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Child Visitation: Privileges and Limitations

Parties entering a custody dispute or a divorce proceeding often inquire about visitation privileges by the so-called “non-custodial parent” – that is, the parent whose home is not the primary residence of the minor child.

Entirely separate from the determination of legal custody (which relates to the parties’ arrangements for major legal decisions to be made for and on behalf of the minor child) is the subject of a visitation arrangement, also sometimes referred to as a “parental access plan.” Regardless of which parent is awarded legal custody, a non-custodial parent has a right to visit with his or her child, although such visitation is not guaranteed to be unfettered and unrestricted in all circumstances.

In the best case scenario, the parties or their lawyers may arrange for “flexible, liberal rights of visitation” for the non-custodial parent, which might mean that the parties work out their access schedule amongst themselves, rather than reducing the intricacies of a schedule to writing. In some instances, the parties might follow a broad-brush, general guideline for visits and holiday scheduling which ebbs and flows according to the parties’ schedules and the child’s activities and needs.

On the other end of the spectrum, visitation by a non-custodial parent can be suspended, temporarily denied, or restricted in some fashion by a court if it is found that a parent’s visitation with a minor child would be adverse to that child’s best interest. If it can be demonstrated in a court of law that a child’s personal safety, physical, mental, or emotional well-being, would be negatively and seriously impacted by visitation with a parent, it is likely that such a parent’s visitation will be severely limited, if not suspended entirely.

However, any restriction of a parent’s ability to spend quality time with his or her child is not taken lightly – not by attorneys, and not by the courts. Before taking such drastic measures, courts will look for compelling, factual predicates based on very specific, presently existing circumstances. Before any type of restriction on visitation, a non-custodial parent has a right to a full evidentiary hearing, an opportunity to present and cross-examine witnesses, and a chance to argue to a court that the custodial parent has not established that continued, unlimited visitation would be injurious to the minor child’s best interests.

There are limited situations in which courts deem it appropriate to deny visitation entirely; others in which visitation is restricted in time, place, or manner; still others in which visitation is required to be supervised by a third party, such as a family member or an independent agency.

Obviously, acts or omissions by the non-custodial parent which have directly impacted the child (such as cases of physical abuse, or outright neglect for the child) are looked at most critically and could potentially result in the most drastic of remedies to protect a minor child.

Of course, there are certain other factors which could – in isolated cases – result in restricted visitation by a non-custodial parent. Violence or the threat of violence on the part of the non-custodial parent will be considered as an important factor, provided the evidence offered is competent and survives judicial scrutiny. In very extreme cases only, a mental illness or a psychiatric condition could impact visitation time, but only where it is established, proven, and accepted by a court that there would be harm to the child as a result of the illness if visitation were to take place.

More commonly, issues concerning substance and/or alcohol abuse could and may impact visitation by a non-custodial parent, especially where the behavior is found to be likely to jeopardize a minor child’s welfare. Even in these cases, with the best interests of the child in mind, courts are likely to favor a continued, healthy and loving relationship between the minor child and his or her non-custodial parent, provided that the visitation environment is such that the child will not be harmed or put at risk.

Whether a visitation arrangement will be “flexible and liberal” or heavily regulated is dependent on the factual circumstances of each case, the weight of the evidence, the credibility of the parties and their witnesses, and what is determined by a court to be the best interests of the minor child or children. A legal advisor in this area is challenged not merely to advance a client’s desires, but to simultaneously consider and protect the welfare of the minor child (and the parent-child relationship) when advising his or her client.

Any questions about this posting or confidential inquiries concerning the subject matter, may be directed to Attorney H. Daniel Murphy at hdmurphy@mayalaw.com.
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Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

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Earning Capacity Update: Court Finds Lawyer Capable of Earning Twice As Much As Reported

“Earning capacity…is an amount which a person can realistically be expected to earn considering such things as his vocational skills, employability, age, and health,” pursuant to Weinstein v. Weinstein, a 2007 decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Despite the downtrodden economy, family law judges are still applying the well-established principles of Weinstein in assigning “earning capacity” to litigants in divorce cases where circumstances demonstrate that income could and should, in fact, be substantially greater than what is reported during the divorce.

