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New Haven County Divorce Lawyer

When people going through a divorce come to our office, they are often in personal pain. It’s the kind of pain that can make dealing with complex legal questions even more difficult. They need to know that they have a New Haven County divorce lawyer that combines a sharp grasp of the law with an iron will when it comes to advocacy. Here at Hirsch Legal, LLC, we pride ourselves and delivering exactly that kind of strong, empowering leadership 

We all of New Haven County and into Westford, Trumble, and Monroe. Clients come to us because they need someone who will listen to them, advocate for their concerns in negotiation, but be prepared to fight hard in court if that’s what it takes to get fairness. Call the office at (203) 769-7388 or fill out our online contact form to set up a consultation. 

Issues in a Connecticut Divorce Settlement

Every couple will have different issues to work out, but they generally fall into three broad legal categories. 

Property Division

Connecticut law calls for equitable distribution of property. Two points must be emphasized. The first is that equitable does not mean 50/50. It might end up that way, but “equitable” is an intangible term that leaves considerable discretion in the hands of a judge. Moreover, unlike other states, Connecticut allows for separate property—that which a spouse owned exclusively prior to marriage—to be subject to the equitable distribution settlement. 

The leeway a judge has in the event of litigation, can make the role of a New Haven County divorce attorney even more important. When discretion is involved, the persuasive power of the legal presentation can become even more critical. Evidence and documentation has to be diligently gathered and powerfully presented. That’s what Hirsch Legal, LLC aims to deliver clients on each and every case. 

Alimony

The goal of a settlement is to allow each spouse to live in the lifestyle they were accustomed to during the marriage, at least as far as is reasonably possible. When that’s not possible, any hardship should be equitably shared. When two spouses earned substantially different levels of income, that’s where alimony can be introduced. 

Here again, a judge will have their share of leeway in deciding how much alimony will be for, and how long it will go on. Courts will consider the length of the marriage, sacrifices made by the economically disadvantaged spouse (i.e., devoting their time to raising children or caring for elderly parents), and what the immediate career prospects are of that spouse. And here again, the diligence and advocacy efforts of the New Haven County divorce lawyer might end up being significant. 

Child Custody

The court has two different decisions to make on custody issues. There is the physical custody of the child, which refers to where children will live. There is also the legal custody of the child, which means the authority to make decisions in big-picture areas of their life, like medical care, religion, and where they go to school. 

In both areas of custody, courts can choose between sole custody and joint custody. As the names suggest, sole custody means one parent has primary control. Joint custody means the parents equally share rights and responsibilities. 

Justice in Your Hands

All of these subjects are more than just arcane legal issues. They’re existential in the lives of our clients and how they are resolved in the settlement will go a long way towards determining a person’s quality of life moving forward. That’s why we make sure we educate our clients on what’s happening. We empower them to be active participants in the process. And we fight for their best interests. Call Hirsch Legal, LLC today at (203) 769-7388 or contact us online today. 

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