Westport Divorce Lawyer

Whether you are just starting to consider divorce or you are amid divorce proceedings, having a team of carefully selected professionals to support you can make a huge difference when navigating through divorce.  One of the most important decisions you make in your divorce case is who to retain as your lawyer. It almost goes without saying that you should consider the personality and experience of a lawyer before deciding that he or she is “the one.” A good fit between lawyer and client can make the entire process of divorce more tolerable.  

At Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC, our Westport divorce lawyers are experienced in the trial and settlement of a wide range of divorce cases, including high net worth cases involving complex financial and tax issues. We are committed to representing our clients in a personalized, meticulous, and proactive manner, always utilizing an approach appropriate to each case’s circumstances and tenor. We recognize that the divorce process can be excruciating for our clients and their families. Therefore, while tenaciously advocating for our clients, we strive to maintain a sensitivity to the situation and balance the process.

Many divorces involve complex issues, including business valuations and tax analyses in the case of high net worth individuals; custody, visitation, and parenting disputes; a thorough and creative approach to alimony and child support; deviation from the Child Support Guidelines; an equitable distribution of marital property; or the proper valuation of a closely held or family-owned business.

Depending on the issues in your case, our Westport divorce lawyers routinely partner with well-established and highly recognized experts and consultants, whenever necessary, to assist you in forensic accounting, valuing a business, financial planning, discovering assets, tax analysis, or strengthening our client’s position — whether in litigation, negotiations, or mediation.  It is often best to identify the need for experts early in your case, so they can be involved with discovery as needed. You may even develop a working relationship with the expert(s) during the divorce and continue to utilize his or her services (such as accounting or financial planning) after the divorce action.

In addition to financial experts, our Westport divorce lawyers routinely work with mental health professionals. Do not be surprised if your lawyers inquire whether you have a therapist (psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker) in place. You may even be asked this as early as in the initial consultation. It is not meant to be invasive. Your lawyer should know what type of support (other than legal support) you have as you engage in the divorce process. If you do not have a therapist, your lawyer can provide you with some recommendations. Experienced Westport divorce lawyers should have a network of therapists to consider in making a tailored recommendation for a client.  You may be concerned that there is a stigma attached to seeing a mental health provider before or during your divorce. While your lawyer can best advise you about the pros and cons, experienced divorce lawyers have generally found that to be untrue. Therapists can be valuable team members during a divorce.

Our Westport divorce lawyers are knowledgeable about alternative dispute resolution methods and can readily identify when divorce agreements can likely be reached through collaborative negotiations or mediation.

In all cases, we work diligently to advocate on behalf of our clients to achieve their goals in obtaining divorce agreements, court orders, and positive trial outcomes involving the following:

  • Custody & Visitation / Parenting Plans: Our Westport child custody lawyers regularly appear in Court, so we see firsthand what Judges are doing, and we apply that knowledge to negotiate appropriate parenting plans for our clients. When a successful parenting plan is negotiated, the children can emerge from the process with two parents still in their lives and mitigate any trauma associated with divorce.  However, we are also aggressive litigators, passionate about fighting to protect our clients’ relationships with their children. If your spouse does not agree to an appropriate parenting plan, we will help you fight to get the best results possible.
  • Alimony / Spousal Support: Connecticut does not have a formula that determines the amount or length of alimony.  In fact, no law even mandates alimony in the event of a divorce. Thus, the amount of alimony, the length of alimony, and whether alimony will be ordered are some of the most challenging issues in a divorce.  Since alimony is an area where positions are often disparate, it is critical to seek an experienced Westport alimony lawyers’ advice to help you determine the appropriate amount of alimony, if any, in your case.
  • Child Support: Child support is a recurring payment that one parent is obligated to make to the other parent to help pay for a portion of a child’s daily living expenses such as food, shelter, and clothing.  Notably, child support payments are not intended to cover all expenses incident to raising a child. For example, basic child support payments are not intended to cover any portion of a child’s extracurricular activity, camp, unreimbursed medical, or work-related childcare expenses.
  • Property Division: Under Connecticut law, all assets and liabilities that exist at the time of divorce are subject to equitable distribution, including assets brought to the marriage by either party. The name in which a particular asset is titled is not a determinative factor. The property will be equitably divided based on numerous statutory factors.
  • Business Valuation: We understand that asset protection is often paramount to the ongoing success of a business following the dissolution of marriageOur family law attorneys have been successful in allowing business owners to continue with business operations after a divorce, either through litigation or settlement. In other cases, when representing a business owner’s spouse, we have enabled our clients to receive a set-off of assets or a lump sum that recognizes that their spouse will be retaining the business.

What is the difference between Legal Separation and Divorce?

Often clients come into our office asking about the difference between obtaining a legal separation and obtaining a divorce. The common misconception is that a legal separation can be obtained more quickly, efficiently, and inexpensively than a divorce. The only significant difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that parties to a legal separation are not permitted to remarry. Still, the parties pursuing a legal separation must go through the same process as they would if they were pursuing a divorce, including the time and fees required to accomplish the same.

Contested Divorce vs. Uncontested Divorce

A contested divorce is when a Court decides all issues related to the divorce after a trial.  An uncontested divorce is when the parties agree on all issues related to the divorce and submit a written agreement to the Court for approval.

At Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC we are proud of our team approach to resolving divorce issues. We frequently staff cases with more than one attorney from our firm to provide seamless litigation and/or settlement support to our clients. We are experienced in building support teams for our clients, including mental health providers and/or relevant experts and consultants.

