Family Lawyer in Stamford, Connecticut
The decision to change your family circumstances through divorce, adoption or a modified custody or support agreement can be stressful. It can also be expensive. At the Law Office of Joseph T. O'Connor, we are dedicated to resolving your family law issue in an effective, affordable manner through strategic legal counsel.
Legal counsel you can trust for your family law needs
From our office in Stamford, we represent clients in family law issues such as:
Divorce, annulment and legal separation — Attorney O'Connor has 25 years of professional experience handling divorces. Our firm is prepared to meet all of your divorce law needs, including the issues involved in complex, high net-worth and international divorces.
Child custody and visitation — In child custody matters, the courts focus on making decisions that are in the child's best interest. This is also our focus. We consider the potential long-term consequences and advise you about courses of action that work for you while serving the best interests of your child.
The state requires a lawyer interested in becoming a guardian ad litem for a minor to complete a comprehensive training program sponsored by the Connecticut Judicial Branch. Attorney O'Connor completed this program in 2011.
Child support — Child support orders are based on several factors, including the child's needs, both parents' incomes and the custody agreement. Enforcement of child support orders is critical. We assist clients in all matters related to child support, including initial orders, enforcement and adjustments to child support agreements.
Spousal support (alimony) — Connecticut considers many factors in determining whether or not to award spousal support, such as: the length of the marriage, the reason for the divorce or legal separation, and the age, health, occupation, amount and sources of income, vocational skills, employability, estate and needs of each spouse. Spousal support orders can be modified or terminated at any time following the divorce, depending on the circumstances. We work to secure the spousal support agreement that meets your needs.
Domestic violence — Domestic violence is a criminal matter, but it is also may involve a compensable injury that can be handled in civil court. We represent victims in domestic violence plaintiff actions against their alleged abuser.
Pre- and post-marital agreements — At the Law Office of Joseph T. O'Connor, we believe in preventative legal counsel. That is, avoiding potential legal challenges before a crisis arises. We strive to protect our clients through pre- and post-marital agreements, and encourage our clients to resolve financial issues before a dispute.
Arbitration, mediation and conflict negotiation — Litigation can be an expensive and time-consuming prospect. It often drags on for weeks, months or even years while bills pile up and very little is resolved. We work hard to resolve our clients' legal matters through arbitration, mediation and negotiation whenever possible. We are adept at finding creative solutions to even the most complex or contentious issues. This ensures our clients' best interests are protected and the matter is handled privately and confidentially, rather than decided by a judge in court.
Trial and appellate work — As a seasoned family law attorney of 25 years, Attorney O'Connor has extensive experience handling trial and appellate matters. We use that in-depth knowledge and familiarity in the courtroom to our clients' advantage as we work to protect your best interests and resolve your family law issue.
Post-judgment proceedings, modification and enforcement — While we strive to secure the optimal agreement for you before and during your divorce proceedings, adjustments and modifications to existing agreements sometimes are warranted due to changing circumstances. We also bring our high level of knowledge, experience and dedication to matters involving post-judgment proceedings, modification and enforcement of existing agreements.
Property and asset division — The division of property and assets during a divorce can be highly contentious. The higher the net worth of the assets, the higher the stakes and the more complex the negotiations. We have extensive experience in privately held businesses and family trusts, as well as business valuation, international discovery and pension issues.
Contact the Law Office of Joseph T. O'Connor today
If you need the assistance of a seasoned Connecticut family law attorney, the Law Office of Joseph T. O'Connor in Stamford can help. Call us at 203.356.0001 or contact us online today.