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Divorce and Family Law Services in Westport, CT

Divorce and Family Law Services in Westport, Connecticut

Connecticut family law firm serves the Westport, CT community

The Westport divorce attorneys of Needle | Cuda provide family law services to residents of the town and actively serve all the communities between Greenwich and Fairfield. Our firm provides representation at all stages of separation, divorce and other family and domestic relations matters. Our elite clientele includes public figures, celebrities, prominent executives and high-net-worth couples whom we serve with professionalism, discretion and savvy.

Our attorneys and professional staff members live and raise their families locally. Our offices are conveniently located at 830 Post Road East, near the intersection of the Boston Post Road and the Exit 18 Connector (to Sherwood Island State Park). Our resimercial office suite offers many residential-inspired features designed specifically to create a casual, comfortable and homey environment. Additionally, our offices and office building include many discrete features to maximize your privacy and ensure your security.

Family lawyers connected to their community

Managing partner and attorney at Needle | Cuda Melissa Needle and her husband, Chris, despite both being Connecticut natives of Fairfield and Greenwich respectively, are longtime Westport, CT residents. They specifically chose to live in Westport, CT to raise their three kids, who all attended Westport public schools (Kings Highway, Coleytown Middle School and Staples) and have since passed into or beyond college, business school and/or law school — and have started their young adult careers in the New York City area.

Melissa and Chris have been very connected to and active within the Westport community over the years, particularly with respect to youth sports (town programs), local travel programs (Westport PAL and others) and Staples High School. Over the years, their daughters played soccer, basketball and volleyball through middle school and Varsity volleyball at Staples High School. Their son played soccer, lacrosse, basketball and football through middle school and then Varsity lacrosse and football at Staples.

Melissa and Chris have experienced their fair share of crazy-busy travel team carpools and shared many great times (rain, shine and snow) from the stands at the athletic fields (at Wakeman, Town Hall, Town Farm Ball Complex and Meyer Field) or indoor gym bleachers (at Coleytown, Bedford, Kings Highway, Saugatuck and Greens Farms Schools, etc.) beside fellow Westporters cheering all the kids on and rooting for the Westport Wreckers.

Westport, CT community highlights and town amenities

Situated on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, Westport is one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. Just 50 short miles from New York City, this picturesque New England town combines charm with chic, and amity with affluence. Westport real estate includes palatial homes on multiacre tracts as well as Long Island Sound properties near Compo Beach, the Saugatuck River and Saugatuck Shores.

Westport, Connecticut also anchors one of the most highly ranked school districts in the country. U.S. News currently ranks Staples High School #380 nationally (#169 in STEM High Schools) of 17,800 public high schools, and #4 in the state of Connecticut (only trailing Darien, Weston and the Marine Science Magnet School of Southeastern Connecticut).

The town’s plethora of amenities includes pristine beaches (including Compo Beach, Saugatuck Shores Beach, Sherwood Island State Park and the lesser known Burying Hill and Old Mill beaches), ample marinas (such as the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club and the Ned Dimes Marina near Compo), golf courses and country clubs (including Long Shore Golf Course and Birchwood Country Club), first-class entertainment venues (such as the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the Westport County Playhouse founded in 1931), the state-of-the-art Westport Public Library (which recently completed a $21 million dollar transformation project) and the Westport Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

Westport’s main shopping district (located on Main Street along the Saugatuck River) boasts a unique mix of quintessential Connecticut charm, modern elegance and “country” convenience (as it is small enough to walk around easily). Our residents enjoy the menagerie of shops lining Main Street where locally owned/independent shops like Savvy + Grace, Faye Kim Designs and The Tailored Home are gracefully intermingled with high-end and luxury national retailers like Tiffany & Co, L’Occitane, Vineyard Vines, Serena & Lily and Anthropologie.

Town residents enjoy Westport’s wonderful mix of eateries and restaurants — appealing to every mood and the most discernable palates. Whether it’s just a fun bite or happy hour cocktails with friends, you can grab a great view along the Saugatuck River down at Bar Taco, Arezzo, Rive Bistro or the Whelk.  Strolling along Main Street or doing your errands along shopping corridors, it is quite easy to grab a quick “to-go” bite at the Rye Ridge Deli, Gold’s Delicatessen, Aux Delices, Fortuna’s, Gaetano’s or Layla’s — or, with a little more time and commitment, a tasty lunch at The Granola Bar, Don Memo, Match Burger Lobster or Rainbow Thai (the latter with a view of the iconic swinging Cribari Bridge). You can also choose from an eclectic collection of casual bistros, bars, taverns, trattorias and sushi bars like The Spotted Horse, Walrus Alley, Pink Sumo, Amis, Tarry Lodge and Rizzuto’s Oyster Bar (the latter two down in Saugatuck near the Westport Train Station). Or, for a bit fancier and slightly more sophisticated dinner and night out, there are the old favorites like Tarantino’s and The Cottage or the newer OKO, Hudson Malone, Kawa Ni and Basso Restaurants.

We would be remiss for failing to mention a few local “classics” that just simply defy any categorization: Coffee An’ Donut Shop (for breakfast — but focus on the donuts), Dunville’s Restaurant (the best burgers), The Black Duck (when you are super casual and going old school) and the great ice cream toss up — Saugatuck Sweets vs. Sunny Daes (you make the call). Lastly, we pay sad homage to the collective memory of Mario’s Place — a frequent and familiar stop (prior to 2015), for any long time Westport-GCT Metro North Commuter worth their salt.

Family lawyers help elite, high-net-worth client base in Westport, CT

Westport’s affluent residents expect an elite quality of legal services, sophistication, savvy and personalization that we at Needle | Cuda are poised to deliver. Our attorneys have experience representing distinguished individuals in the full range of family law matters.

Divorce can be contentious even in the best of economic circumstances. Spouses who are splitting up often have disagreements on such issues as alimony, property division, child support, child custody and visitation. Our Westport divorce lawyers focus on resolving divorces confidentially, efficiently and fairly, prioritizing the long-term interests of our clients and their children.

Westport residents can have complex family issues

In a wealthy Fairfield County community, there are myriad ways in which family disputes can be complicated. Issues that often pose particular difficulty during a Westport divorce include:

  • Asset protection — In a Connecticut divorce, all property owned by either spouse is subject to equitable distribution. These assets are typically diversified, including real estate, business ownership, investment portfolios, luxury cars, boats, jewelry and other valuables. Careful attention must be given to quantifying and evaluating marital assets and to protecting each spouse’s rightful share. Any suspicions of hidden assets should be thoroughly investigated.
  • Spousal support — The standard of living established during a Westport marriage may support a substantial alimony award for a spouse who stepped back from their career to care for the family or who made other sacrifices for the marriage. Negotiating alimony involves parsing each spouse’s needs and relative financial wellbeing.
  • Children’s needs — Private schooling and extracurricular activities can come at a steep expense in Fairfield County. A child support agreement or order should reflect the costs of the child’s education and other activities that provide stability in his or her life.
  • Residency and relocation — Working out who gets to keep the marital home and who must leave can be difficult, especially if one spouse has a greater ability to relocate than the other spouse.

By hiring a knowledgeable Westport attorney to handle your divorce, you assure yourself of having a dedicated professional looking out for your interests at all times. We listen carefully to the particular needs of our clients and design legal strategies best suited to achieving their objectives.

Contact trusted Westport divorce and family services attorneys for your first consultation

Located in Westport, Connecticut, the attorneys of Needle | Cuda represent clients throughout Fairfield County in divorce and related family matters. To schedule a confidential consultation with a member of our team, call 203-429-4151 or contact us online.

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