Why should I hire the Law Offices of Gina A. Pasquini to represent me, as opposed to other law firms?
Attorney Pasquini has over twenty-five years of experience practicing law in the State of Connecticut and prides herself on being respected by both her peers and by the Court. She forges a good relationship with her clients and apprises them of all aspects of their case on a timely basis. As an experienced advocate, Attorney Pasquini will use her skill and knowledge to negotiate a comprehensive settlement of all outstanding issues in a client's case where possible, but is not afraid to resort to litigation to represent her client's best interests.
Do you charge for an initial consultation?
Yes, for family matters we charge a fixed fee for an initial consultation.
How long is the divorce process?
There is no definitive answer to how long a party's divorce case will take because each case is individual in nature and concerns different legal issues. For example, a disputed custody case will take longer to conclude than a limited divorce case which consists only of financial issues. The reasonableness of each party and his or her respective attorneys will also affect the length of the divorce process.
What is the difference between a legal separation and a divorce?
A legal separation is not a required prerequisite to obtaining a divorce in the State of Connecticut. Both a legal separation and a divorce require that an action be brought and that orders enter at the end of each case in regard to custody of the children, support of the parties and a division of the assets. The primary difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that the parties remain married after a legal separation, but do not live together.
What should I do to help my attorney prepare for my divorce case?
Prepare a marital history, which should be the story of your marriage and should include specifics about each major financial transaction during the marriage, including the purchase and sale of each residence. It should depict any assets and liabilities you or your spouse brought to the marriage and any inheritances or large gifts either of you received during the marriage. The marital history should also describe significant events and characteristics that contributed to the breakdown of the marriage including violence, adultery, and problems with alcohol or drugs. It should refer to the birth of each of your children and any problems that ensued, as well as including any efforts at reconciliation, including marriage counseling, and why they ended.
Cooperate in the preparation of a detailed financial affidavit.
Gather required financial information and documentation, which should include, but not be limited to at least three years of income tax returns, documentation showing year-to-date income information for both parties, bank statements for the prior twenty-four months, the most recent retirement and deferred compensation statements, and the most recent life insurance statements.
Assist in the preparation of a parenting plan to determine the time that each parent will spend with the minor children.
What if I need to hire other professionals or experts to assist in my case?
There may be special circumstances in a particular case which require that other professionals or experts be hired. Such experts may include a tax expert, a valuation expert, a real estate appraiser, a custody or psychological evaluator, an actuary or a medical expert.
Do you accept credit card payments for your legal services?
Yes, we accept credit card payments for legal services on either Visa or MasterCard credit cards.