Family Law

The attorneys of the Family Law practice at Pullman & Comley focus on all aspects of family law and litigation. They routinely take on complex disputes utilizing creative strategies tailored to each client’s individual needs.

With offices in Stamford, Bridgeport, 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. We have experience in every type of matter that a family law client may need addressed, including: 

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

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 Family Court Judge for the State during their respective tenure on the bench. Judge 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, selected by other counsel to assist them in bringing their matters to conclusions for their clients. Judge Dranginis, who joined the firm in 2016, currently focuses on litigation matters involving matrimonial law, trial strategy, arbitration and mediation. In private practice, they give Pullman a singular edge with their incredible knowledge and understanding of Connecticut Family Law. 

The attorneys in our Family Law Practice group have broad experience in the multifaceted and contentious issues confronting families in crisis. Our chair, Campbell D. Barrett, is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and represents clients in courts across the state and has successfully argued several significant family law cases of first impression in Connecticut’s Supreme and Appellate Courts. Attorney Jon Kukucka has extensive family court experience, substantial first-chair trial and appellate experience and has been counsel on many appeals to the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.  

Attorney Jill Bicks focuses in the area of domestic relations, including pre- and post-nuptial agreements; divorce, including collaborative divorce; child custody; the representation of minor children as attorney or guardian ad litem (GAL); and post-judgment enforcement or modification. She is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and in New York. 

Attorneys Johanna S. Katz and Michael Marafito provide further breadth and depth to our Family Law team. 

The team is knowledgeable about the complexity of property distribution and asset valuation and frequently represents high net worth individuals in high profile litigated matters as well as those in which clients seek privacy, discretion and anonymity.  They have significant experience in complex disputes which can arise pre-divorce, post-divorce, in same-sex relationships and non-marital relationships. 

While exceptionally skilled litigators, our Family Law team also has critical training and experience in the use of alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative divorce.  Our lawyers take pride in being creative thinkers who work with their clients to develop strategies tailored to each client’s individual needs, goals and objectives. 

Pullman’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 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. 

Our attorneys have lectured widely, authored various chapters in treatises in the field and 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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