Divorce, also called a “dissolution of marriage,” is the legal process by which parties dissolve their marriage in the State of Connecticut. Divorce proceedings usually involve important aspects of people’s lives – children, money, property, close human relationships and powerful emotional issues. Divorce proceedings can be straightforward or exceedingly complex, depending on a variety of factors including income and assets of each party, and the degree of agreement and cooperation or disagreement and conflict. It is imperative that the representation you hire has a firm understanding of the law, trends in the law, and appreciates the individual aspects of your case to achieve a successful negotiation or trial of a divorce action. Attorney Caisse’s decision to limit his practice to Family and Matrimonial Law since 1992 has allowed him to maintain a laser focus on divorce law in the State of Connecticut, and understand the importance of recognizing the emotional strain and costs normally associated with these proceedings.
During the divorce proceedings, Attorney Caisse will work with you in gathering the facts that are relevant to your case. If it is necessary, or desirable, information and documentation can be obtained from the other party, and sometimes even third parties such as banks, employers, or potential witnesses, through various methods, commonly referred to as discovery (subpoenas, requests for production, depositions, and the like).
Divorce cases are resolved by applying the legal criteria and the principles of fairness and reasonableness (“equity”) to the relevant facts of each case. Therefore, once the facts have been determined or agreed upon, Attorney Caisse will perform a case evaluation and give you his best estimate as to what he believes would happen if there were a court trial, and why. Because of the many subjective factors present, divorce cases do not lend themselves to preciseness. However, Attorney Caisse considers case evaluations to be fundamental to his representation and advising clients, in helping clients come to an informed decision on whether to settle on agreed terms or proceed to trial, where a Judge of the Superior Court for the State of Connecticut will, after hearing testimony and reviewing evidence, determine what is in the best interest of the children, and what is fair and equitable financially.