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Do Connecticut Divorce Attorneys offer Free Consultations?

In Connecticut, whether divorce attorneys offer free consultations can vary significantly from one law firm to another. Some attorneys do offer free initial consultations, which may provide a valuable opportunity to understand the divorce process, discuss your case, and evaluate the attorney’s fit for your needs​.  However, other attorneys may charge for these consultations, typically at their standard hourly rate​.

If cost is a concern, there are options available. Some law firms may offer shorter free consultations or lower-cost services through various legal aid programs for those who qualify based on income. Additionally, services like JustAnswer or ABA Free Legal Answers offer platforms where you can get some preliminary legal advice at a lower cost or for free, which might help you prepare better for any paid consultations​.

It’s important to prepare thoroughly for any consultation, free or paid, by having relevant information and documents ready and by having a list of questions to ask about the attorney’s experience, approach to cases like yours, and fees​. This preparation can help you make the most of the consultation, ensuring that you get the necessary information to make informed decisions about your case.

NOTE: Most Divorce Attorneys in Fairfield County Do Not offer Free Consultations;

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Free consultations create potential liability for Divorce Attorneys (e.g. the possibility of a malpractice claim brought by your spouse in a high conflict divorce);

If a Divorce Attorney formally meets with you, that attorney is automatically “conflicted out” of representing your spouse; (in accordance with the Connecticut Rules of Practice)

Lawyers offering Free Consultations are not providing “legal advice”

Most all of the lawyers who offer “Free consults” are not giving you “legal advice.”  There is no such thing as a free lunch, and there are no free consultations in divorce.

Free Consultations create liability for lawyers

Giving legal advice jeopardizes the lawyer, potentially risking themselves of malpractice claims by creating a factual circumstance wherein an attorney-client relationship could be asserted or claimed down the road.   A good, successful lawyer at the top of their game does not expose themselves to liability by giving random legal advice for free.

Those attorneys that  offer Free Consultations simply use them to engage in hard sales tactics and to sell you on their services.  This is a waste of both of your time.

You Get What You Pay For

All of our clients who schedule a Paid Consultation after having “Free Consults” elsewhere have said, “You really do get what you pay for out there.”  In our experience, a thorough initial consultation lasts at least 1 hour.  If a firm or lawyer is willing to commit several hours delivering “free legal advice”, they must be lacking clients or experience.

Remember, a lawyer’s time is his stock.  Reputable, experienced divorce lawyers at the top of their game charge market rates for their time in return for valuable knowledge and expertise.  And, there is a comfort in knowing that you are getting what you paid for.

How to Hire a Divorce Attorney?


Advice from an Experienced Divorce Attorney

Prospective clients who schedule and complete a Paid Consultation get the same advice and service we provide to established clients, even though a formal Client Relationship has not been established.  You will have uninterrupted time with an experienced Divorce and Family Law Attorney to ask questions and explore your options/strategy.

The Benefit of Attorney Client Privilege

Anything you say,convey, and/or communicate to us is subject to the protection of Attorney-Client Privilege  — as that relationship is established by the payment for service.

Dedicated Time and Focus

Our Initial Consultations are scheduled and blocked out for an hour.  Some run longer, but we never rush you.

Document and Case Review with Legal Analysis and Strategy Recommendations

  • Review of existing orders, agreements, and court documents AND a specific legal analysis based on the facts and information that you have provided;
  • Develop a strategy to help you obtain and secure all the personal, financial, tax, healthcare, and medical information you need;
  • A detailed explanation of your rights in a Connecticut Divorce;
  • Review of your options for child custody and visitation, and calculate child and spousal support for you;
  • Inventory your assets and explain characterization and division of assets.
    • Determine if you have any reimbursement rights, and provide an explanation;
    • Assess if you need to hire other experts, such as forensic accountants, vocational evaluators, and/or child custody evaluators.  And, explain the pros and cons of hiring these experts;
  • Explore options for handling your divorce;

We review your options and explain the potential costs to determine the most cost-effective method to handle you divorce.

It is not unusual for us to advise a client during an initial consultation that our services are actually not needed.  We regularly offer alternatives that benefit only you (and not us), such as referring you or helping you behind the scenes in a mediation.

A Paid Consultation helps you avoids the following time-wasters:Attorney Alexander J. Cuda Changing Divorce Attorneys in the middle of your case

  • Rehashing useless information that can be found on the internet.
    •  We will not waste your time giving you general information you can find on our website.
  • Hard sales tactics.
  • Some Divorce lawyers can be inappropriately and prematurely aggressive.  Some might try to offer a service/strategy that is off-point and hasty maneuvers that are suspect.  Still others may manipulate feeling of anger, fear and paranoia — creating conflict just to make as much money as possible because “free legal advice” does not pay their bills.
  • Inexperienced or unscrupulous lawyers.

You get what you pay for…

In a divorce, your children, marital assets, and future are on the line.  You want a lawyer who understands the complexity and nuances of your finances and assets.  If an attorney is doing free work, they do not understand money.  If they can’t budget for themselves, they certainly cannot advocate on your behalf for an equal/fair division of assets.

Be wary of “cheap” lawyers who will accept $2,500 or 5,000 for your case when your case is replete with complex issues.

Initial retainers do not fund your entire case, and many times, these lawyers enter a case as a “loss leader” with no long-term commitment to you.  It is important to note, that the limited involvement of this kind of attorney can harm you in the long run.  If you pay a cheap roofer to for a “cheap patch job”, and your roof will collapse in the next rainstorm.  When you finally pay a professional roofer, they will charge you more than they would have originally charged you, just to undo the damage from a cheap patch job.  You get what you pay for.


While the prospect of free consultations can be appealing, it’s essential to recognize that quality legal advice comes at a cost. In Connecticut, the diversity in consultation practices among divorce attorneys means you should carefully consider your options and choose a consultation format that aligns with your needs and budget constraints.

Understand All Your Options: If you are considering a divorce in Connecticut, it’s advisable to start by researching local attorneys to understand their consultation offerings. Consider both free and paid options and evaluate what each attorney brings to the table in terms of expertise, approach, and cost. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation that could provide clarity and direction for your divorce proceedings.

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Your choice of attorney can significantly impact the outcome of your case, so choose wisely and ensure you get the best possible advice and representation for your situation.


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