Bethel, Connecticut Family Lawyers

Ryan P. Kelly
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Connecticut Family Law Attorney

Attorney Ryan P. Kelly joined the firm in 2018. Attorney Kelly graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2014 with a B.S. in History. He then went on to attend the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace... Read More »
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Lisa J. (Pyterak) Mainolfi
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Connecticut Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience

Attorney Lisa J. Mainolfi is an American born child of polish immigrant parents. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College in 1994 and Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1997. While in law school she completed two... Read More »
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Robert J. Nicola
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Free Consultation! Experienced Family Law Attorney! Knowledgeable & Skilled!

For over 45 years, I have been skillfully representing clients with family law matters. I am dedicated to advocating for the best possible outcomes! Visit my website for more information or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Zenas Zelotes
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Stamford, CT Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(203) 551-7304 1233 East Main Street
Suite 700R
Stamford, CT 06902
Family and Divorce
University of Iowa
Divorce Shark - High Conflict Divorce - High Net Worth Cases - Last Minute Trials - Marine Corps Veteran - Stamford - Danbury - Bridgeport - Norwich - Hartford - New Haven - Online @ DivorceShark.net
Kevin P Chamberlin
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Danbury, CT Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(203) 792-0011 40 Lake Avenue Ext.
Suite 5
Danbury, CT 06811
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Christopher Jacques Vauthy
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Brookfield, CT Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(203) 702-1113 Lakeview Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Georgetown University Law Center
Mediator and attorney with extensive experience in prenuptial, separation, divorce, custody, visitation, alimony, elder, business, estate and other family law and adult family issues. Serving mediation clients in Westchester, Putnam & Dutchess Counties in New York and Fairfield, New Haven & Litchfield Counties in Connecticut. Disputes are stressful, and it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable with whatever resolution process you choose. During our 30 minute free consultation, I can answer any questions you might have and let you get a sense of what it would be like to work together.
Eric Posmantier
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Ridgefield, CT Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(203) 431-8720 90 Grove Street, Suite 212
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Eric R. Posmantier is an experienced family law attorney who focuses his practice on all aspects of divorce and mediating and arbitrating family law matters.

Mr. Posmantier began his career in 1997 with a legal research clerkship at the Department of Legal Research for the Judicial Branch, Superior Court of Connecticut. He subsequently joined the Greenwich, Connecticut, firm, Fogarty Cohen Selby & Nemiroff LLC (“FCSN”) as an associate in 1998. He became a partner at FCSN in 2007, focusing a large part of his practice on high net worth asset division and support awards, as well as on complex child custody...
Vasiliki Filippakos
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Danbury, CT Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(203) 917-3506 34 Mill Plain Road
Suite 2E
Danbury, CT 06811
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Christopher Molyneaux
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Ridgefield, CT Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(203) 456-2667 100B Danbury Rd Ste 105F
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Family, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Not every attorney has the necessary skills to succeed in front of a jury. Only true trial lawyers deserve to be trusted with your case. At the Law Offices of Christopher J. Molyneaux, LLC we are prepared to guide you through every stage of the process, starting from the moment the dispute arises and ending with the final settlement. An experienced litigation lawyer can help you preserve evidence, prepare your case, and earn the outcome you deserve. At the Law Offices of Christopher J. Molyneaux LLC, you can draw on the experience earned during 25 years of handling various types...
Walter A. Shalvoy Jr.
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Newtown, CT Family Law Lawyer
(203) 426-4409 12 Queen St.
Newtown, CT 06470
Free ConsultationFamily, Civil Rights, Criminal and Personal Injury
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Paul McConnell
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(203) 344-7007 71 Elm St.
#201
New Canaan, CT 06840
New Canaan, CT Family Law Attorney
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Medical Malpractice
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Connecticut Divorce Mediator and Family Law Attorney Paul McConnell is a former Judge, Marine Corps infantry officer, and federal prosecutor with extensive grand jury, trial, and appellate experience.

Paul was educated in mediation and jurisprudence by the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada and by the Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce (CCND).

He is a highly skilled mediator, trial lawyer, advocate, and negotiator. He has been the lead counsel or presiding judge in hundreds of matters including over 55 jury trials.

Following 18 years of public service, Paul started his own firm in 2014 to focus on one thing:...
Jerome N. Goldstein Esq.
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Shelton, CT Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(203) 929-7773 4 Research Drive
Suite 402
Shelton, CT 06484-6242
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Attorney Goldstein believes in building a personal relationship with the clients. This allows them to be sure that not only are the client’s present day needs taken care of, but that their future needs are looked after as well. Attorney Goldstein welcomes the opportunity to discuss your legal needs. He offers you affordable quality, and experienced legal representation.
Matthew A. Crockett
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(203) 344-7007 71 Elm St.
#201
New Canaan, CT 06840
New Canaan, CT Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
Family, Criminal and Divorce
DePaul College of Law
Connecticut Divorce, Family Law, and Criminal Defense attorney Matthew A. Crockett is a former Judge and former state prosecutor with extensive trial experience. He is a career litigator.

