Seeking Legal Advice on a Family Law Matter
Despite the immediacy and intensity of many family law issues, the decisions that you make in the short term will have consequences that must still make emotional and financial sense in the long term. Emotions will cool, and the practical realities of life will confront you in the years ahead. Waterbury attorney Walter A. Shalvoy, Jr. bases his family law practice on making sure that he has a thorough understanding of the unique challenges that each of his clients face. He knows that they must rely upon him to provide helpful and timely legal advice so that they can make the right decisions for themselves and their families as they move forward.
Pursuing a Connecticut Divorce
For over a decade, Walter A. Shalvoy, Jr. has provided clients with a broad array of personal services in a variety of matters, including:
- Child custody, including drafting child custody agreements and parenting plans
- Spousal support (alimony) and settlement agreements
- Child support
- Domestic violence issues, such as obtaining protective orders in contested separations
- Modification or enforcement of divorce, support, or custody agreements
You can seek either a fault or a no-fault divorce in Connecticut. A divorce based on fault grounds alleges misconduct by the spouse who is not seeking divorce, while a divorce based on no-fault grounds does not allege misconduct by either spouse. Choosing between them can affect what child custody and spousal support rights are granted to the spouse seeking divorce, and it also can have an impact on how marital property is divided between the spouses.
Connecticut divides marital property under a rule of equitable division, which means that each spouse keeps control over income earned individually during the marriage and property that is held in the spouse’s individual name. For other types of property, the judge will use principles of fairness in determining a division. The split may not be exactly equal between the spouses.
Typically, one spouse must have been a resident of Connecticut for 12 months before a final judgment is entered in a divorce. This rule does not apply, however, if one spouse lived in Connecticut when they married and returned there with the intention to remain. It also does not apply if the events leading to the divorce happened after either spouse moved to Connecticut.
If the divorcing spouses have children, complicated issues can arise regarding child custody and support. Connecticut follows the same rules as most states in attempting to arrange consistent contact between children and each parent after a divorce, but the child’s best interests will determine the specific arrangement that a court sets in each case. Similarly, both parents must support children after a divorce in a way that is fair according to their relative resources and how much time that each parent spends with the children. In some cases, earning potential is evaluated as well as actual earnings when determining a parent’s resources.
Contact a Dedicated Family Law Attorney for Questions in Your Case
Skilled legal advice in family law matters is critical, so you should entrust your interests to someone who has the experience and knowledge to handle your case. Walter A. Shalvoy, Jr. knows that the advice and help he provides often do not just affect his clients, but their children and others who depend upon them. If you need advice or representation in a family law matter, call Connecticut divorce lawyer Walter A. Shalvoy, Jr. to set up a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at 203-426-4409, or use the online contact form on this website.
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