Frequently Asked Family Law Questions
Answers from Our Trusted New Haven County Divorce Lawyers
If you are facing a family law or divorce matter, your life is likely facing
significant changes—and with those change can come uncertainty and
anxiety. At the
Law Offices of William P. Burns Jr. LLC, we make a point to keep our clients well-informed throughout their case
about their legal options and prospects. Below, we have also provided
answers to some of the most common questions we get from clients concerning
their family law issue.
Will My Divorce Require a Courtroom Battle?
Every divorce is different and the length and difficulty of one largely
depends on the spouses' level of conflict over the terms of their
marriage dissolution. If parents just cannot see eye-to-eye over child
custody, for example, then courtroom litigation is necessary for a judge
to rule on that matter.
However, it should be said that more and more couples who can see eye-to-eye opt for
uncontested divorces, which can be swifter, cheaper, and far less stressful than the typical
contested "courtroom" divorce most people envision. Uncontested
divorce requires that both parties submit information to the court—but
litigation is avoided. For more information,
contact us today.
Should I Expect the Court to Award Child Custody to the Mother?
For decades, courts all over the country tended to favor mothers when it came to
child custody. Times have changed, however, and now courts recognize the critical role
that both parents play in the upbringing of a child. That is why child
custody and support matters face a more rigorous and fair scrutiny and
why shared custody has become increasingly common.
Will I Have to Pay Alimony—and How Much?
alimony is a matter for the court and dependent on many factors, including the
financial needs of each spouse, the length of the marriage, and why the
marriage ended. It should be noted that alimony is rarely permanent anymore,
as well—it is usually set for a temporary amount of time which will
allow the dependent spouse to transition to a new lifestyle or earn more
money on their own.
Domestic violence is a factor in my divorce. How should I proceed?
Domestic violence is a critical matter that is taken very seriously by Connecticut courts.
Not only can this violence lead to criminal charges, but it can drastically
affect the outcome of a divorce proceeding, as well. At our firm, our
compassionate New Haven County divorce lawyers are well-versed in obtaining
restraining orders for our clients, completing their divorce filing, and
helping them stay out of harm's way.
I'm an Unmarried Father with No Access to My Child. Is This Legal?
At the Law Offices of William P. Burns Jr. LLC, we are well-aware of the
challenges many men face when trying to assert their
rights as a father. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for unmarried men to establish the
paternity of their child and protect their role in their upbringing. Our
team is ready to hear to hear these clients' stories, assess their
legal options, and do everything we legally can to ensure that they remain
an important part of their child's lives.
Have more questions about your divorce or family law matter? Use our online
form today to
request an evaluation with our team.