FAQs

Connecticut Legal Questions
Do I need an attorney?
 

If you’re asking yourself this question, the answer is probably yes. All too often, we see pro se parties handle a matter for as long as possible and then contact an attorney when something goes wrong.  Unfortunately, sometimes that is too late. In order to best protect your legal interests, you should consider consulting an attorney as soon as you think you may want to proceed forward, or need to defend, a legal matter. By hiring an attorney, you will be able to ensure that you have proactive guidance on your side-someone who can advocate for you and who has your best interests in mind at all times.

 

If I retain an attorney at Wolf & Shore, LLC, am I retaining just one attorney or the entire firm?

We consider all of our clients to be firm clients. Our attorneys consult with each other and take a collaborative approach to each individual file to ensure face-to-face contact and personal and individualized service.

If I have a question about my case, will I be able to get in touch with my attorney?

Absolutely. The attorneys at Wolf & Shore, LLC routinely check their voicemail, email and fax. It is our office policy to return all phone calls, emails and faxes within one business day.

Is Wolf & Shore, LLC informed about new developments in the legal system? 

Yes, our attorneys make it a part of their daily routine to review new case law and keep abreast of various legal issues in the news. Additionally, the attorneys of Wolf & Shore, LLC are very active in both attending and conducting continuing legal education classes and pro bono seminars to ensure our clients access to the most up-to-date knowledge possible.

How old must a child be in order to decide whether they can visit the parent they do not live with?                                                            

In Connecticut, the court does not specify a hard age at which a child can determine if he or she wants to see the non-custodial parent.  However, in my experience, I have seen the Court take such facts into consideration with children as young as 7 years old. Also, around the age of 13, courts tend to give a much stronger deference to which parent a child wants to reside and/or visit with.  That being said, it is important to have a an attorney for the minor child appointed (not a guardian ad litem) so that the child’s wishes could be presented to the court, as appropriate.  It is also important to strongly consider the child in the matter, and how much he or she wants to be involved. It is important for the parent to truly understand the child’s motive and address them as necessary.

I know there’s an “attorney-client privilege,” but does that mean that my consultation is confidential too?

Yes.  Regardless of whether or not you retain Wolf & Shore, LLC, anything said, or any documents reviewed, during your initial consultation remain strictly confidential.  If you provide us with any documentation and choose not to retain us, your documents will be returned to you immediately.

What is your privacy protection policy?

Wolf & Shore, LLC understands our clients’ concerns for privacy and the need to ensure such for all of your information. Your privacy is important to us and maintaining your trust and confidence is a high priority. We adhere strictly to the professional standards of confidentiality. Furthermore, it is our office policy to redact and shred any documents containing personal information that must be disposed. We will not disclose any personal information about our clients, former clients, or potential clients, to anyone except as permitted and/or mandated by law and any applicable ethics rules.

What courts do Wolf & Shore, LLC practice in?

Attorney Wolf and Attorney Shore practice in the following family courts: Ansonia/Milford, New Haven, Meriden, Waterbury, Norwich, Middletown, New Britain, Bridgeport and Hartford. We also practice in the following probate courts: Shelton, Hamden/Bethany, East Haven/North Haven, Branford/North Branford, West Haven, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Madison/Guilford, Southington, Wallingford, Glastonbury, New Haven, Cheshire/Southington, New Haven Children’s Probate Court, Meriden Children’s Probate Court. In addition to that, Wolf & Shore, LLC has a state contract in the Hartford Juvenile Court, and also practices in the New Britain Juvenile Court, New Haven Juvenile Court and Waterbury Juvenile Court.

Where do I file for divorce?

Connecticut Judicial
District Courts

Judicial District Towns Served
Ansonia-Milford Judicial District
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Milford*, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven* (*Towns may also use New Haven Judicial District)

For residents of Bethany, Milford, West Haven or Woodbridge, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of New Haven or the judicial district of Ansonia- Milford

For Southbury, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Ansonia-Milford or the judicial district of Waterbury.

Danbury Judicial District
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman
Fairfield Judicial District
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Bridgeport, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull

For Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport or Wilton, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Stamford-Norwalk or the judicial district of Fairfield.

Hartford Judicial District
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Canton, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Manchester, Marlborough, Simsbury, South Windsor, Suffield, West Hartford, Windsor and Windsor Locks.

For residents of Avon, Canton, Farmington or Simsbury, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Hartford or the judicial district of New Britain.

For residents of Manchester, East Windsor, South Windsor or Enfield, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Hartford or the judicial district of Tolland

For Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Hartford or the judicial district of New Britain (some exceptions).

For residents of Cromwell, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Hartford or the judicial district of Middlesex.

Litchfield J.D.
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington and Winchester

For Watertown or Woodbury, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Waterbury or the judicial district of Litchfield.

Meriden Judicial District
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
*See New Haven
Middlesex Judicial District
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Chester, Clinton, Cromwell*, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

For residents of Cromwell, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Hartford or the judicial district of Middlesex.

New Britain Judicial District
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, Newington*, Rocky Hill*, Wethersfield*

For residents of Avon, Canton, Farmington or Simsbury, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Hartford or the judicial district of New Britain.

For residents of Plymouth, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of New Britain or the judicial district of Waterbury.

For Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Hartford or the judicial district of New Britain (some exceptions).

New Haven Judicial District
Bethany*, Branford, Chesire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Wallingford and Woodbridge*.

Plaintiff can elect to file at New Haven or Meriden.

For residents of Bethany, Milford, West Haven or Woodbridge, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of New Haven or the judicial district of Ansonia- Milford

New London Judicial District
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Bozrah, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown and Waterford

Plaintiff can elect to file in either New London or Norwich

Norwich
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
See New London
Stamford-Norwalk J.D.
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. (All towns may also use Fairfield J.D.)

For residents of Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport or Wilton, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Stamford-Norwalk or the judicial district of Fairfield.

Tolland J.D.  
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions
.
Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Ellington, Hebron, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon and Willington

For residents of Manchester, East Windsor, South Windsor or Enfield, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Hartford or the judicial district of Tolland

Waterbury J.D.
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury, Watertown*, Wolcott and Woodbury* (* may also use Litchfield J.D.   Southbury may also use Ansonia-Milford J.D.)

For residents of Plymouth, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of New Britain or the judicial district of Waterbury.

For Southbury, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Ansonia-Milford or the judicial district of Waterbury.

For Watertown or Woodbury, the action may be filed at the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial district of Waterbury or the judicial district of Litchfield.

Windham J.D.
Link to address, phone numbers
and directions.
Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Scotland, Sterling, Thompson, Willimantic, Windham and Woodstock.

Note: Court locations in Putnam and Willimantic

 

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