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Since joining BRODER & ORLAND LLC in 2012, Chris has handled hundreds of family law cases, including those with sophisticated financial matters and complex children’s issues. He has notably prevailed in defending and prosecuting numerous relocation cases. Chris has met with much success in settling and trying cases and has proven adept at knowing when to do either. He has also represented clients in the negotiation and drafting of complex Cohabitation, Prenuptial, and Postnuptial Agreements. Chris has been recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a 2017 New Leader in the Law and has also been selected a New England Super Lawyers ® Rising Star® 2014-2019 in the area of Family Law.

Sarah E. Murray Presents at Westport-Weston Bar Association

Sarah E. Murray Presents on Cohabitation Issues in Family Law Cases at Westport-Weston Bar Association.

Sarah E. Murray, Partner at Broder & Orland LLC, gave a seminar at the Westport-Weston Bar Association on November 21, 2019, entitled “Navigating Cohabitation Issues in Connecticut Family Law Cases.”  She discussed relevant case law regarding the modification of alimony in Connecticut on the basis of cohabitation, including takeaways for preparing and presenting a cohabitation case. She also delved into considerations when drafting Separation Agreement language regarding the modifiability of alimony based on cohabitation.



When it comes to divorce, the dirty little secret is not that one of the partners had an affair; rather, it’s that this transgression will not significantly affect the court settlement. Here in Connecticut, assets in most  divorce cases nearly always get split down the middle. As for his affair with the dog groomer? That might nudge the needle a bit, to 50/50 or maybe 60/40 percent – but beyond that? Not likely.

Child Support is mandated by state guidelines, and alimony, too, falls within a range that any reputable divorce attorney can estimate. Even Parenting Plans are predictable, reflecting the availability of each party to parent the children. While the court considers all circumstances in a divorce case, says Carole Topol Orland, attorney and cofounding member and partner of Broder & Orland LLC in Westport and Greenwich, it doesn’t have to apply any of them to the settlement.

So why make divorce a war? Find an experienced attorney beforehand who can clue you in on the likely outcome, saving you lots of anguish, time and money.  Carole T. Orland

Read the full article, published in the July 2019 issue of the Greenwich Magazine as well as all their publications including Westport, New Canaan-Darien, Stamford and Fairfield.



Broder & Orland LLC Assists its Divorce Clients in Navigating New Alimony Rules

The New York Times recently published an article on the new tax laws affecting those contemplating divorce:

Strip out the acrimony and emotion, and divorce can be boiled down to a business negotiation. Harsh as that may sound — there are often children stuck in the middle — when a couple gets down to completing their split, the numbers matter: assets, support, time allotted with children.

Divorce negotiations are never easy, and they became more complicated this year…

The attorneys at Broder & Orland LLC have years of experience in crafting separation agreements that take into account the tax advantages of alimony and unallocated support payments.

Read the full article here.


Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish: Christopher J. DeMattie to Present at Upcoming NBI Seminar

Much has been said about the issues discussed in divorce. But what about the procedures? Are you intimately familiar with all the dos and don’ts of family court? Let our seasoned attorney faculty walk you through a detailed step-by-step instruction on the mechanics of a divorce case.

Associate attorney Chris DeMattie will present at the National Business Institute’s seminar entitled “Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish” along with a panel of several other distinguished attorneys. The full-day seminar is scheduled for Thursday, December 6th in North Haven, Connecticut. Legal professionals interested in attending can register online via the NBI website.

Carole T. Orland Quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2018

Have you ever wondered how attorneys deal with the trials and tribulations of the job? The Connecticut Law Tribune set to find out in a recent article titled “Stress Kills: Finding Balance in an Often Thankless Profession.” Several prominent attorneys across the state were contacted for comment, including one of Broder & Orland LLC’s founding partners, Carole Topol Orland:

Carole Topol Orland of Broder & Orland [LLC] in Westport reasoned that areas such as family law are often filled with highly charged emotions, and lawyers need to be prepared to face that environment. “Yes, stress is a normal part of our profession,” she said. “Having practiced for over 40 years, I have learned to cope by focusing on positive solutions rather than allowing myself to get mired down in stressful situations. I am also most fortunate to have an office of supportive attorneys and staff on whom I can draw when things get rough. We find humor to be a great antidote.

Read the full article, published on September 13, on the official website of the Connecticut Law Tribune.


Attorneys Broder and Orland Recognized by Best Lawyers®, 2019

Broder & Orland LLC is thrilled to announce that its founding partners, Attorneys Eric J. Broder and Carole Topol Orland, have both been selected for recognition in the Best Lawyers® 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Family Law. This distinction indicates legal expertise, ethics, and professionalism of the highest caliber.

The complete 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® is now available to the public through the Best Lawyers® website.

Does Cheating Affect Child Support and Child Custody? Eric J. Broder Quoted in Romper, April 2018


Read both articles now:

Does Cheating Affect Child Support? Here’s When the Unfaithful Party May Have to Fork Over More

Does Cheating Affect Child Custody Arrangements? Here’s When Infidelity is Taken Into Consideration

Sarah E. Murray Honored as Three Year Member of AIOFLA’s “10 Best in Connecticut”

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) recognizes those who show excellence in their field and honors those attorneys who have achieved success for the benefit of their client. “AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Family Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide.”

Broder & Orland LLC is proud to announce that partner Sarah E. Murray has been named one of the “10 Best in Connecticut For Client Satisfaction” for the third consecutive year! More information about Attorney Murray’s accomplishment can be found on AIOFLA’s website.

Sarah E. Murray Published in Fairfield County Bar Association Quarterly, November 2017

The Winter 2017-18 edition of The FCBA Quarterly featured an article penned by Attorney Sarah E. Murray. Her article, “Modification of Alimony in Connecticut Based on Cohabitation,” discusses Connecticut law pertaining to alimony and the modification thereof, as well as answers commonly asked questions regarding cohabitation.

Click here for access to the most recent edition of The FCBA Quarterly, and look for Attorney Murray’s  article on page ten!