Family Law

Top Family Attorneys in Connecticut

Our family law team handles dissolution of marriage / divorce, legal separation, custody and parenting issues, mediation, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, family support matters, post-judgment enforcement issues.  We represent all families, whether traditional or non-traditional, including unmarried couples and same sex couples.

Whether our attorneys are negotiating a settlement or representing a client at trial, we endeavor to craft constructive resolutions that meet our clients’ expectations.  Our family law attorneys also serve as private mediators for couples in Connecticut seeking to collaborate on the dissolution of their marriages.

O’Connell, Attmore & Morris has considerable family law trial experience.  Our proven willingness to go to trial gives our clients an advantage through the negotiation process.


The firm utilizes our highly trained staff to assist in the management of cases.  We endeavor to resolve cases as efficiently as possible so we can help families find the closure that they seek.  If you are looking for a family attorney, we will listen to you and work with you during this stressful time.

CHILD CUSTODY

O’Connell, Attmore & Morris has handled child custody matters in both dissolution of marriage cases and custodial actions involving unmarried individuals and non-traditional families.  We have represented our clients in custody disputes in the Superior Court, Juvenile Courts and Probate Courts of Connecticut. Our child custody lawyers are very familiar with the experts in the field to support and advocate the presentation of our clients’ positions to the court.

Whether negotiating or drafting access plans to deal with the day-to-day parenting issues, vacations and holiday access, our attorneys have the broad-ranging skills necessary to effectuate our clients’ interests.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE / DIVORCE

The attorneys at O’Connell, Attmore & Morris have decades of experience as divorce lawyers in Connecticut, representing our clients in actions dissolving their marriages.  As is often the case, issues of alimony, custody, access, child support and property settlement are also resolved during this process either by trial or negotiation.

As a result of our experience in this area, our attorneys have pursued and defended restraining orders.  Additionally, our firm has experience handling criminal protective orders that sometimes arise during contested family cases.

ADOPTION

Our family lawyers can assist clients in Connecticut with adoption cases and have experience with the legal requirements necessary for grandparent, step-parent and same-sex-couple adoptions. Our attorneys are knowledgeable regarding the laws dealing with AID adoptions (Artificial Insemination by Donor) and open adoption in which birth parents retain contact with the child.

PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS

The family law attorneys at O’Connell, Attmore & Morris are experienced at drafting and reviewing pre-nuptial agreements. Our attorneys are familiar with the current state of the law governing prenuptial agreements and bring this knowledge to bear in drafting and reviewing these agreements and advising our clients of their rights and responsibilities under these agreements.

MEDIATION

While, to a certain extent, all dissolution matters involve negotiation and mediation, we have experienced attorneys trained as mediators and who are willing to act as mediator with the agreement of both parties to effectuate a fair and equitable resolution to the dissolution of your marriage and/or custody issues. In addition, we have represented many clients involved in mediation to explain the process, advise them of their rights, and to assist them in evaluating the proposals generated by the mediator.

LGBT

Recognizing the ever-changing landscape of the law with regard to members of the LGBT community, Attorney Claudia Sklar and her team draws upon her broad-ranging background and experience to assist individuals and same-sex couples and their families on all legal issues, including:

  •  Co-parent and second parent adoptions for same-sex couples
  •  Custody
  •  Estate planning, including wills and trusts; probate matters between unmarried couple
  •  Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  •  Co-habitation agreements
  •  Powers of Attorney
  •  Advanced healthcare directives; medical and end-of-life decision-making
  •  Real estate transactions, including joint tenancy agreements
  •  Business planning
  •  Dissolutions of marriage; termination of relationship and property division