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Practice Areas

Divorce

Divorce

Deciding to end a marriage can be a highly emotional and difficult decision. Divorce often involves resolving issues concerning children, spousal support and the division of property.

There are many ways to divorce in Connecticut. Each party can hire an attorney to represent their interests (known as litigated divorce). There are other alternatives, including collaborative divorce (link to c.d. page) and mediation (link to mediation page) to traditional divorce, but both spouses must be willing to undertake that route.

At Mickelson, Jacobs and Bozek, LLC we believe that educating our clients about the process and supporting them emotionally minimizes the fear and trauma that divorce and other legal action often brings.

We keep you informed about your case and offer honest advice as to the positives and negatives of your position, including your chances of success. If you need to go to court, we thoroughly explain the procedures and what will be expected of you.

Studies suggest that separation and divorce rank second only to the death of a loved one in terms of the emotional turmoil and stress that an individual may experience. We believe that effective communication and an honest and open dialogue enables you to make major decisions in your case with confidence. We encourage you to ask questions and to be actively involved in each stage of the process.
Collaborate Divorce

Collaborate Divorce

Collaborative law practice is a way for a divorcing couple to work as a team with trained professionals to resolve disputes without going to court.

Each client has the support and guidance of his or her own lawyer who has been trained in the collaborative process. The four participants work together to identify goals for you, your spouse and your family, and to develop shared solutions for meeting those goals. Sometimes it is helpful to bring other professionals to your meetings to help resolve particular problems. For example, a therapist may be helpful in developing a parenting plan. An accountant or financial planner may be helpful in creating budgets or informing parties about the tax consequences of a particular settlement.

The three main principles of collaborate law practice are:
Post Judgment Matters

Mediation

Mediation is negotiations between two divorcing parties with the assistance of a neutral third party who facilitates the negotiation process. In general, the mediator creates an environment for each party to be heard. It offers the participants the opportunity to express their respective concerns and better understand one another's perspectives. The mediator assists the parties in coming to a mutually agreeable resolution of their case. Parties who participate in mediation agree to voluntarily provide each other and the mediator all information and documentation necessary for the parties to make informed decisions concerning their issues.
Custody

Child Advocacy

The attorneys at Mickelson, Jacobs and Bozek, LLC., are highly experienced child advocates representing children of all ages in custody and parental access disputes. All counsel completed the state mandated trainings for Guardians Ad Litem and Attorneys for Minor Children.

In disputes between parents, we represent children as Attorneys for Minor Children, where our role is to advocate the children's wishes, and as Guardians Ad Litem, where our role is to advocate for the children's best interests. We do a thorough investigation and try to help parents in developing a parenting plan that best meets the children's needs.
Custody

Custody and Parenting

Custody, defined by statute and case law, concerns the legal relationship and responsibilities parents have with their children. Parental access (once called visitation) concerns he allocation of the children's time with each parent.

In fully contested matters involving custody and/or parenting access, the court will often appoint a Guardian Ad Litem and/or an Attorney for the Minor Children, and order a Custody and Access Evaluation. Custody and Parenting Access Evaluations are performed by private evaluators at the family's expense or the Family Relations Division of the Judicial Branch at no cost to the parties. Some custody matters are so complex and contested they are referred to the Regional Family Trial Docket in Middletown, where a single judge manages the case. We will guide you through the difficult and stressful facets of the contested custody process.
Asset Division

Asset Division

Divorce often involves the division of assets between spouses, such as business interests, professional practices, real estate, investment accounts, and retirement accounts, such as defined benefit plans (pensions) and defined contribution plans (IRAs, 401Ks, Employee Stock Option Plans, Keoghs, Profit Sharing Plans, e.g.).

In some circumstances, it may be appropriate to have the assets valued by independent financial experts who work closely with our attorneys to assess the present and future value of the assets.
Post Judgment Matters

Post Judgment Matters

Often after a divorce, the circumstances of one or both of the parties change so substantially that continuing to adhere to the original orders becomes inequitable or would no longer be required under the law. For example, based on your circumstances, it may be appropriate to seek to alter custody or parenting access orders, child support or alimony orders ("modification") Self-help is never a good idea. The failure to seek an order of the court modifying a previous court order may leave you susceptible to a finding of contempt and increase your liability to your former spouse.

Post judgment matters also may involve enforcing the terms of the original orders where a party is non-compliant ("contempt").
Grandparents

Grandparents and Third Party Rights

In some custody matters, grandparents or other third parties may seek to establish legal rights of access to minor children without the consent of one or both of a child's parents. Typically, the courts defers to a parent's judgment to make decisions involving raising their children, including who the parents allow to access the children. However, there are situations where a grandparent or third party has a legitimate cause of action. The attorneys at Mickelson, Jacobs and Bozek, LLC. are experienced advocates for grandparents and third parties who seek to establish that legal relationship.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

A Prenuptial Agreement (also known as Antenuptial Agreement) is a contractual agreement between prospective spouses made in contemplation of marriage, and, because they are contracts, must conform to the principles of contract law. A postnuptial agreement is entered into after the parties are married.

At the time of dissolution, issues may also arise concerning the enforcement or defense of a prenuptial agreement. We will assist you in creating and executing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement to your specific requirements within the context of the law, as well as advise you regarding enforcement or invalidation of the agreements at the time of the dissolution.

The information and representations set forth on this website is offered for informational purposes only. The information and representations on this website does not constitute by this law firm any opinion or guarantee for any future legal outcomes in your or other matters. Each case is fact specific and this affects the potential legal outcomes for your particular matter. The information and representations is not offered as, nor can it be considered, legal advice whatsoever.

The law firm of Mickelson, Jacobs and Bozek, LLC handles family law, divorce, mediation, and child custody in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area, including West Hartford, New Britain, Bristol, Farmington, Avon, Newington, Wethersfield, Plainville, Glastonbury, Manchester, Canton, Southington, Rocky Hill, Middletown and other communities of Hartford County, Middlesex County and central Connecticut.

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