PRACTICE AREASWe provide comprehensive representation throughout all stages of divorce and post-divorce.
Our attorneys work diligently to solve problems and attain the most favorable results for clients with discretion and sensitivity.
Given our geographical proximity to New York City and the financial markets, we frequently help clients navigate the intricacies and complexities of large asset and complicated divorce cases. Our experience with these types of cases is nearly unparalleled.
We counsel clients in all areas of family law, including:
The critical decisions our clients make during the divorce process have lasting consequences for all aspects of their lives. As such, we ascertain a complete picture of their lives including family relationships, responsibilities, employment and finances in order to best represent them. We think long-term about securing their financial health, often thinking outside-the-box to put them in the most advantageous position possible both today and tomorrow.
Custody & Visitation
The welfare of children is always of paramount importance to us. Every parent faces tough questions about providing a loving and stable home for their children. We are advocates for putting children first. We argue for the best circumstances for the children involved and negotiate fair parenting plans. We have a reputation for pursuing every possible solution – even testifying before the legislature – so that our clients can maintain strong, healthy relationships with their children throughout and after divorce. Our attorneys have successfully handled a substantial number of highly contentious custody battles.
Our attorneys effectively negotiate for settlements and argue for judgments that reflect fair allocation of financial support for our clients. We thoroughly explain the State of Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines which govern all child support decisions, and we explain when and how to use deviations from that amount. Our team is able to create plans that fairly divide child support obligations. We do not hesitate to seek enforcement, aggressively, if the other parent does not abide by the obligations imposed by the court.
When divorcing partners earn vastly different incomes, the issue of alimony typically arises. Arnold Rutkin and Sarah Oldham coauthored “Family Law and Practice with Forms,” the three-volume series that covers complex family law issues and spousal support laws. We advise our clients on their rights or obligations regarding alimony. In many cases, one spouse may have forfeited employment or educational opportunities to raise children or support a partner’s career. On the other hand, the case may involve a client who had a well-established career before the marriage. Alimony is designed to provide support for a spouse who has a lower income level. Since alimony is considered taxable income to the recipient and offers a tax exclusion to the former spouse paying the support, our attorneys highlight important taxation considerations for clients in connection with spousal support terms.
Devoted parents should be encouraged to establish and nurture healthy relationships with their children. Likewise, in most cases, children deserve to have both parents close by to share in their day-to-day events and momentous occasions. When a custodial parent moves, the consequences can have profound effect on both the children and the parent left behind. Our team of family law litigators has established important precedent in child custody cases. In the Ireland v. Ireland trial, we successfully stopped the custodial parent from relocating, and Connecticut law has changed to reflect the reality that parents should not be permitted to separate children from other loving family members unless they can prove that it is in the children’s best interests to do so. When it is shown to be in the children’s best interest to move, that parent should not be precluded from relocating.
Complex Property Division Issues
How do high net worth or high income domestic dissolutions differ from everyday divorces? The easiest answer is: in every way imaginable. Crucial to creating a successful divorce strategy is thorough knowledge of all assets. Through years of practical experience, our team is well adept at analyzing sophisticated financial documents and transactions, valuing complex property, and structuring equitable dissolutions for these types of divorces. We understand the myriad of issues affecting the value of assets such as hedge funds, private equity funds, retirement benefits and executive compensation plans – and how to apply them to individual cases.