DIVORCE & FAMILY
If you are facing a divorce, it is critically important to get sound legal advice and a dedicated divorce lawyer on your side as early in the process as possible. This is true even if you predict that the divorce will be relatively straightforward. Even when both spouses agree that a divorce is in everyone's best interests, it is not always easy to think about future needs when making arrangements to end a marriage.
There are many unanswered questions regarding a divorce such as whether you can receive or have to pay alimony; Who pays or receives child support? How is custody of the minor child or children determined? What is joint custody? What is sole custody, shared custody, legal custody, and split custody? How will I know when I will see my kids? How are major decisions for the minor child or children determined? How do we divide assets and debts? How is college paid for? Are we going to sell the house? How are we going to share responsibility for the mortgage? Do I have to share my retirement fund or the inheritance I received while we were married? Does my spouse now own part of my business, even though I started it before we got married?
There are many issues that arise during a divorce and these are just some of the questions that Giustino Capodilupo will help you with. Questions that can cause emotional conflict. Our role is to negotiate on behalf of our client to achieve the best possible outcome and to present our clients’ side at trial if necessary. Attorney Capodilupo will help you regarding your legal options in terms of ending the marriage, providing for any children and dividing marital assets as well as marital debt. Together you and he will choose the options that are in your best interests.
Often forensic accountants are utilized in divorce cases where the division of marital property is a sticking point. It is critically important to have a complete and accurate picture of the value of all assets before the division of same can be negotiated.
Post Judgment Modification
A divorce decree is a legally binding agreement, and both spouses can be penalized under the law for failing to follow the terms of the decree regarding child support, alimony, property division, child custody or visitation, secondary educational orders, or other stipulated matters.
Connecticut law recognizes that people's circumstances change and parties may want to seek a post-divorce modification of the decree which requires the approval of the court if there is a substantial change in circumstances. Post-divorce modifications usually involve changes in financial circumstances or needed changes regarding parenting time and custody.
If there is agreement by both parties to the modification, then it can be a fairly straightforward legal process involving obtaining a judge's approval. However, if the parties disagree the process can be as conflict-ridden and lengthy as the original divorce.
In divorce cases, mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution where a neutral third person listens to the disagreements between two spouses and tries to help them reach a compromise and agreement. Mediation sessions do not happen in a courtroom, and they are not presided over by a judge or hearing officer.
If you and your spouse wish to have help with your divorce then hiring a mediator who will help guide you through the legal process would be a cost saving measure. Helping you to come to an agreement regarding the division of assets, child support, and a viable parenting plan is extremely important for both you and your child(ren).
Attorney Giustino Capodilupo is available to serve as a divorce mediator in such cases. Our office can take you both from the beginning of the process, through negotiating every piece of the divorce agreement, all the way to the final divorce decree.
If you and your spouse want to use this method to complete your divorce, it is important to understand a couple of points:
- If our law firm is going to mediate your divorce, then we cannot talk separately with either spouse. All conversations about the divorce — both about the process and about the substance of the divorce agreement — must take place with both spouses present.
- If the mediation is unsuccessful, and you decide to each hire your own attorney and go forward with a contested divorce, then our law office cannot represent either of you in the contested divorce proceedings.
In some cases, these restrictions discourage people from attempting divorce mediation. However, if you believe that you and your spouse already agree on most issues or can come to an agreement with the help of an experienced divorce attorney, then we urge you to contact our office for more information.
"I can't thank you enough for the representation you provided me in my Divorce proceedings. You were kind, thoughtful, diligent and prepared. I was also pleased, in spite of having to go through with an actual trial, that with your help, I was able to maintain a sense of control and dignity that I wouldn't have imagined possible. I am thrilled with the outcome, but to be honest, after the trial was done, the best part was knowing that we had fully presented our case and had done so in a professional and respectful manner. Well done. I would recommend you and your staff to anyone with a soul who needs counsel."
"First, let me thank you once again for seeing me through what was one of the most unpleasant and disheartening experiences I have ever had. I appreciate your expertise and encouragement in following through with this difficult situation and you handled the whole affair with thoroughness, professionalism and dignity. Perhaps the greatest benefit to me was just knowing that the matter was in your hands. The fact that you won the case is almost incidental to the comfort you provided and the relief of knowing that this was being handled so capably."
“I just wanted to thank you for representing me recently. In an emotionally charged case owing to years of post-divorce bitterness and frustration, you successfully used your calm and level-headed demeanor from allowing my anger to get in the way of what needed to be accomplished. Our strategy sessions and discussions were most helpful. Your experience permitted you to recognize the opportunities that presented themselves and allowed us to take advantage of them, resulting in a resolution to a longstanding matter that I can readily say I am happy with. As we discussed, there is no price one can put on having some peace in one's life.”
“I knew Giustino for many years prior to retaining him as my divorce attorney. His legal knowledge, familiarity with the process, diligence, preparedness, judgment, professionalism, and demeanor are absolutely first-rate. Giustino is exceptionally effective at operating with grace under pressure, maintaining a rational perspective under difficult circumstances, and resolving conflicts in a constructive manner. His courtesy, empathy, and trustworthiness are exemplary. No one could have represented me more effectively, and I wholeheartedly recommend Giustino to those needing superior and compassionate representation.”
“My divorce proceedings were difficult and lengthy. Giustino was able to offer advice and explanations sufficient to guide me through every step of the process. With multiple court appearances required, he always arrived with a professional attitude and prepared for every scenario. His diligence and attention to detail, never wavered. Giustino’s representation at the lengthy trial was impeccable and he always had ample information to answer all the legal challenges that were being made. His professionalism and attention to every point was on target with the resulting judgment in my favor. I would highly recommend Giustino to anyone who needs great quality legal representation.”
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"Giustino Capodilupo was my attorney during one of the most difficult times of my life - my divorce. His strength, support and kindness helped my family and I get through this difficult time."
"Giustino gets the job done. I was happily divorced within nine weeks after the divorce papers were served! He is a good listener and explains confusing legal issues well. He was always there when I needed him."