Matthew is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and a combat veteran of the Iraq war. As a criminal prosecutor, military legal assistance attorney, military defense attorney, and military judge, Matthew has experienced and excelled in diverse roles all in the pursuit of justice.

Since joining the McConnell Family Law Group he has limited his practice to matrimonial, family law, and criminal law.

Representing clients throughout Hartford, New Britain, Windham,...
Karen Reynolds
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Connecticut Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience

Vermont Law SchoolConnecticut and United State District Court of Connecticut
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Dyan Kozaczka
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Westport, CT Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(203) 227-7301 5 Imperial Ave.
Westport, CT 06880
Family and Divorce
Wake Forest University School of Law
Dyan is known for her persistence, attention to detail and pragmatic approach to cases. She represents individuals in all areas of family law, including divorce, alimony, child support, property division, mediation and post-judgment modifications and contempt. Dyan has extensive experience working on highly complex and sophisticated cases. She often collaborates with forensic accountants to analyze interests in private equity funds, professional practices, and privately held business interests to determine values for equitable distribution.

In addition, Dyan has experience resolving difficult custody disputes. Dyan appreciates that every client and case is different and prepares a strategy to achieve each individual client’s particular...
Robert J. Nicola
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Trumbull, CT Family Law Attorney with 52 years experience
(203) 375-0600 799 Silver Ln
Trumbull, CT 06611
Free ConsultationFamily, Education, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of Connecticut School of Law
Attorney Robert Nicola is President of Owens, Schine & Nicola, P.C. He has been with the firm since 1968. Attorney Nicola concentrates his practice in the areas of Personal Injury, Residential Real Estate and Educational Law.

Attorney Nicola attended Franklin & Marshall College, where he graduated with a B.A. in History with Honors in 1964. Thereafter, Attorney Nicola attended the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he graduated in 1967.

Upon discharge from his active military service, Attorney Nicola joined the firm and has spent his entire career here. Attorney Nicola has been and continues to be active in community matters....
Frank Corazzelli
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(203) 920-1100 71 Elm St.
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New Canaan, CT 06840
New Canaan, CT Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
Fordham University School of Law
Connecticut divorce and family law attorney Frank Corazzelli, a highly accomplished and sought after litigator.

Over 24-years experience. Trial lawyer for matters including divorce, custody, and DCF investigations.

Frank leads our family law appellate practice and focuses exclusively on matrimonial and juvenile law.

With offices in New Canaan, Hartford, and New Haven, and by appointment only in Greenwich and Stamford
Cecilia Buck-Taylor
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New Milford, CT Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(860) 355-9191 P.O. Box 1121
15 Bennitt Street
New Milford, CT 06776
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Fordham University School of Law
The Law Offices of Cecilia Buck-Taylor, P.C. has been providing our clients with experienced legal services for over 25 years. We provide all of our clients with personalized professionalism so that we successfully represent the needs of each of our clients. Cecilia Buck-Taylor, J.D. has been practicing law for over 25 years in the areas of Domestic & Family Law, Real Estate, Probate, Corporate, and Criminal law. Attorney Buck-Taylor also has many years of experience and training as a mediator, collaborator and an arbitrator and is committed to resolving disputes outside of the court system. Attorney...
Melissa Jill Needle
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Westport, CT Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(203) 557-9500 830 Post Road East Suite 101
Westport, CT 06880
Family and Divorce
Whittier Law School
Attorney Melissa Needle is a lifetime resident of Connecticut. She was born in New Haven and raised in Fairfield. Her family has deep roots in Connecticut and she is a third-generation attorney. (Her father is the well-known transactional lawyer Charles Needle of Zeldes, Needle & Cooper of Bridgeport.) Since her admission to the bar in 1990, Ms. Needle has practiced matrimonial law exclusively. She has been an active family law litigator and many of the cases in which she has appeared involve issues including the division of high net worth estates, complex family businesses, highly contested custody, and requests for...
Lisa J. (Pyterak) Mainolfi
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Trumbull, CT Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(203) 375-0600 799 Silver Ln
Trumbull, CT 06611
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Attorney Lisa J. Mainolfi is an American born child of polish immigrant parents. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College in 1994 and Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1997. While in law school she completed two internships in the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s office and was a member of the Probate Law Journal. Attorney Lisa J. Mainolfi has been in the active practice of law since her graduation from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1997 in primarily New Haven County with emphasis in personal injury, family law and criminal/motor vehicle law. She is trained in Mediation as well.