Just last month, the Superior Court of Hartford (Adelman, J.) held that a law partner who alleged his income was $58,937.00 in 2010 was actually capable of earning $120,000.00 per year, and fixed alimony awards based on such earning capacity. Traystman v. Traystman, Hartford J.D., Docket No. FA10-4050338.

If your divorcing spouse is currently unemployed, underemployed, or otherwise (perhaps deliberately) earning less than he or she should reasonably be expected to earn, we recommend you consult with our family law attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C.. Any inquiries regarding this posting or confidential inquiries concerning the subject matter may be directed to Attorney H. Daniel Murphy at hdmurphy@mayalaw.com, or by phone at 203-221-3100.
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Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

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Alimony Alert- September 9, 2011

On July, 11, 2011, following trial in a Stamford based dissolution action, Judge Wenzel awarded the defendant wife both periodic and lump sum alimony. Pursuant to Judge Wenzel’s orders, the plaintiff husband is obligated to pay to his now ex-wife $3,000.00 per month for a period of three years (from August 1, 2011 through July 31, 2014). With respect to lump sum alimony, the plaintiff must pay his ex-wife $100,000.00 in four equal installments of $25,000.00. The payments are to be made on August 15, 2011, December 15, 2011, April 15, 2012 and August 15, 2012.

The Court found that the parties were married on May 30, 2007 in Westport, Connecticut. The husband is an attorney, and when the parties married, earned over $300,000.00 per year. In 2008, he received a total of $537,000.00 in income which included a substantial severance package. Since 2008 he had been working forty hours per week as a temporary attorney earning approximately $75.00 per hour. The defendant wife was employed in the advertising industry for 31 years, but was terminated just before the parties’ marriage. During the marriage, however, she worked in publishing and advertising. The court did not make a finding as to the defendant’s actual earnings or earning capacity except to the extent that it noted she earned far less than the plaintiff. At the time of trial, the defendant was unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation in the amount of $2,150.00 per month. Each party has two children from previous marriages, but none from their marriage to one another.

In fashioning its alimony award, the Court noted that it considered the factors set forth in Connecticut General Statutes §46b-82. Although it did not state which of those factors it relied upon, it appears the Court did not assign fault to either party. The Court did note, however, that although the defendant has an earning potential, it is far more limited than that of the plaintiff, and she has far fewer resources to rely upon. The Court further stated that its periodic alimony award is meant to help the defendant rehabilitate both in terms of her job skills as well as her physical and emotional condition.

Alimony Alerts are prepared by Michael D. DeMeola of Maya Murphy, P.C.

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Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

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Earning Capacity: Alimony and the Invisible Paycheck

Things change. Incomes rise and fall, jobs come and go, marriages last…and some of them do not. In an economy where the only constant is unpredictability, a theme of increasing frequency in divorce litigation is the difficulty in calculating appropriate alimony or child support figures. When a breadwinner has fallen on hard times – late in a marriage, during a divorce, or immediately thereafter – and is constrained to take a cut in income, should support figures be based on what he or she now earns, or should they instead be based upon what could be earned given that person’s experience, education, credentials, and marketability?

Trial courts in Connecticut often utilize the concept of “earning capacity,” which is “meant to be a flexible concept, particularly suited to cases where the designation of a precise monetary value of earned income is inappropriate.” Weinstein v. Weinstein, 87 Conn. App. 699, 710 (2005). The Connecticut Supreme Court has defined earning capacity as “not an amount which a person can theoretically earn, nor is it confined to actual income, but rather it is an amount which a person can realistically be expected to earn considering such things as his vocational skills, employability, age and health.” Weinstein, 280 Conn. 764 (2007). The Appellate Court has noted that “it is particularly appropriate to base a financial award on earning capacity where there is evidence that the payor has voluntarily quit or avoided obtaining employment in his field.” Hart v. Hart, 19 Conn. App. 91, 95 (1989).

