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Family Law

The attorneys in the Family Law Practice at Pullman & Comley, named 2017 “Family Law Department of the Year,” mid-sized firm by The Connecticut Law Tribune, are recognized for their skill and experience by clients and colleagues alike. Clients retain our attorneys to handle complex disputes utilizing creative strategies tailored to each client’s individual needs.

With offices in upper and lower Fairfield County, Hartford, and White Plains, our family law attorneys have the capacity to handle all aspects of divorce, property distribution, alimony, child support, and child custody. 

Our work focuses on: 

  • High net worth divorces
  • Child custody and parenting issues
  • Collaborative divorce
  • Complex family matters
  • Drafting and litigating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Litigation, arbitration and mediation
  • Appeals to all courts
  • Complexities in dissolving same sex marriages and relationships

We have a deep bench.

Our team is set apart by the counsel and experience of two retired judges, Retired Appellate Court Judge Anne C. Dranginis and Retired Superior Court Judge Lynda B. Munro, both of whom served as the Chief Administrative Family Court Judge for the State during their respective tenure on the bench. Here in private practice, they give Pullman a singular edge with their incredible knowledge and understanding of Connecticut Family Law.

Judge Anne Dranginis brings her 45 years of experience in litigation and as a judge of the trial court and the appellate court to consult on strategic goals, efficiently litigate when necessary, and provide mediation/arbitration services which fit a particular case.

Judge Lynda Munro, who had a 20-year career on the Connecticut bench, leads our work in alternate dispute resolution, mediating and arbitrating a wide range of cases. She also regularly consults on trial strategy, an invaluable tool for our team.

Our Family Law Practice Group is led by Attorney Campbell Barrett who is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He tries cases across the state and has successfully argued significant family law cases of first impression in Connecticut’s Supreme and Appellate Courts.

Attorney Livia DeFilippis Barndollar is a nationally recognized and accomplished divorce attorney, handling the most complex and high net worth cases. Her representation is the gold standard, achieving advantageous outcomes for clients at trial and through settlement, built on her knowledge of the law and her keen understanding of her clients’ cases and objectives.   

Attorney Jill Bicks brings to our team a background in alternative dispute resolution and litigation, including mediation and Collaborative Divorce. She is recognized for providing clients with sophisticated representation that prioritizes families’ and children’s long-term emotional and financial well-being.

Attorney Jon Kukucka is a creative advocate who likes a challenge. He is the lawyer you want in your corner when settlement isn’t possible.

Attorney Kelly Scott recently joined us after five years at a family law boutique firm and work at Connecticut’s Regional Family Trial Docket. She ably counsels clients through the court process, firmly negotiates to her client’s advantage and succinctly presents and argues those matters that require judicial resolution.

Attorney Johanna Katz joined the firm in 2014 and focuses primarily on matrimonial and appellate law, including work on seminal decisions in Connecticut.

Attorney Michael Marafito joined Pullman & Comley’s Family Law team in 2016. With a background in public accounting, he brings a practical and strategic approach the practice of matrimonial law.

Pullman & Comley’s Family Law team has consistently been recognized by legal industry rankings, including Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leaders in the Law” and ”Best Family Law Group”, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys “Connecticut’s Ten Best.”  These honors serve as recognition of the diligent and scholarly work that the group does on behalf of its clients.

The Pullman & Comley Family Law team is selected by clients throughout the state because of our attorneys' mastery of the complexity of property distribution and asset valuation. We frequently represent high net worth individuals in high profile litigated matters as well as those in which clients seek privacy, discretion and anonymity.  The Family Law practice has significant experience in handling these matters as they arise in the continuum of pre-divorce, the divorce and post-divorce.

A leader in the LGBT community, Pullman & Comley is proud of the depth of experience of our Family Law practice in representation of clients in marital and non-marital same-sex relationships.

We have both exceptionally skilled litigators and members committed to the use of alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative divorce.  Our lawyers are creative thinkers who work with their clients to develop strategies tailored to each client’s individual needs, goals and objectives. 

Our attorneys lecture widely, and have authored various chapters and articles in treatises in the field.

Our Appellate Family lawyers established new family law precedents in the Connecticut Supreme Court, and have been involved in some of the most significant cases shaping the Family Law landscape, including: 

  • Lump sum alimony award does not constitute impermissible property distribution under terms of prenuptial agreement.  Hornung v. Hornung, 323 Conn. 144 (2016).
  • Custodial parents may obtain an upward modification of child support based on an increase in the non-custodial parent’s income.  McKeon v. Lennon, 321 Conn. 323 (2016).
  • The parameters for child support in high income cases.  Dowling v. Szymczak, 309 Conn. 390 (2013).
  • The recognition of postnuptial agreements in the state.  Bedrick v. Bedrick, 300 Conn. 691 (2011).
  • The operative definition of property for the equitable distribution of assets.  Mickey v. Mickey, 292 Conn. 597 (2009).
  • The legal test for the modification of alimony based on a claim of cohabitation.  Gervais v. Gervais, 91 Conn. App. 840 (2005).
  • The permissible use of capital gains in alimony modification cases.  Gay v. Gay, 266 Conn. 641 (2003).

Because the practice of family law encompasses a wide-range of interdisciplinary fields of law, our family law clients benefit from Pullman & Comley’s extensive knowledge and experience in the related areas of real estate, tax planning, trust and estates planning, corporate law and bankruptcy.

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