Divorce matters are complicated by their impact on the very core of clients’ personal lives. PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC’s attorneys recognize the distress that many clients experience when contending with the dissolution of their marriage. During all stages of our representation, including our initial consultation, we attempt to reassure and support our clients by providing them with exceptional professional service. We realize that one of the most important aspects of clients’ divorces is the relationship that they have with their attorney, and we work to cultivate a trusting environment. Perhaps even more importantly, we offer our clients both objectivity and compassion during troubling and confusing times.
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Family law is one of the most complicated areas of Connecticut law. Divorce, whether or not it involves the dissolution of a large estate, encompasses many intricate legal issues. We practice in many areas of family law, including:
- Dissolution of marriage
- Legal separation
- Effect of automatic orders upon filing or service of the divorce complaint
- Preparation of financial affidavits
- Discovery, including interrogatories, production requests, and depositions
- Application of Connecticut statutes defining factors the family court must consider
- Negotiation and drafting of voluntary separation agreements
- Contested trial of unresolved divorce issues
According to Connecticut law, the family court is responsible for equitably distributing all of the assets and liabilities of both spouses, whether assets are owned jointly or individually. The family court may distribute a variety of property interests, including:
- Real estate interests
- Business interests
- Stocks and bonds
- Options and commodities
- Deferred income plans
- Retirement plans
- Securities (including options and restricted stock)
- Carried interests
- Equity and hedge funds
- Financial instruments
- Personal injury awards
- Gifts and inheritances
- Interests in trusts (current and future, vested or contingent)
This list is not all-inclusive. We guide our clients in performing due diligence to discover, identify, and value all assets and liabilities of the marriage. We often advise our clients to engage the services of competent experts to perform asset valuations and forensic accounting. Our role may include the negotiation or litigation of conflicts regarding inclusion or exclusion of assets in the marital estate, as well as the valuation of those assets and the potential distribution of those assets between spouses.
Parents of children in a divorce may seek an award of child support pursuant to Connecticut’s child support guidelines. The law concerning the award of child support is complex, and our attorneys are very mindful of the importance in pursuing financial orders that provide for the adequate care and maintenance of children. Those efforts frequently include the negotiation of awards that address the payment of extracurricular activities, out-of-pocket medical expenses, private school tuition, secondary school education tuition and expenses (including college), and provisions to meet any special needs.
PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC represents clients after an entry of a decree dissolving a marriage in connection with the enforcement of court orders and modification of orders. In such circumstances, we work on any modification proceedings concerning alimony and/or child support (due to changes in the finances of one of the former spouses). We also negotiate, or if necessary, litigate, modifications of parenting plans, including relocation claims.
PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC is sometimes presented with issues that require an analysis concerning whether Connecticut courts have jurisdiction to enter orders. The jurisdictional questions often include questions as to whether the State of Connecticut is an appropriate forum to litigate actions to dissolve marriages and disputes concerning children of parents who reside outside the state. PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC also addresses questions concerning the application of Connecticut’s Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.
PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC is located on the Saugatuck River in Westport, Connecticut. We represent clients in family matters throughout Connecticut, including but not limited to Fairfield, Middlesex, New London and Litchfield Counties. Our clients reside in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Fairfield, Easton, West Hartford, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Essex. We also frequently appear before the Regional Family Trial Court located in Middletown, Connecticut, as well as the Judicial Districts of Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Danbury, Milford, Norwich, and Hartford.