In a recent decision, our Appellate Court reaffirmed the assignment of an earning capacity to a payor of alimony (who sought to reduce his obligation after claiming to receive decreased taxable earnings at his new job), and further underscored the weight an earning capacity determination can have on the primary wage earner of a marriage. In upholding the decision of the trial court which denied a modification of alimony, the Appellate Court pointed out that the plaintiff husband had “failed to provide us with any statute, case law, or rule of practice that requires the trial court to specify an exact earning capacity when calculating an alimony and child support award.” Tanzman v. Meurer, AC 30723, 128 Conn. App. 405 (released May 23, 2011). In other words, under current case law in our state, a judge in a divorce proceeding may assign one party with an earning capacity – and award alimony and/or child support based on that notion of the payor’s expectation of earnings – but there is no requirement whatsoever that requires the Court to precisely specify the monetary value it assigned based on the evidence presented at trial.

This soft spot in our jurisprudence can and does cause additional complications in post-judgment motions to modify support orders, when one party seeks to demonstrate a “substantial change in circumstances” as required by Connecticut General Statutes § 46b-86 et seq. Indeed, when an original alimony award was predicated on earning capacity and not on actual income, and the earning capacity was further left undefined by a trial court, a litigant faces the daunting task of demonstrating a “substantial change” to a non-quantified number. Instead, a moving party is charged with relying upon extrinsic and collateral evidence to demonstrate that his or her earning capacity – however slippery and undefined – has substantially changed within the meaning of the statute and applicable case law.

As a potential payor of alimony in a divorce proceeding, one should be aware that a judge might not simply glance at a tax return or even at a paystub, but may instead base his or her decision on a comprehensive history of the parties’ earnings, education, employability, and economic resilience. Moreover, even after that award is determined, any litigant would be best served to seek the counsel of an experienced family law attorney before attempting to modify the award based on decreased income or a change in employment.

Any questions about this posting or confidential inquiries concerning the subject matter may be directed to Attorney H. Daniel Murphy at hdmurphy@mayalaw.com.
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Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

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Divorce Co-Mediation: Less Fighting, Better Results, and Lower Fees

by H. Daniel Murphy, Esq.

You have taken the difficult step of recognizing that a marriage will no longer work – or perhaps you have been served with divorce papers by your spouse. A world of uncertainty awaits, with questions like:

“What will I do now?”

“Do I need a lawyer?”

“Can we both afford lawyers?”

“How ugly will this get?”

“What will happen with the children?”

“What if I want to retire?”

“What will I have to pay?” or “What will I receive?”

“How long will this take?”

“Will I have to testify in court?”

Or perhaps…

“Is there another way?

There IS another way. As an alternative to the traditional divorce model – with dueling attorneys, depositions, motions, court appearances, and skyrocketing costs – many individuals are now turning to private mediation as a means to obtain a divorce judgment. Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral third party – sometimes a lawyer, sometimes a therapist or counselor – acts as a sounding board and helps the parties identify and resolve their disputes.

Mediation can often be effective, although in many instances one party or the other might feel as though he or she has “won” or “lost” the mediation, gaining some perceived empathy from the mediator because of some similarity or identification with that person. In those cases, the parties’ mutual selection of a mediator may have served to alienate one party or another, with feelings that he or she has selected the “wrong” person to resolve the dispute. For this reason, the parties should meet with the proposed mediator together, to gain a comfort level with the mediator at the same time, and to familiarize themselves with the mediator’s style, approach, and objectives.

