New Haven-Waterbury Family Lawyer

Connecticut Family Lawyer

The divorce process is generally emotionally charged, even if both parties agree it is in their best interest to separate. In fact, out of 49 listed life events, psychologists rank divorce as the second most stressful time and you need a lawyer who is compassionate, to help get you through it.

At my office, the Law Office of Patrick T. Dunn, I use my service and experience of 19 years and 600 cases to make divorce, custody, visitation, and child support, as amicable as possible. I have been serving the community since 1997 and have a track record of success in helping my clients resolve all of these issues.

Family Lawyer in Connecticut: Property Division

Connecticut is an equitable division state, which means that property the couple has accumulated during their marriage is divided between the couple in a manner the court determines is fair. This does not mean equal. Property division can be a daunting prospect to handle without an attorney. If the decision is left to the Judge many factors can come into play that will affect the parties for years to come. Property division is not just about houses and cars, but pension and retirement plans, bank accounts and personal possessions.

The court considers many factors in making this determination, such as the length of the marriage, the earning capacity of each party, their ages and health and the reasons for the dissolution of the marriage.

Child Custody and Visitation

Divorcing parents may agree to a “Parenting Responsibility Plan” and file it with the court, or they may each present a plan to the court and the court will make a final decision based on what is in the best interest of the child. The plan includes, among other things:

  • When the child is with each parent.
  • The decision-making responsibilities of each parent.
  • How disputes will be resolved.
  • Provisions for parents to avoid conflict in front of the children.
  • Post secondary education costs.
  • Sports and activity costs.

Custody and visitation issues are usually the most emotional  and painful part of any couples separation. Attorney Patrick T. Dunn has years of experience in representing not only the parents but also children in high conflict custody cases. Attorney Patrick T. Dunn is experienced as both Attorney for minor children (AMC) and as Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for children.  It helps to have an attorney with the experience of Patrick T. Dunn in negotiating a parental responsibility plan.

Child Support

Connecticut courts are mandated to not only determine the amount of child support to be paid but also cover provisions for:

  • Unre-imbursed medical contribution.
  • Child care/day care costs.
  • Arrearage payments.

They calculate the income of both the mother and the father and set an amount of support based on the number of children. Health care and childcare costs are also factors the courts consider in coming to a final amount that one parent will pay the other for child support.

Contact Connecticut Family Law Attorney Patrick T. Dunn

Family law attorney Patrick T. Dunn has the experience you need to handle all of your family law needs. His offices are in New Haven, CT and Waterbury. He also serves Hartford, Litchfield and Fairfield Counties. Call him today at (203) 824-2976.

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