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Family law matters are difficult on all parties involved, whether you are going through a divorce or are dealing with a child custody case. The psychological impacts of a divorce or other family law issue can be especially prominent in children, and it is important to keep in mind the best interests of the child throughout the proceedings. At the same time, at Stanger Stanfield Law, we know that these subjects can be emotionally draining for parents, spouses, guardians, grandparents, and other family members, especially when a legal issue becomes contentious. It is important to know that your family law case does not have to be combative, and that there are many ways to handle a family law matter.
Our dedicated West Hartford family law attorneys provide personalized representation to each client, and we are committed to tailoring our legal strategies to the particularities of your case. We work with our clients to find solutions that best meet their needs. We advocate tirelessly for each of our clients at every stage of the family law case. Our family lawyers will ensure that your voice is heard.
Types of Family Law Cases We Handle
In Connecticut, family law issues are governed by Chapter 815 of the Connecticut General Statutes. At Stanger Stanfield Law, we are committed to assisting clients with a wide variety of family law matters, including but not limited to:
Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can help with your family law matter.
Divorce and the Division of Property
Did you know that the divorce rate in Connecticut ranks 37th in the country? The U.S. Census Bureau provides data on divorces in Connecticut and throughout the country, which shows that more than 10 percent of the Connecticut population is currently divorced, while about 48 percent are married. Around 1.4 percent currently are separated and may be in the process of filing for divorce. Whether you are going through a relatively straightforward divorce or will be dealing with the division of property in a high net worth divorce, the West Hartford divorce lawyers at Stanger Stanfield Law can assist you.
The dissolution of marriage falls under Chapter 815, Sections 46b-40 to 46b-89 of the Connecticut General Statutes. In Connecticut, the division of marital property occurs under a theory of equitable distribution. This means that the assets and debts of the marriage will be divided between the spouses in a manner that the court deems to be equitable, or fair, to both parties. In some situations, equitable division may result in an equal division of marital property. However, it is important to understand that equitable division does not mean equal division, and the court will take into account many different factors in determining how to divide the property.
Alimony or Spousal Support
Under Connecticut law, the court may order either party in a divorce proceeding to pay alimony, or spousal support, to the other. The court can take into account a number of different factors in deciding whether to award alimony and how much support to award, including but not limited to:
- Length of the marriage
- Causes for the dissolution of the marriage
- Age of the parties
- Health of the parties
- Occupation(s) of the parties
- Amount and current sources of the parties’ income
- Earning capacity of the parties
- Education and employability of the parties
- Needs of the parties
Child Custody Cases in Connecticut
In West Hartford, child custody is awarded based on what is in the best interests of the child. There are two types of custody:
- Legal custody, or the ability to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing
- Physical custody, or the ability to provide physical care for the child.
The court typically will award custody in one of the following ways:
- Joint legal and physical custody
- Joint legal and sole physical custody
- Sole legal custody and joint physical custody
- Sole legal and physical custody
If you are facing a child custody case, is important to learn more about how the court awards custody and steps you can take to show that your custody of the child is in the child’s best interest. We also regularly assist clients who are seeking child custody modifications.
Child Support Guidelines
In Connecticut, child support law is based on what is known as an “income shares model.” This means that the court presumes that the child will “receive the same proportion of parental income as he or she would have received if the parents lived together.” In other words, the court will look at the income of both parents in deciding how to award child support.
The court will also take into account whether the child is in a low-income or high-asset household, as well as any special needs or special circumstances. A West Hartford child support attorney can help you with your case.
Contact a Family Law Attorney in West Hartford, CT
If you are thinking about filing for divorce or need assistance with a child support or a child custody order, an experienced family law attorney in West Hartford can assist with your case. Contact Stanger Stanfield Law today to learn more about the services we provide.