionally taxing these events can be, and we’ll work hard to provide you with the kind of compassionate yet vigorous legal counsel that your case requires.
Contact us at (203)-966-6600 for a free consultation.
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