Connecticut Divorce Lawyers – Kocian Law Group
Divorce and Family Law
At the Kocian Law Group, we understand that the decision to file for divorce can be one of the most difficult, heart-breaking, and complicated decisions that one can make. Divorce is also a financial issue that must follow Connecticut law, which presents certain hurdles.
Just as no two marriages are the same, no two divorces are the same. Rest assured that at the Kocian Law Group, we will always take the time to discuss your needs, concerns, and the best approach to handle your unique divorce case.
Once you have made the decision to proceed with a divorce, it is important to retain counsel immediately. Even if you and your spouse agree that your marriage has broken down, that there is no hope for reconciliation, and that you would just like to end things amicably and go your separate ways, the reality is that divorce is a complicated and stressful matter. Even the friendliest of divorces can become litigious in an instant when emotions run high.
Of course, you will have questions throughout the course of your divorce and we are here to answer all of them for you. Should I file for divorce, or let my spouse file? How much will this cost me? Who will our children live with? Will they be separated? What will happen to the house? How will the assets and debts of the marriage be divided? Am I entitled to alimony or child support? Will I have to pay alimony or child support?
There is no one single answer applicable to all divorce cases. Every case is different. At the Kocian Law Group we will work with you to develop the best plan to suit your needs and the circumstances of your divorce.
Because Connecticut uses a “no-fault” divorce system, neither spouse gains an advantage by filing for divorce first. However, the parties must meet residency and other requirements in order to file. Once a divorce case is opened, certain procedural rules apply, including rules relating to automatic orders, waiting periods, and the case management program. At Kocian Law, we take care to ensure you understand and are prepared for how the process works.
If you do not have children with your spouse, and do not own a home, divorce can be a simpler undertaking. The process is naturally more complicated when children are involved. Whether or not you have children, however, working with Kocian Law Group can make the divorce process easier and ensure you have the protections you need.
If your spouse is represented, we will contact his or her attorney and attempt to resolve any conflicts so the divorce settlement may proceed. If your spouse is not represented, we will work with them in an attempt to bring your divorce to a speedy conclusion. We will keep the lines of communication open with your spouse or your spouse’s attorney.
Property Distribution in Divorce
We will next examine the financial position of your marriage, including both assets and debts. In Connecticut, the marital assets and debts are to be “equitably distributed,” or distributed in a way that puts the parties on roughly fair footing with regard to both assets and debts. In some divorces, this means both assets and debts are split equally, but in others, a different arrangement is required. At the Kocian Law Group, we will work to help maximize the distribution in your favor, while at the same time, working with your spouse or your spouse’s attorney to maintain cordiality, particularly if children are involved.
Finally, if your divorce is complete and your spouse is not following the terms of the divorce decree, we will help you seek the appropriate penalties, including attorney’s fees or the modification of custody and support orders as appropriate. Conversely, if your spouse has sought penalties against you, we can help to minimize the negative effects of a finding against you.
At the Kocian Law Group, we pride ourselves on understanding the complicated and very personal nature of divorce and family proceedings. We work with husbands and wives, plaintiffs and defendants, those charged with contempt and those who bring the allegations.
If you are involved in a divorce, post-divorce proceedings, or are even thinking about whether divorce is right for you, please contact our office. We are here to help.