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Divorce Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to your Connecticut family law questions

As you start the divorce process, you likely have many questions about the laws and your rights. Established in 1982, Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC exclusively handles family law cases. Read our lawyers’ responses to frequently asked questions and then contact our dedicated team to discuss your case in detail.

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Get answers to your Connecticut divorce questions. Call the Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC Westport office at 203-227-7301 or our Greenwich office at 203-869-7277 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.

1. Does my spouse have the right to take half of all my property?

2. How do I determine how much my assets are worth?

3. Should I retain a lawyer if my spouse’s attorney has already drafted our divorce settlement?

4. Do all divorces go to trial?

5. What should I do if my children’s other parent is threatening to move to another state?

6. What should I bring to my first appointment with my divorce attorney?

7. Where can I learn more about my rights?


1. Does my spouse have the right to take half of all my property?

Property division in Connecticut is not susceptible to a simple formula.  All property is subject to division, although particular arguments may apply to different kinds of property.  You should consult an attorney to determine how particular types of assets may be considered in a divorce.

 

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2. How do I determine how much my assets are worth?

A lawyer who is experienced in handling high-net-worth cases can assist you with the valuation process. We often employ professional CPAs and financial advisors to accurately determine the value of your property so we can develop strategies for protecting your wealth.

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3. Should I retain a lawyer if my spouse’s attorney has already drafted our divorce settlement?

Sometimes divorcing couples are able to agree to a settlement without contentious litigation. While it is often preferable to resolve issues in a divorce with an agreement rather than contentious litigation, that is not the case unless the agreement is fair to you and serves your interests.  Your spouse's counsel has no duty to look out for you -- quite the opposite. Your spouse's attorney has a duty to only represent your spouse's interests.  You should have an attorney to make sure your rights are protected as well.  Given the complexities of a divorce case and the many different legal areas which can be involved, it is better to retain a lawyer sooner rather than later.

 

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4. Do all divorces go to trial?

The vast majority of divorces do not go to trial. Often, couples can reach equitable agreements through skilled representation and negotiation. Successful negotiation requires thorough preparation, detailed discovery, clear strategy and aggressive pursuit of your goals. If your spouse refuses to cooperate, we effectively handle your divorce through trial.

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5. What should I do if my child’s other parent is threatening to move to another state?

You should immediately seek recourse through the family law courts. Connecticut law requires the parent to file the appropriate motion with the court and to prove that the move is in the children’s best interest.

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6. What should I bring to my first appointment with my divorce attorney?

To enable an accurate assessment of your case and get appropriate advice on next steps, you should bring copies of relevant documents to your first meeting with your divorce lawyer, such as:

  • Federal tax returns
  • Paystubs
  • Mortgage statements
  • Real property deeds
  • Bank statements
  • Stock reports
  • Business financial statements
  • List of expenses
  • List of household assets and values

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7. Where can I learn more about my rights?

Discuss your case with a qualified family law attorney who can advise you on protecting your rights. Contact the Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC Westport office at 203.227.7301 or our Greenwich office at 203-869-7277 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.

 

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