  • Avatar Patricia Mennitt ★★★★★ 3 weeks ago
  • Patricia Mennitt ★★★★★
    Jaime was with me every step of the way. She supported me in all of my decisions and provided with names of experts that could help me with other aspects of the divorce such as a certified divorce financial analyst.
    Both Jaime and Eric
    … More made sure I knew all of my options and the consequences of any of my choices both financially and emotionally. They neither pushed me to go to court nor discouraged me; they did provide the pros and cons.
    They treated me with respect and never talked down to me. They understood the emotional aspects of coping with a contentious divorce. Their experience working with clients similar to my ex-husband was invaluable.
    I have a child with special needs. This complicates the divorce process. Jaime has experience in the ramifications this has on divorce and helped me navigate the necessary negotiations.
  • Avatar Teresa Rainieri ★★★★★ a month ago
  • Teresa Rainieri ★★★★★
    Nicole DiGiose was retained for an emergency situation. Her empathy and understanding of my priorities offered sustenance to myself and my family. Nicole’s representation and knowledge defended against unjust accusations and facilitated … More a resolution within a timely manner.
  • Avatar Rob Petersen ★★★★★ 4 months ago
  • Rob Petersen ★★★★★
    Nicole DiGoise represented me in a case where the gap to reach a settlement was pretty wide at the beginning. There is nobody that I can recommend more highly. Nicole is highly accountable, responsive, disciplined, reasonable and compassionate. … More And Nicole knows the law. Among other things, Nicole has run three marathons. She will be with you every step of your journey. She also knows when to engage the partners (in my case Carole Orland) who provided a deep bench of legal expertise and experience I know I couldn't find anyplace else. Nicole is a David who you can put against any Goliath. If I could give Nicole DiGoise and Carole Orland six stars, I would.
  • Avatar Amy Peterson ★★★★★ 5 months ago
  • Amy Peterson ★★★★★
    I switched after being treated horribly by another law firm. I told Carol Orland and Chris DeMatte that I just wanted to be treated as a human being. The level of care that the team treated me with was well beyond my expectations! I … More trusted the team with strategy and they kept the negotiations on a tight time frame that was simply unachievable by others. They were the quintessential professionals, and always one step ahead. I regret not having hired the team in the first place.
  • Avatar Ted Seides ★★★★★ 3 months ago
  • Ted Seides ★★★★★
    Eric and Nicole were terrific to work with, understood the issues, and got us to a conclusion. What more can you ask for?!!!
  • Avatar Damon Rein ★★★★★ 2 months ago
  • Damon Rein ★★★★★
    Eric Broder proved to be an excellent attorney. He was incredibly professional, responsive, super-smart, kind and ultimately got me a good, fair divorce settlement. I could not recommend him more highly.
  • Avatar amanda aaron ★★★★★ a year ago
  • amanda aaron ★★★★★
    Eric Broder and his firm are phenomenal. I refer clients with complicated legal issues involving custody and finances and he is able to thoroughly and thoughtfully work to accomplish clients' goals. I can't recommend him enough. … More His partner, Carole, is also fantastic; she is extremely capable and always prepared.
  • Avatar steve luttinger ★★★★★ 2 months ago
  • steve luttinger ★★★★★
    I have relied upon Eric Broder's counsel over the past several years to get me through contentious matrimonial issues. His astute legal and business advise helped me navigate difficult times. His legal strategies helped me mitigate … More complicated legal issues. He is a great lawyer and is easy to talk to. He listens closely to what you have to say. At the end of a long ordeal, I consider Eric a friend, who I can call when I need help.
  • Avatar kelly C ★★★★★ a year ago
  • kelly C ★★★★★
    Nicole and Carole were everything I needed them to be during a very difficult time... professional, knowledgeable, compassionate and kind. They guided me through what could have been a confusing process and made me feel comfortable and … More confident each step of the way.
  • Avatar Jennifer Mines ★★★★★ a year ago
  • Jennifer Mines ★★★★★
    When I reached out to Broder & Orland, I was still in shock from my situation. Chris DeMattie was a calm and compassionate voice of reason at every turn and he expertly navigated me through a difficult 14 months. He was smart, professional, … More prompt, efficient yet thorough, and always acted with integrity. His advice was measured, fair, creative when needed, and also realistic. Yet it always felt as though I was interacting with a trusted friend or colleague. I felt heard and validated- no question was too small or unreasonable (even when probably asked multiple times- thank you for the patience!). The financial settlement Chris successfully negotiated for me let me enter the next stage of my life with security, and the peace of mind of having him in my corner throughout the divorce process was priceless.
  • Avatar Ramy Saad ★★★★★ a year ago
  • Ramy Saad ★★★★★
    I worked with Eric Broder and Nicole DiGiose on a difficult divorce after mediation failed. Both Eric and Nicole gave me great advice and helped me settle the divorce as quickly as possible. Their underlying theme of “do the right thing” … More helped in logically making decisions rather than letting emotional responses continue to make a difficult process more painful for both me and my children. I appreciate their diligence and responsiveness with my issues. I have already recommended them to other friends in the same situation.
  • Avatar Jim Thimons ★★★★★ a year ago
  • Jim Thimons ★★★★★
    I had the pleasure of working with attorney Jaime Dursht on a complex issue that required both a high level of legal expertise as well extensive communications. She was the consummate professional in all regards and demonstrated a highly … More evolved knowledge of the law as well as a commitment to excellence in the resolution of the matter. It was a pleasure working with her and the team at Broder & Orland LLC