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Prenuptial Agreements & Disputes

A premarital agreement can be an effective mechanism to protect one's rights and assets when entering into marriage. The family lawyers at Gans & Gans have the comprehensive knowledge to help couples protect financial interests now and in the future.

Creating Prenuptial Agreements

While many couples create a prenuptial agreement to address rights involving assets, many families have other important considerations. Our lawyers assess all unique issues involved and draft a prenuptial agreement which addresses any issues which may be of concern now or in the future, such as:
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  • Rights of children 
  • Child support obligations 
  • Waiver of alimony 
  • Estate planning concerns 
  • Division of business assets 
Prenuptial Agreement Disputes

Depending upon how it was created, there can be valid reasons to contest a prenuptial agreement when it is put into effect. As experienced prenuptial and alimony lawyers, we are able to assist clients with contesting or enforcing a prenuptial agreement. Legal issues that may arise involve:
  • Was there full disclosure at the time of the agreement? 
  • Did each party have the opportunity to discuss the agreement with a separate attorney? 
  • Is the language vague or unclear? 

Our family and alimony lawyers have the negotiation, investigation, and trial skills to resolve these issues and protect our clients' interests.


Restraining Order/Domestic Violence

Our attorneys are compassionate and understanding of these sensitive situations. We offer informative advice to people filing restraining orders or those contesting a restraining order.

Restraining Order Court Process

Domestic violence law in Connecticut involves a specific procedure for requesting a restraining order against a spouse, significant other, former partner, or other individual in a close relationship.
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  • Filing a restraining order: The applicant must show there was fear of imminent bodily harm. This occurs at an ex parte hearing (a hearing without the presence of the alleged abuser) at which the judge will choose to grant or dismiss the restraining order. If the judge grants the order, there will be a temporary restraining order for a two week period. 

  • Two week hearing: If a temporary restraining order is granted, the other party will have an opportunity to contest the order at the two week hearing. This hearing strictly evaluates if the statutory guidelines have been met. Has there been physical danger? Has there been fear of bodily harm? Is this an ongoing problem? Should the individual be deprived of his/her home, children, or family? Are the parties credible? 

  • Restraining order granted: If a judge deems that imminent fear of bodily harm/domestic violence exists, the judge will grant a restraining order for the statutory period of six months. Connecticut laws do not permit restraining orders to exceed six months. 
If you need help with any of the above legal matters, call Gans & Gans at 203-916-1943 today. 
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