Attorney Lisa J....
Laura R. Shattuck
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Westport, CT Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(203) 557-9755 285 Riverside Avenue
Suite 450
Westport, CT 06880
Family and Divorce
ABA-NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute and Quinnipiac University School of Law
LAURA R. SHATTUCK is a partner and co-founder of PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC. She is devoted to representing clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, alimony, child support, child custody, property division, post-judgment modification, and post-judgment contempt. As an active litigator, Shattuck has considerable experience with complex cases. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut; the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

Shattuck is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated attorney. She is a member of the American, Connecticut, and Fairfield County bar associations. Additionally, she serves as a special master for family...
Henry A. Perles
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Trumbull, CT Family Law Lawyer with 52 years experience
(203) 375-0600 799 Silver Ln
Trumbull, CT 06611
Family, Business and Real Estate
Fordham University School of Law
Mr. Perles joined Owens, Schine & Nicola, PC in 2006. Prior to that time, he was a founder of, and partner in, the Fairfield law firm of Kleban & Samor. Resident in the Trumbull office, Mr. Perles concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate and business matters. Previously, he concentrated his practice in matrimonial law.

Mr. Perles graduated, cum laude, from Amherst College in 1964. He then attended Fordham University School of Law, where he graduated with a J.D. in 1967. While in law school, Attorney Perles was a member of the International Moot Court Team...
Harry Daniel Murphy
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Westport, CT Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(203) 221-3100 266 Post Rd E
Westport, CT 06880
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Fordham University School of Law
Mr. Murphy is a graduate of both Fordham University (Fordham College at Rose Hill, Bronx, NY) and Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal and recipient of the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. After working with the legal division of the New York City Council Finance Division and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, he joined a boutique litigation firm in downtown Manhattan. For the better part of a decade, Mr. Murphy’s legal and advocacy skills were honed and tested, while handling cases ranging from felony criminal defense...
Ryan P. Kelly
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Trumbull, CT Family Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(203) 375-0600 799 Silver Ln
Trumbull, CT 06611
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Pace Law School
Attorney Ryan P. Kelly joined the firm in 2018. Attorney Kelly graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2014 with a B.S. in History. He then went on to attend the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where he graduated cum laude in 2017.

Attorney Kelly concentrates his practice in the areas of Trusts & Estates, Probate, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Business.

While in law school Attorney Kelly engaged in a wide variety of legal internships which included working in the legal department of LG Electronics, U.S.A. as well as with an International Arbitration law firm in...
Sheila Sinha Charmoy
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Fairfield, CT Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(203) 255-8100 1700 Post Rd
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Fairfield, CT 06824
Family and Divorce
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Karen Reynolds
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Trumbull, CT Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(203) 377-4770 799 Silver Ln
Trumbull, CT 06611
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Vermont Law School
Samuel Martin Leaf
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Westport, CT Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(203) 221-3100 266 Post Road E
Westport, CT 06880
Free ConsultationFamily, Civil Rights, Criminal and Divorce
Brooklyn Law School
Since 1997, Mr. Leaf has represented U.S. and international clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters in federal and state courts, including insurance matters, alter ego and successor liability actions, mass torts, and business and contract disputes. Mr. Leaf also has extensive experience representing media clients, from international news and book publishers to local newspapers and reporters, in defamation and privacy actions, trademark, copyright and false advertising disputes, and press access matters. As an experienced litigator, he has handled cases from inception through trial in New York, Connecticut and California, among other jurisdictions. Mr. Leaf also represents...
Joseph Maya
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Westport, CT Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(203) 221-3100 266 Post Rd E
Westport, CT 06880
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Employment and Estate Planning
University of Michigan Law School
Mr. Maya received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A., Cum Laude, from New York University. He began his career at Clifford Chance in New York City and he has practiced in the state and federal courts of New York and Connecticut. He is the Managing Partner of Maya Murphy. Mr. Maya was born in Brooklyn, New York and resides with his family in Westport, CT.
Scott Charmoy
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Fairfield, CT Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(203) 255-8100 1700 Post Rd
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Fairfield, CT 06824
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Washington University School of Law
Kevin L. Hoffkins
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Westport, CT Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(203) 221-2684 191 Post Rd W
#100
Westport, CT 06880
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Immigration
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Ephraim Jacob Fink
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Westport, CT Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(203) 221-3100 266 Post Road E
Westport, CT 06880
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
New England School of Law
Ephraim Jacob (‘E.J.”) Fink has been litigating in the Connecticut and New York Courts since 2000. After representing hundreds of carriers and their policy holders as well as corporations, product manufacturers and healthcare facilities from negligence and contract claims, EJ brings BigLaw attention to detail for Maya Murphy, P.C.’s personal and business clientele. EJ graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in journalism and thereafter obtained his JD at New England Law-Boston where his dean’s list grade average earned him an associate editor position on the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement....
Lucas Hernandez
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Westport, CT Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(203) 368-9339 33 Riverside Avenue, 4th Floor
Westport, CT 06880
Family, Divorce, Probate and Real Estate
Cornell Law School
Randi R. Nelson
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Westport, CT Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(203) 557-9755 285 Riverside Avenue
Suite 450
Westport, CT 06880
Family and Divorce
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
RANDI R. NELSON is an associate attorney at PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC. She provides representation in all areas of family law, including divorce, alimony, property division, child support, child custody, post-judgment contempt, and post-judgment modification. Since 2011, she has focused exclusively on matrimonial litigation.

