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Wolf & Shore Is “Re-Defining” Family Law

Family law is typically viewed as just divorces, custody, post-judgment, child support and the like; however, we have crafted our practice to incorporate other practice areas to help your family get through some difficult times in your lives.

We not only represent people in divorce, custody, and post judgment cases, we also file and defend restraining orders (both civil and in family court), and we represent victims in criminal matters if they need to pursue a protective order and need help, in addition to family services.

We draft estate plans, often reciprocal (which means each spouse leaves their estate to the other), we do residential closings and re-finances, and we handle custody & guardianship matters in probate court and juvenile court.

Wolf & Shore, LLC also represents clients in paternity matters, defends clients against the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and we defend (or pursue, as necessary) termination of parental rights petitions in both juvenile and probate court.

There is no family law matter that our office can’t handle. If you need help with any one of those types of issues, please do not hesitate to contact us for a confidential consultation. Attorney Kristen Wolf or Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore are ready to sit down with you, create a personalized strategy for your case, and help you reach a resolution.

We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or

Does A Parent Have to Pay For Their Child’s Lunch?

It seems like school lunches are a lot fancier than they used to be – deli options, gourmet options, hot options, etc. Do you let your children select their own lunch? Do you encourage them to “brown bag it”? Or do you budget what they spend? Parents have different opinions on it, and many parents who may no longer be “together” and are co-parenting, definitely have different opinions on it.

Are those lunch costs considered a child care expense? Should you be obligated to pay for a percentage those school lunches, even if you’ve packed a lunch for your kids whenever they are in your care?

Wolf & Shore, LLC has handled hundreds of parenting disputes, and this issue comes up more than you think. The answer is, that while school lunch is certainly a child-related expense, there is no one true answer. It’s all about communicating with your co-parent, and working together to see what is financially feasible for your family.

It’s typical that parents don’t see to eye-to-eye on expenses, especially when you’re no longer together. Some parents feel like it is not their responsibility to pay  for school lunches when they can easily make a lunch for their child(ren). But, what happens when the other parent’s position is that the child(ren) prefer to buy lunch at school? Should the cost be divided equally? Or should you each do what you want on your days? This is becoming an increasingly hot topic in divorce and custody matters, especially as the cost of these school lunches is on the rise.

Compromise is key in these types of matters. If you are able to have a calm conversation with your child’s other parent about this, you may want to try to communicate why paying for school lunch is a hardship, or a good idea, or not a good idea – whatever your position may be.

Our firm understands that not everyone can effectively communicate with their co-parent, and are here to help you. We can help negotiate a reasonable agreement regarding school lunch, along with other child-related expenses. We can also refer you to a number of professionals to help you with communication and finances, such as a co-parenting counselor or a financial advisor, if you need that.

If you need assistance in your matter, contact us today for a confidential consultation! We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or

National Higher Education Day

Happy National Higher Education Day! Observed every year on June 6th, this day recognizes those who decided to better themselves and receive a college degree.

Receiving a higher education, whether it be a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral  degree, is extremely important now. It takes a lot of motivation and dedication to prepare for, get accepted to, and attend college.

As parents, encouraging your child to continue their education may seem overwhelming. Something you can do to try and lighten the load is to have an open and sincere conversation with your spouse or your co-parent.

Having a united front when it comes to making those decisions about your child’s education is key. Being on different pages about finances, location, or even what you hope your child decides to major in can drastically affect your child and their desire to continue schooling.

Parents don’t always agree on everything, and that is understandable. However, it should be a main priority to find common ground for the sake of your kids. Try sitting down as a family and discussing what they might be interested in, if they’ve looked at any schools, and possibly even how they expect school to be paid.

Seeing your child off to college can be stressful enough, and arguing about it with your co-parent certainly won’t help the situation. Wondering if your co-parent will help foot the bill for tuition, books, and dorm room necessities can put a dark cloud over a time that should be looked forward to. It’s okay to ask for help, and Wolf & Shore, LLC can easily assist you with that!

If you are unable to reach a resolution with your co-parent on your own, you may be able to seek the court’s help. If you have an agreement that was entered previously, and the court has retained jurisdiction over your children’s education needs, we can re-open your case and negotiate how college will be hanlded.

