Accomplished Westport Divorce Attorneys Negotiate Fair Settlements
Fairfield County litigators handle legal separation and divorce
More than 10 percent of Connecticut’s residents have gone through a divorce, known in the state as dissolution of marriage. At MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport, we advocate for clients at every stage of dissolution, from initial filing to negotiating settlements, seeking mediation or trying cases in court. Since 1961, our dedicated Fairfield County lawyers have protected the rights of husbands and wives in disputes over property division, alimony, child custody and other matters.
Experienced advisors explain Connecticut divorce and separation options
Connecticut offers a variety of legal paths for couples to end their marriages. Our Westport family law attorneys advise clients on:
- Fault vs. no-fault dissolution — In Connecticut, the most common grounds for divorce are irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or the spouses having lived separately for at least 18 continuous months. Traditional fault-based grounds still exist but are rarely used, among them adultery, fraudulent conduct, intolerable cruelty and willful desertion and neglect.
- Uncontested vs. contested divorce — In an uncontested divorce, spouses agree on asset division, child custody and other matters. Mediation before an impartial problem-solver may help couples come to agreement. When mediation and other alternatives fail, the divorce is considered contested and goes to court.
- Legal separation — Some Westport couples choose to remain married but legally separated, often to maintain financial advantages of marriage, such as tax breaks and insurance benefits. The process for separation almost identical to that of an uncontested divorce.
Dissolution of a marriage can take four months or longer. Throughout the process, we give you the information and support you need so that you can negotiate from a position of strength, avoiding pitfalls that can lengthen the litigation.
Determined lawyers pursue fair court orders covering property, support and custody
In the course of the dissolution process, we assert our clients’ rights to fair court orders concerning:
- Alimony —Divorce may leave the lower-earning spouse unable to continue their accustomed lifestyle. A court can order the financially healthier spouse to pay temporary support during the divorce and long-term support once the divorce is settled. After an assessment of both spouses’ earning capacities, we help alimony payers and recipients pursue available remedies.
- Distribution of property — Unless a Connecticut couple can agree on division of assets and debts, they will be divided based on what a judge considers to be equitable. We gather evidence about the value of the marital home, bank accounts, stocks and other assets in order to achieve fair distributions for our clients.
- Child custody and visitation — Custody and visitation orders determine where children live, how they will be raised and the amount of time they spend with each parent. We try to establish child custody and visitation terms that give both parents the opportunity to maintain frequent, meaningful contact with their children.
- Child support —Both parents are responsible for the costs of raising their child. The amount owed for child support depends on each parent’s childcare responsibilities and ability to pay. We argue for support orders and modifications that are fair and attainable for our clients..
We also represent clients in proceedings to enforce or to modify alimony, support or custody orders. In all of these matters, we give clients personalized counsel geared toward securing proper outcomes while easing worry and stress.
Contact seasoned Westport divorce attorneys to schedule a free initial consultation
The attorneys at MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport, Connecticut have decades of experience helping Fairfield County clients with divorce and related issues and concerns. To discuss your situation with a knowledgeable family lawyer, call us at 203-916-1743 or contact us online.