Guiding You Through Our Process
There are primarily two types of divorces: uncontested and contested. However more often divorces take on elements of both to form a third kind of hybrid divorce. Here the parties are able to resolve the personal issues of the marriage, such as child custody and a parenting plans; but cannot agree on alimony, the extent of child support required or the division of their financial assets and liabilities.
It is not unusual to have an uncontested divorce transform into a contested divorce. The stress of divorce may cause one or both of the parties to become polarized on a single issue, or angry and unwilling to compromise. Then the parties must engage in litigation to complete the divorce.
Therefore, it is paramount, when choosing your attorney, to consider not only the ability and skill of that attorney as a negotiator but also as a litigator.
Attorney Cotler has practiced family law for over 17 years and is an experienced negotiator, who is often able to resolve cases without the need for major litigation. However, should your case require Court intervention, she is an adept litigator having appeared in the courts of Connecticut and New York.
Whether motions must be argued, or a full trial is warranted, you can be assured that at COTLER LAW LLC, we will work hard to get you the best possible results.
We can help you with all aspects of your divorce
Child Custody, Support and Creation of a Parenting plan
We believe that custody and care of the minor children of the marriage, are the most important issues in any divorce. Where parents are unable to agree about custody; it is the Court who will decide the issue. However, before that issue is decided; there may be meetings with family relations officers, counselors, psychologists, doctors, Guardian ad items, attorneys for the minor child, experts etc. We can help you navigate through the Court evaluative process, and prepare you for this most important Hearing.
Alimony & Spousal Support
Alimony or spousal support is money paid by one spouse to another. However, alimony payments are not required in a divorce. These weekly or monthly payments are often used as a means to equalize a disparity of income between the parties.
Equitable Distribution of Martial Assets and Debits
When a marriage is dissolved the assets of that marriage must be fairly divided between the parties. But who decides what is a fair division? What if some of the assets were owned prior to the marriage? What about inheritance and gifts?
These are some of the questions that must be decided by the parties, or if they cannot agree, the matter will be decided by the Court. Cash, stocks, bonds, options, funds, pension, 401k’s and IRA’s, coin collections, jewelry, companies etc. The list of assets is different in each divorce, but the principle of division is the same. Pensions and closely held businesses need to be carefully valued to insure fair distribution. When a financial situation requires further investigation or explanation, we call on expert consultants to assist us.
LEGAL SERVICES OFFERED
- Modifications of Court Orders
- Emergency Motions
- Protective Orders
- Representation in Family Court Matters
- Appointment as Guardian ad Litem or Attorney for Minor Child
- Pre Nuptial or Pre Martial Agreements
- Parenting Plans
- Enforcement of Court Orders or Agreements
- Motions for Contempt
- Review of Divorce, Separation and Mediation Agreements
- Limited Legal Representation for Individual Motions in Family Court
- Drafting General Agreements and Contracts
- Residential Real Estate Closings
- General Civil Litigation
Call COTLER LAW LLC at (203) 977-2413 or complete our online request form for a free initial consultation in our Stamford, office. We serve Greenwich, Stamford and Norwalk, as well as most of Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York.