Nelson is admitted to practice in Connecticut. She is a special master for family matters in the
Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk at Stamford and Judicial District of Fairfield at Bridgeport. She is also a member of the American, Connecticut, Fairfield County, and Westport/Weston bar associations.

Nelson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007 and was...
Thomas P. Parrino
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Westport, CT Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(203) 557-9755 285 Riverside Avenue
Suite 450
Westport, CT 06880
Family and Divorce
Quinnipiac University School of Law and University of Bridgeport
THOMAS P. PARRINO is a partner and co-founder of PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC. He has more than 25 years of experience practicing family law and is considered a top attorney in his field. He represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, and property division. He is a dynamic negotiator and litigator. Parrino has handled some of the most sophisticated and high-asset family law litigation in Connecticut and was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, a recognition determined by his peers, in 2013. During his distinguished career, Parrino has lectured extensively on family...
Seth J. Arnowitz
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Stamford, CT Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(203) 348-7722 733 Summer Street
Suite 302
Stamford, CT 06901
Family, Divorce, Foreclosure Defense and Real Estate
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Attorney Seth J. Arnowitz has been representing individuals and small companies in real estate, litigation and family law matters for over 25 years. His firm maintains offices in both Stamford and Wilton, CT.
Ann Halan Brickley
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New Canaan, CT Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(203) 966-6600 161 Cherry Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
Free ConsultationFamily, Employment, Personal Injury and Probate
Cornell University
Ann Brickley is an attorney in New Canaan, Connecticut and the founder of Brickley Law, a firm focused on civil law issues. For over a quarter-century, Ms. Brickley has been practicing as a lawyer. Before establishing her own firm, she served as an associate at a major New York City law firm, where she handled various transactional and complex litigation matters. She is a proud graduate of Cornell Law School and Colgate University. The founding principles of the firm are to provide the high quality of a large firm with the personal attention and cost effective representation of a small...
Eric Jason Broder
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Westport, CT Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(203) 222-4949 55 Greens Farms Road
Westport, CT 06880
Family and Divorce
Temple University
Kevin Burns
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Trumbull, CT Family Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(203) 794-2321 799 Silver Lane
Third Floor
Trumbull, CT 06611
Free ConsultationFamily, Administrative, Business and Estate Planning
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
William P Burns Jr
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Naugatuck, CT Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(203) 723-9420 520 South Main Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Family, Criminal and Personal Injury
Quinnipiac University School of Law
I am William P. Burns, Jr., a family law attorney serving clients throughout Connecticut, including people in Waterbury, New Haven County and Fairfield County. My law offices were founded to help men and fathers who struggle with family law issues. These issues range from high net worth divorce and complex property division to parental relocation. I offer one-on-one personal service and treat every client with dignity and respect. I work hard to protect your rights – your right to parent your child, your right to an equitable distribution of property, your right to keep the small business you...
Charles S. Harris
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Norwalk, CT Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(203) 838-7111 101 Merritt 7 Corporate Park, Suite 300
Norwalk, CT 06851
Free ConsultationFamily and Personal Injury
American University Washington College of Law
Danielle Robinson Briand
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Norwalk, CT Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(203) 290-4500 Esperanza Center for Law & Advocacy
167 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
Family, Immigration and Juvenile
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Bradford Barneys
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Bridgeport, CT Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(203) 683-7122 1944 Boston Avenue
Suite 200
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
State University of New York - Buffalo
Michael Anthony Fasano Jr
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Middlebury, CT Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(203) 598-7500 1625 Straits Turnpike Suite #307
Middlebury, CT 06762
Family, Business, Divorce and Insurance Claims
Florida Coastal School of Law
Carole Topol Orland
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Westport, CT Family Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(203) 222-4949 55 Greens Farms Road
Westport, CT 06880
Family and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

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