If you have small children, you may not want to wait to put something in place so the court can retain jurisdiction over their education. Contact us for a confidential consultation today! We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or


National Say Something Nice Day

June 1, 2018 is National Say Something Nice Day! While it may sound cliché, sometimes it really pays off to just say something nice.

Everyone needs to hear a kind word once in a while. Today is the perfect opportunity to same something worthwhile to your kids, your spouse, or even your co-parent.

Your children look to you for guidance and approval. Even a note in their lunch box telling them that you hope they have a good day, or maybe that they’ve been doing a great job in school and to keep up the good work, could make their day!

Spouses often feel as though they go unappreciated. Letting your partner know that you see their hard work might seem like something small, but could really put a great spin on their day.

Co-parenting can be anything but easy, but sometimes putting a foot forward in the right direction can help immensely. On this Say Something Nice Day, tell your co-parent that you’re happy that they’re helping you raise your child together. Let them know their efforts don’t go unnoticed.

We at Wolf & Shore, LLC know that saying something nice doesn’t always solve everything. Sometimes we need some extra help. Our office works with counselors, advisors, and we also offer confidential consultations. You can contact us here, at 203.745.3151, or


Can Venmo Be A Key Part of Your Divorce?

Can Venmo be a key part of your divorce? The answer is yes!

Venmo is a new convenience, and it’s an app that allows you to receive and send money with one click. When Venmo was created, it probably wasn’t with the thought that it could be used to hide assets in a divorce proceeding, but the reality is that it can.

Venmo is an extremely useful tool. Being able to pay anyone, anywhere, anytime is invaluable. However, Venmo also stores funds which can go unseen in a divorce. When you send money over Venmo, you never really see what happens on the other end. The receiving party needs to actually accept your transfer, otherwise Venmo keeps your funds in a third-party account. This means that if you review someone’s Venmo statements and they have transfers that they haven’t accepted, that money will not be reflected. Their account could say $0.00 at the date of dissolution, and then before the ink has dried on the divorce agreement they can accept thousands of dollars.

Venmo is a game-changer for divorce. It’s not part of standard discovery requests, so some divorce attorneys may not even pursue statements. Some attorneys may not realize that Venmo even exists. Venmo is not a bank account or a credit card, so very rarely do parties disclose that they use Venmo at all. However, statements can easily be procured through additional discovery requests and/or interrogatories.

On the other hand, Venmo can be very useful in family cases if used correctly. You can easily keep track of child support payments, reimbursement for medical expenses, daycare costs, and more. Since Venmo is instantaneous, you can always ensure that your payments are on time. You also will always have proof of your payments in case they are ever questioned in court, as you will have an automatic “paper” trail.

Venmo is a public platform, so other people are also able to view who you pay and what you pay for. This level of transparency can make some people uneasy, so occasionally emojis are used in the memo line instead of a proper description. There are ways to make your payments “private” so that only you and the person you’re sharing funds with can see the transaction. If your payments are part of a court order, you may want to consider the private option and always write your description out.

If you have a divorce, custody, or post-judgment matter and you think you may need some guidance about your discovery and the role it plays in your case, contact Wolf & Shore, LLC for a confidential consultation today. We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or at

Congratulations Attorney Shari-Lynn Shore on receiving the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s award for the Nation’s Top One Percent!

Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore, of Wolf & Shore, LLC, has been selected to the 2018 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. This is Attorney Shore’s third consecutive year receiving this award, as she was selected in 2016 and 2017!

NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar, and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue-ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law.

Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.

Are We The Right Law Firm For You?

Are we the right Law Firm for you? Maybe. We hope so.

We truly enjoy working with people and helping them, but we know that not every client is the right fit for us. We understand that we work with people during some of the toughest times of their lives – going through a divorce, a custody battle, removing a child as a guardian of their grandchild, or even having their own parental rights terminated. There are a lot of emotions involved in many concerns to be addressed. However, we like clients to know upfront that we are forthcoming and honest with them. We always paint a realistic picture and advise clients of the pros and cons the actions that they can take. We focus on you, our client, because it is your life that is affected by these decisions.