To address this issue, unlike many law firms who may offer mediation services, our office provides our clients with an option to co-mediate their family law dispute. Co-mediation pairs two professionals as independently functioning neutrals to lend greater balance, identification, and equity to the mediation process. At Maya Murphy, we offer divorcing couples the option to merge the experience of a family law attorney and aggressive courtroom advocate with the expertise of a licensed, clinical psychologist. With one stop at our Westport office, divorcing couples can work with our co-mediation professional team. From the legal angle, we will identify and narrow the issues in dispute, guiding you through the court system and assisting the parties with the preparation of legally enforceable agreements on property division, child support, alimony, custody, post-secondary educational support, and all related issues. From the therapeutic and clinical perspective within that co-mediation process, we simultaneously offer the skill set of a clinical psychologist with specialization in stressors within the home, at-risk children and associated custody issues, substance abuse and anger management issues, and a keen acumen towards resolving conflict.

All of the above are provided to our co-mediation clients a fraction of the costs incurred every day by parties in conventional divorce litigation. Our co-mediation professionals will work seamlessly and tirelessly to resolve your family law disputes – efficiently, effectively, and painlessly.

For more information about our Firm’s mediation and co-mediation options, kindly contact H. Daniel Murphy at hdmurphy@mayalaw.com or at 203-221-3100.
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Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

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Court Enters Fifteen Year Unallocated Alimony and Support Award in Recent Dissolution of Marriage Action

In a relatively recent dissolution of marriage action pending in the Judicial District of Fairfield at Bridgeport, the Court awarded the wife unallocated alimony and support in the amount of $6,000 per month for a period of ten years, followed by $3,000 per month for a period of five years. Married in 1993, the parties were the parents of four minor children. The husband was employed in the insurance industry throughout the marriage, and during the two years leading up to the parties’ dissolution, owned his own insurance company. The court found that the husband’s earning capacity increased steadily throughout the marriage to approximately $200,000 at the time of trial. This included earned income, commissions and other unearned income.

The wife’s work history was brief, and occurred mostly before the parties’ had children. Though she was primarily responsible for raising the children, at the time of trial, she had returned to school and was in the process of obtaining an associate’s degree. The parties’ primary asset was the marital home, which, according to the Court, had a value of approximately $600,000.

Based on its findings, the Court ordered the husband to pay to the wife the sum of $6,000 as unallocated alimony and child support for a period of ten years, followed by $3,000 per month for a period of five years. The Court limited the duration of alimony, which was otherwise non-modifiable, upon the wife’s remarriage, the death of either party, or the wife’s cohabitation. The Court also ordered that if the marital home was sold, the husband’s alimony obligation would increase to $7,500 per month for the first ten years and $3,750 for the following five years.

Should you have any questions regarding matrimonial matters, please do not hesitate to contact Michael D. DeMeola, Esq. He can be reached by telephone in the firm’s Westport office at (203) 221-3100 or by e-mail at mdemeola@mayalaw.com.
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Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

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In Dissolution of Marriage Action, Court Orders Both an Allocated and Unallocated Alimony Award

In a recent dissolution of marriage action, the Court ordered a husband to pay to his wife unallocated alimony and child support for a period of two and one-half years, followed by allocated alimony and child support for a period of six years. The parties originally met in 1998 and were married for 13 years. They were the parents of two children, both of whom were minors at the time of trial. The parties blamed each other for the breakdown of the marriage, with the wife accusing the husband of engaging in verbally and physically abusive behavior, and the husband accusing the wife of being unfaithful. Despite the parties’ accusations, the Court ultimately found that neither was at greater fault for the marital breakdown.

At the time of trial, the wife was forty-one years of age. She had suffered from asthma for approximately three years and also had heart spasms, though neither condition prevented her from working. During the marriage, she earned between $30,000 and $40,000 per year until the birth of the parties’ second child. According to the wife, at that point, the husband asked her to cut back so she could care for the children. Based on her earnings history, the Court found the wife had an earning capacity of $40,000 per year.

