Family Law Information
Family Law Information
Judith Goldberg provides the highest quality legal representation to our clients. Our focus of representation is in the area of family law which encompasses Custody and parenting issues, Divorce and Legal Separation, Divorce Financial Planning, Post-Divorce Modifications and Enforcement proceedings, Premarital Agreements, Post-Marital Agreements, Adoption and other domestic relations matters.
There are several areas encompassed in family law such as visitation, child support, child custody, alimony or spousal maintenance, and possibly a prenuptial agreement, child relocation requests or opposition, and/or protective orders.
Family Law – Child Support & Child Custody
When there are children involved, there must be an arrangement regarding custody and visitation. Custody can be joint or sole to one parent with access to the other. The level of constructive communication between the parents will be an important factor for a court to consider if joint custody is desired. A court will use the best interests of the child standard when setting forth a visitation schedule for a noncustodial parent, and in fact in all matters involving children. Each case is decided strictly on its own set of facts. Working with a family law attorney will help you determine the best course of action for your visitation case. Read more.
The purpose of an order for child support is to provide financial support for a child or children. Parents have a legal obligation to support their minor children under the age of 18 and sometimes beyond that if the child attends college. In court cases where child support is an issue, such as in divorce, annulment or separation, or in a custody or support action between unmarried parties, the court has authority to enter orders directing parents to support their children. Read More
Child custody can be joint or sole to one parent usually with the opportunity of the other to spend specified time with the child. The overriding goal in determining child custody and developing a parenting plan is to strive to achieve what is best for the child or children’s healthy development. It is generally believed that a child’s best interests are served by that child’s frequent and continuing contact with both parents after they separate unless the court finds that parental contact and responsibility would be detrimental to a child such as potentially in a case of domestic violence directed towards the child. Read More
About Alimony & Spousal Support
Alimony is continuing support from one spouse to another for a specified period of time. When individuals enter into a marriage each spouse is viewed as owing a duty of support to the other; much like a contractual obligation. When alimony is awarded in a divorce it is viewed as being based on this continuing duty of one spouse to the other. But there is no absolute right to alimony. There is no gender bias either; the law of Connecticut is gender neutral. Either spouse may be awarded alimony from the other. In making an award of alimony the court will consider many factors. There is no specific formula to determine the calculation or duration of alimony. A court will measure a spouse’s duty of support against the reasonable limits of the other party’s ability to pay. Read More
What Is A Prenuptial Agreement
A Prenuptial Agreement is a contract between prospective spouses that is made contemplating marriage; it can also be referred to as a Premarital Agreement. By entering into this formal written agreement, the participants create contract terms for some or all of the rights that arise by law as a result of their marriage relationship. That includes reaching an understanding before getting married predetermining what would happen with their estates if they should divorce or upon the death of either party. Read More
What Is A Protective Order?
Protective orders are available to those who are subjected to domestic violence. Domestic violence occurs when you are subject to violence by a family or household member. In the context of obtaining court protection through a restraining order, domestic violence constitutes a continuous threat of present physical pain or physical injury, stalking or a pattern of threatening by another person. Threatening includes, among other acts, a physical threat to intentionally place or attempt to place you in immediate physical danger. Read More