Divorce can be tough: especially for us prime-timers (45+). We understand all too well the stress and anxiety that comes with starting over. We have the experience and knowledge to resolve the issues of your divorce so that you can begin the next chapter of your life stress-free, financially stable and legally protected.
We know that informed, well-prepared clients fair best. We do our best to ensure that you fully understand the intricacies of the court process and are prepared for what lies ahead; during the process and as importantly after your divorce is final We offer:
For nearly three decades Laurie Giles has practiced divorce and family law throughout the State of Connecticut. She is a formidable negotiator, with extensive divorce trial experience. Attorney Giles frequently serves as a continuing legal education lecturer, instructing attorneys. Lecture topics include divorce trial preparation, divorce negotiations, and attorney ethics. She has been named by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys to the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Connecticut list. Currently, her divorce practice focuses on helping prime timers navigate through the divorce process and begin the next chapter of their life prepared and protected.
From your first contact with our office, you will know that you are more than just a faceless case number. Whether it is our Client Service Director Doreen helping you locate resources, or Heidi our Paralegal helping you organize necessary documents, our staff is here to support you. As part of our community you will:
What is our hourly billable rate? We don’t have one! We believe that the value of the service we provide should outweigh the fee charged. At the Law Office of Laurie Giles, we let you choose the spend based on what makes sense for your budget.
How long will the process take?
In Connecticut, the time frame is case- by-case. Under the new expedited divorce law, it is possible for many people to get divorced in less than 30 days.
How are household bills paid during the divorce process?
Once the process is initiated, automatic court orders apply. Essentially these orders require status quo during the pending divorce. For example; if one spouse pays the rent/mortgage before being served, the orders require continued payment.
If my spouse stops paying the bills, is there anything I can do?
Connecticut allows a judge to make Pendente Lite orders (during the pendency). This may include payment of bills, temporary spousal support or freezing of assets.
Will our assets and debts be divided 50-50%?
Connecticut is an equitable division state. This means that the court or the parties decide what is a fair and equitable division of both assets and debts.
Will I have to pay/receive alimony?
Alimony is determined on a case-by-case basis. Multiple factors will be considered when deciding an alimony order. Such factors include the age of the parties, a standard of living, earning capacity of each party, length of the marriage, and health of the parties.
How do I choose the right divorce lawyer?
It is important to choose a lawyer who not only has the experience you need, but one with whom you feel comfortable. While ratings and client reviews are great, (I am humbled by glowing reviews and honored by our high rankings) above all the attorney must be the right fit for your situation. Use the rule of meet with three lawyers and retain the one you believe best fits your needs. Follow your instincts.
If I am dissatisfied, can I switch lawyers?