The husband was fifty-two years of age and generally in good health. At one point during the marriage he earned approximately $100,000 per year as a car salesman. However, at the time of trial he was working as a general manager at a local dealership earning $211,120 gross annually, or $4,060 gross per week.

Based on its findings, the Court awarded the wife unallocated alimony and child support in the amount of $1,000 per week for a period of two and one-half years, followed by periodic alimony in the amount of $250 per week for a period of six years, and child support in the amount of $500 per week until the parties’ children graduate from high school, or attain the age of 19, whichever occurs first. The Court designated both the unallocated award and the allocated periodic alimony as non-modifiable as to duration, and also allowed the wife a safe harbor, permitting her to earn up to $40,000 per year before the husband could seek a downward modification to his alimony obligation.

Should you have any questions regarding matrimonial matters, please do not hesitate to contact Michael D. DeMeola, Esq. He can be reached by telephone in the firm’s Westport office at (203) 221-3100 or by e-mail at mdemeola@mayalaw.com.
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Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

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Despite Earning Little Income During Marriage, Husband’s Earning Capacity Controlled Alimony and Child Support Awards

Written by Lindsay E. Raber, Esq.

In a recent divorce action, the Superior Court of Connecticut, Judicial District of Fairfield at Bridgeport considered a plaintiff wife’s request to dissolve her marriage of twelve (12) years, and how to calculate child custody and alimony payments.

In this case, the defendant husband came into the marriage with approximately $1 million of inherited assets, while the wife had very limited resources. Despite being highly educated and due to very limited employment, the husband could not generate meaningful income, and due to spending habits by both parties, the marital assets were largely depleted. On the other hand, the wife earned approximately $300,000 through the course of the marriage, which she contributed to the household, and noted that the wife was “obviously not pleased with defendant’s ability to generate income.” The court felt the husband had “aptitude, education, [and] skills to be gainfully employed.” Therefore, when the court entered into its orders dissolving the marriage, it imputed an earning capacity to the husband in the amount of $75,000. Using this figure, the court awarded the wife alimony of $1,000 per month as well as child support pursuant to the statutory guidelines.

Should you have questions regarding matrimonial matters, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Joseph C. Maya in the firm’s Westport office in Fairfield County at 203-221-3100 or at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.
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Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

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In Divorce Action, Family Business Deemed Marital Asset, Wife Entitled to One-Half Interest

Written by Lindsay E. Raber, Esq.

In a recent divorce action, the Superior Court of Connecticut, Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk at Stamford declared, as a marital asset subject to division, a business the husband formed and from which he officially retired but continued working for thereafter. The plaintiff wife and defendant husband were married for thirty-eight (38) years and resided in Stamford. The husband was the primary breadwinner and controlled finances within the marriage. Among a number of businesses and properties in which the husband held interest was one he formed in the early 1990s. This family-run business venture provided lucrative income for the husband, which supported a very comfortable lifestyle. Until the time he retired, the husband was the principal officer of the business, and on January 1, 2012, the husband retired “with the intention of turning it over to his elder daughter.” However, evidence was presented that despite his official retirement the husband remained active with the company, including check-signing power.

In its findings, the trial court did not find credible the husband’s testimony regarding his retirement from the family business, and believed he “continues to play and will continue to play a significant role in the business.” As such, the court believed it proper to consider the husband’s earning capacity while crafting alimony and child support orders. It deemed the business a marital asset, to which the wife had a fifty (50) percent interest in the net proceeds from its sale. The trial court enjoined and prohibited the husband from selling or transferring his interest in the company. If the husband attempted to do so without court approval, it would be in violation of automatic orders, and the sale or transfer would be treated as void ab initio, or from the beginning.

Whether advancing or defending a pre- or post-judgment motion regarding awards of alimony and assignment of property, a divorced individual is best served by consulting with an experienced family law practitioner. Should you have questions regarding matrimonial matters, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Joseph C. Maya in the firm’s Westport office in Fairfield County at 203-221-3100 or at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.
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Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

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