Family Law

Attorneys Guiding Spouses and Parents in Fairfield County

It can be stressful and challenging to get a divorce. You may disagree with your spouse on any number of issues, whether these involve child custody, how property should be distributed, which spouse should live in the marital home, child support, or alimony. It is important to consult an experienced Fairfield family law lawyer about your options. At Charmoy & Charmoy, we approach each client’s case with care and compassion. Attorney Sheila S. Charmoy understands that every marriage is different, and every person is unique, an attorney has to listen to your story to be able to approach your case with understanding and empathy. Attorney Charmoy will take an individualized approach to your case and your needs. Attorney Charmoy endeavors to treat each person she represents with care and compassion.


A divorce can be obtained in Connecticut when a marriage has broken down irretrievably. Although you do not need fault to get a divorce in Connecticut, the court can consider fault, or more specifically, the causes for the breakdown of the marriage when making determinations related to alimony and property distribution.

Attorney Sheila S. Charmoy will advise and help you to determine strategies, as well as help you decide what is best for you and your children when planning for your divorce. Whether that is helping you to reach an amicable settlement with your spouse or taking your case to trial, Attorney Charmoy will advise you every step of the way.

Property Division

It is imperative to have a lawyer that can help you determine what to expect in terms of property division because judges have significant discretion in Connecticut. Attorney Sheila S. Charmoy has the knowledge and experience to help guide you through this process. Having a lawyer who is knowledgeable about the factors used to determine property distribution in a divorce will help you to make these important decisions.

All property owned by both parties on the date of the divorce belongs to the marital estate in Connecticut. Connecticut is an equitable distribution state. This means that property is supposed to be divided based on various equitable factors; what this does not mean is that the property will always be divided equally between the parties. Instead, various factors will guide the court’s decision to divide the marital property fairly, including among other things how long the marriage lasted, who was at fault for the breakdown of the marriage, whether there are children, whether one of the spouses stayed home to raise the children, as well as how much each spouse can earn after the divorce. Every case is unique, and all of the factors need to be considered when properly planning for your divorce.

Child Custody and Parenting Time

Whenever you have children in a divorce decisions have to be made with regard to parenting time. The guiding factor in Connecticut with regard to custody is the child’s best interest. A Fairfield family law attorney can advise you on the decisions you need to make with regard to a parenting plan, and the future issues you may encounter.

Likewise, you may not have ever been married to the other parent of your child and now find yourself having parenting issues with that person. Sometimes the only thing that can resolve these issues is Court intervention. A court will look to the child’s best interest in this situation as well.

Some factors that go into an analysis of a child’s best interests include each parent’s ability to meet the child’s needs, to be involved actively in the child’s life, and to encourage the relationship between the child and the other parent. The Court considers other factors as well; for example, courts may grant less parenting time to a parent who is unsupportive of the child’s relationship with the other parent or who tries to involve the child in conflicts between the parents.

Court’s will consider the unique characteristics of your child, of you and your spouse, and your specific family environment when determining custody issues. Child custody and parenting issues are the most important decisions you will have to make with regard to your divorce. It is important to have an attorney who is knowledgeable about the law with regard to custody so that you can make informed decisions during the custody process.


Your circumstances or your ex-spouse’s circumstances may change dramatically after a divorce. Likewise, your children’s circumstances may change as well. Any divorce decree is subject to change because people change. Attorney Charmoy has the experience to help you determine whether you, your former spouse or your children have experienced a substantial change in circumstances that would give rise to a modification of your divorce decree.

Discuss Your Case With Attorney Sheila S. Charmoy

Family law matters can have long lasting effects in your life and in your children’s lives. It is important to have a lawyer that you trust during this process. It is likewise important to have a lawyer who is knowledgeable about divorce and custody when you find yourself in family court so that you can make informed decisions about your future and the future of your children. Attorney Sheila S. Charmoy will work with you in a compassionate and empathetic way to make sure that your rights and your children’s rights are protected during this process.. With offices in Fairfield and Stamford, Charmoy & Charmoy represents people throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Contact us at (203) 255-8100 or via our online form.

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