However, we will advise you not to pursue a path that could have a negative effect on your matter, nor will we promise you the world when we know we can’t obtain it for you. Our clients make the final decision as to how we proceed in a case, but we always make sure that it’s an informed decision.  As tell our clients, Connecticut has very specific laws pertaining to many of these issues. Certainly, there are some gray areas, but you should understand if you are going through a divorce, you can’t walk away with the entire marital estate, and, just because it seems logical for something to pan out a certain way, it doesn’t mean that the law supports that.  It’s also important to understand that if you have work to do on your own, whether it be therapy, substance-abuse counseling, co-parenting counseling, etc. you may have to take a graduated approach to a final resolution. These are hard truths that we tell our clients every day, but our experience has shown us that being upfront with these issues is the best way to serve our clients and allows us to work hand-in-hand with them to get up them the best results possible.

If you need to pursue a family law matter or juvenile law matter, and you are looking for honest, sage and experienced advice please do not hesitate to contact us for a confidential consultation today! We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or

National Pet Parents Day

April 29, 2018 is National Pet Parents Day! This holiday was created to honor all dedicated pet parents across the nation with a special day of their own. For some, pets are just like family!

If you are a pet owner, you probably feel like your pets are your children. After all, you provide for them just like you would a child of your own. You feed them, bathe them, play with them, make sure they’re safe and taken care of.

What would your pets ever do without you?! This isn’t a question we usually ask ourselves. We usually wonder what we would do without our fur babies. However, many people now choose to provide for an arrangement for their pets if something should happen to them.

That’s right, you can create an estate plan that accounts for your beloved animals. You can appoint someone to take care of them in the event that something should ever happen to you. You can also set up a trust so your pet will be well taken care of after you pass.

Wolf & Shore, LLC knows that your animals are more than just property, they are your family. Why not make sure that they’ll be taken care forever, just like you would your own family members?

If you are interested in a confidential consultation for an estate plan, please do not hesitate to contact us here, at 203.745.3151, or

National Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month 2018

April is National Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month. According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members.

14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, about twice the frequency seen in the general population. Children who experience child abuse and neglect are about nine times more likely to become involved in criminal activity. A community that cares about early childhood development, parental support, and maternal mental health is more likely to foster nurturing families and healthy children.

Wolf & Shore, LLC works with our clients to help them find programs for positive parenting and child development when they need it. We understand that we work with clients during some of the toughest times of their lives and we are here to offer compassion, guidance, and knowledge to help each client work through their matter. A few examples of the types of cases we handle include divorce, custody, guardianship, grandparents’ rights, child protection, juvenile delinquency and post-judgment modifications. We know how important it is for children to grow up with strong support systems, and in a safe environment. If you are concerned about a friend, family member, or loved one, and think legal action may be necessary, contact us for a confidential consultation.

Everyone can take a role in helping children get the love and support they need. If you suspect a child in Connecticut is being abused or neglected, please call 1-800-842-2288.


National Ex-Spouse Day 2018

April 14, 2018 is National Ex-Spouse Day. It may not be easy, or even seem logical, but, if you are divorced, consider taking some time to appreciate your ex-spouse and what they offer when it comes to parenting your children together.

Divorce is not easy, and emotions can easily take over and make it hard to see the value in your ex-partner. However, there are so many reasons to be grateful for your ex-partner-they (hopefully) help raise your children and provide support for them.  As you know, it is crucial for co-parents to work together as a team.

Co-parenting is so important and having a united front when it comes to raising your family makes things much easier for blended families. Make sure that you communicate with each other and try to have the same ground rules in both homes to make transitioning smoother for your children.

Wolf & Shore, LLC knows that working together but being apart can be very stressful, and our office can refer you to co-parenting counselors or other professionals to help you if you need it.

If you have an ex-spouse, you should take some time to honor them today. Thanking them for their hard work and parenting efforts may just improve your co-parenting relationship altogether.

Wolf & Shore, LLC encourages co-parenting, and has partnered with Divorce Magazine to bring you this Divorce Magazine Co-parenting Guide.

If you think you need help co-parenting, or even a new parenting plan, please do not hesitate to contact us for a confidential consultation today! We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or