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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?

Determining 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.

We Know What Results Mean

for You & Your Family

If you feel anxious or stressed about the upcoming legal process, do not think that you are alone. Most clients come to our firm feeling as though the family law process is weighted against them. Our New Haven County divorce attorneys have the experience and skill needed to stand up for your rights and help guide you to the most favorable resolution possible. Whether you are a father or mother, we work tirelessly to make sure gender does not play a role in the final decisions regarding your divorce or custody arrangement.

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