Put 50-Plus Years Of Experience In Your Corner
Family dynamics can be complicated. They become even more complex when they intersect with the law. Major transitions such as marriage, divorce, separation and adoption involve weighty legal and emotional considerations. At Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo & DeNigris, LLP, we guide clients through these transitions with the utmost level of dedication, professionalism and understanding.
Laurie DeNigris is a partner at the firm and focuses on this area. We have more than 50 years of combined experience, including significant experience with alternative dispute resolution. Both of our Southington divorce attorneys are highly knowledgeable in Connecticut family law.
We serve clients throughout the Hartford area facing a wide range of family law issues, including:
- Property division
- Custody modifications
- Premarital agreements
- Divorce and separation
- Alimony determinations
- Cohabitation agreements
- Post-divorce modifications
- Child custody and support determinations
While we are always prepared to take cases to trial, our family law attorneys emphasize more collaborative, out-of-court resolutions whenever possible. This approach may spare you the stress and expense of time-consuming court proceedings. Additionally, it empowers you to have more of a say in important life decisions.
As creative problem-solvers, our attorneys will get to know you and understand what’s important to you. We will then advise a strategy based on your goals and values. That may mean working out a resolution through collaborative law methods, mediation or negotiation. If protecting your interests requires going to court, we are well-equipped to do so.
Ensuring Fairness When Dividing Property
Even when you are prepared for the emotional fallout surrounding a divorce, it is easy to feel shocked by the complex property division process. You worry about getting a fair deal, holding onto sentimental belongings, and facing the stressful prospect of squaring off with your ex in court.
At Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo & DeNigris, LLP, our experienced counsel helps you approach asset division with a calm attitude and confidence in knowing that your interests are protected.
How Assets Are Split
When handling a divorce, the state of Connecticut follows equitable distribution guidelines to split up property. Unfortunately, equitable does not always mean fair. If your former spouse makes more money, for example, a judge may decide to award him or her two-thirds of property, while you only get one-third. If you have kids and your ex does the majority of child rearing, he or she may get to keep the house.
Advocating For Your Interests
Instead of leaving major life decisions up to a judge, it is often favorable for both parties to resolve differences in mediation. This puts less emphasis on “winning” and more on negotiating a mutually beneficial outcome.
Our family law attorneys are extremely skilled in settling property division matters outside of court. You are able to relax knowing we are handling the messy details and conversations with your ex’s legal team, all while representing your interests.
Helping Families Discover Child Custody & Support Solutions
Child custody and support are extremely serious matters that can be among the most contentious in Connecticut divorce proceedings. It is important that your parental rights are protected but also that your goals are in line with your child’s best interests.
The family law court will ensure that the custody agreement and the level of child support agreed upon align with your child’s best interests.
At Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo & DeNigris, LLP, we work to the best of our abilities to help our clients craft favorable child custody and support agreements outside of court, but we are prepared to defend your rights and your child’s interests in court, if necessary.
A Collaborative Approach To Child Custody & Support
Attorney Laurie DeNigris is extensively experienced in “no-court” alternatives such as collaborative law and mediation. We encourage our clients to participate in these alternative dispute resolution models for the benefits they hold for both our clients and their children.
The benefits of using these alternative dispute resolution models include:
- Collaborative law and mediation allow the parties to have more control and play a bigger role in the outcome of their case.
- Both of these models are “no-court” alternatives, so the parties are able to settle their differences without having court orders imposed upon them.
- These models are typically less time-consuming and less costly, both financially and emotionally, not only on the parents but also on the children.
- Meetings are conducted in the law office and, thus, are private and dignified.
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Based in Southington, our family law attorneys handle child custody cases from Hartford to Waterbury, and we are committed to your best possible resolution for the long term.
We are creative and informative in crafting resolutions with our clients and opposing parties. We will be your advocates in all legal forums and ensure that your rights are fully protected throughout the legal process.