Family law is a wide-reaching legal field that encompasses numerous domestic matters such as marriage, divorce, and parenting. Our Connecticut family lawyers offer a variety of services to support you during significant life events. Whether you have questions about drafting a prenuptial agreement, petitioning for child custody, or requesting alimony, talk to an experienced attorney at our firm today.
Two of the main services offered at family law firms are divorce litigation and mediation. However, there are many other types of domestic issues for which families might seek legal help. The skilled attorneys at Dolan Divorce Lawyers regularly handle cases concerning the following domestic matters:
The laws governing these issues are complex and attempting to interpret legal statutes during significant life moments can be overwhelming. Thus, it is often beneficial to seek legal help from a knowledgeable and compassionate family lawyer.
When seeking to end one’s marriage, it is essential to speak with a family law attorney familiar with Connecticut’s legal statutes. Relationships end for many reasons, but there is not always one person responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. For this reason, the state allows spouses to file for no-fault or fault divorces.
Couples who simply have “irreconcilable differences” typically file for no-fault divorces. Conversely, if one person was unfaithful, the spouses might file for a fault-based dissolution. A lawyer can inform individuals of the legal implications of both filings.
Matthew F. Dolan is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. Attorney Dolan handles the firm’s Family Law matters, with a particular focus on high asset divorce cases. Attorney Dolan has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for the State of Connecticut, he has been selected as a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Family Law from 2015 through 2019 (each year, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list).
Nicole C. Bikakis handles Family Law matters for the firm, with a particular focus on high asset and high-income divorce cases and custody disputes. Attorney Bikakis joins Dolan Divorce Lawyers after working as an associate attorney at Saxe, Doernberger & Vita, P.C., in Trumbull Connecticut. Attorney Bikakis was selected to the New England Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Nicole A. Carnemolla is a partner at Dolan Divorce Lawyers. Nicole handles the firm’s family law matters, with a particular focus on high income/asset divorce cases and custody matters. Attorney Carnemolla joins Dolan Divorce Lawyers after working as an associate attorney at Lynch Law Group, LLC in Shelton, CT, where she handled both civil and matrimonial matters. While Attorney Carnemolla has developed significant experience in both civil litigation and matrimonial cases, she is continually drawn back to family matters and focuses her practice in that area.
Kevin J. O’Leary is a lifelong resident of New Haven County who handles the firm’s Family Law matters. Attorney O’Leary joined Dolan Divorce Lawyers after working as a Child Support Investigator for the State of Connecticut for seven years. While working as a child support investigator, Attorney O’Leary investigated paternity and support cases throughout the state.
Mitch is a lifelong Connecticut resident. Mitch graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac School of Law, where he was an associate editor for the Quinnipiac Law Review, and received the Academic Achievement Award in contracts. Prior to law school, Mitch attended Southern Connecticut State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. After law school, Mitch obtained a certification as a counselor of domestic violence.
Louise R. Zito is “Of Counsel” to Dolan Family Law. She is a family law Attorney Mediator and Collaborative Attorney, admitted in Connecticut, New York and Federal Court. She offers client consultations for all areas of family matters, is available as consulting/review counsel, provides consultations and second opinions for existing mediations, consultation services to other professionals experiencing Impasse in their Mediations and Collaborative work.
Child support is often a highly contested matter for recently-divorced individuals and couples who were never married. Connecticut law requires all parents involved in these disputes to submit a Connecticut Child Support Guidelines Worksheet to the court. This document uses a formula to calculate regular payments based on both parties’ incomes.
After completing this worksheet, parents may work with a lawyer to negotiate child support that deviates from the calculated value. A legal professional can ensure any support agreements meet the applicable legal requirements. Alternatively, if two parties were never married, a parent might hire legal counsel for help requesting a paternity test to confirm or contest obligations to pay child support.
Child custody and visitation disputes are often emotional for both parents and the children involved. Working with a local family lawyer can help parents distance themselves from these strong emotions and negotiate an agreement that is best for their children.
The child custody and visitation laws in Connecticut apply to both divorced and unmarried parents. There are two types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody concerns where the child resides, while legal custody involves making significant child-rearing decisions.
The courts consider many factors when determining child custody and visitation. Judges often rule in favor of both parents sharing custody, but this is not always the case. If one parent believes they should have sole legal custody, a skilled family law attorney can help them present a strong argument to the court.
Domestic issues can lead to contentious disputes that impact the entire family. Though state law permits individuals to represent themselves in family court, you do not have to face the legal system alone.
Hiring a Connecticut family lawyer can significantly improve your chances of achieving the desired outcome in your case. The legal team at Dolan Divorce Lawyers can help you navigate the legal system, whether you are dealing with the marital dissolution process, a prenuptial agreement, or a child custody case. Schedule a consultation with an attorney today to learn more about your legal rights and options.