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Heidi E. Opinsky

Heidi E. Opinsky

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Alimony, Child Support, Child Custody, Contracts & Agreements

About Me

Marriage and family often bring life's greatest joys and can form the emotional and financial basis for the rest of what life offers, including careers, work and the accumulation of wealth. When a marriage no longer works, it is important that the attorney handling your divorce case understands the challenges you are facing, is experienced in all potential legal aspects of your case and can provide skilled assistance and optimal solutions for your support, maintenance, property, custody, visitation and modification needs.


 


Heid Opinsky is admitted to practice in the States of Connecticut, New York and District of Columber and the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Heidi is a Certified Guardian Ad Litem and serves as an Appointed Special Master in Family Law in the Connecticut Suiperior Court. Heidi is a Partner of Jones Morrison, LLP. Heidi serves as a Member and Co-Chair of various Committees of the Fairfield County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association. With 30 years of experience in family law matters, Heidi helps New York and Connecticut residents resolve their family law, divorce, domestic violence and property law issues. Her family law services and experience range from uncontested and amicable divorces and legal separations - which can often be settled through negotiations, mediation, collaborative law and other alternative dispute resolutions - to complex, high-net worth and highly disputed matters. She has litigated dozens of cases in court and is skilled both in facilitating agreements between separating spouses and fighting for her clients' maintenance, alimony, child support, custody, visitation and property rights in court.

Heidi represents clients in the full spectrum of family law needs, starting with prenuptial agreements prior to the marriage and postnuptial and separation agreements, extending into the myriad of issues surrounding a divorce, including alimony and spousal support, child custody and child support, parental alienation, and custody and visitation schedules and rights. She also assists with post-divorce modifications, such as alimony and child support and post-judgment enforcement and contempt issues, when circumstances warrant. Additionally, she serves as an advocate for clients when they confront issues related to domestic violence, including assaults, and spousal abuse and helps handle matters with child protective services.

In connection with marital property divisions and support in divorce matters, she works closely with skilled forensic accountants, actuaries and appraisers. She assists in the determination of enhanced earnings and analyses involving 401(k) accounts, IRAs, deferred compensation, retirement and pension plans, stock units, stock options, restricted stock, stock rights, investment accounts (QDROs), hedge funds, license valuations (in New York), residential/commercial real property appraisals, royalties and the division of separate and marital property and its appreciation. Her work in this area is extensive and involves forensic asset identification, including investigations and discovery aimed at family business owners and the valuation and division of assets and values of business ownership and professional practices in divorce.

She is skilled with the effects of bankruptcy on divorce regarding the dischargeability of support and assets, as well as tax consequences affecting support and the distribution of assets and property during a divorce. She advises on UGMA/UTMA accounts, 529 plans and custodial accounts that may be utilized for college and post-majority support for children.

Heidi also handles matters involving grandparents' rights, civil unions, same sex marriages, domestic partnerships, parenting plans, frequently utilizing parent coordinators, and psychological expert evaluators to address high conflict parenting cases. She also advises clients with issues involving medical, life, and health-care plans, social security benefits and the sensitive issues of dating during a divorce.

Prior to joining Jones Morrison, Heidi was a Partner in a National Law

Firm and was Partner of a Regional Law Firm, and Principal to a New York City-, Westchester County- and Connecticut-based family and matrimonial practice. Heidi served as a Co-Chair and Member of the Women's Initiative at the National and Regional Law Firm. Heidi's prior experience also includes serving as Guardian Ad Litem and Special Attorney in the Supreme Court of Westchester County. Additionally, she was a legislative liaison for Governor William O'Neil in the State of Connecticut and Office of Policy and Management, a legislative intern for United States Congressman William R. Cotter and a legal intern for the Honorable Chief Justice J. Chesoni and Magistrate Effy O'Wor of the Supreme Court of Nairobi, Kenya.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
  2. Child Custody: 20%
  3. Child Support: 20%
  4. Alimony: 20%
  5. Divorce & Separation: 20%

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Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Jones Morrison, LLP

One Landmark Square
21st Floor
Stamford, CT, 06901

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 198603/13/2015
CTActive198508/14/2015
DCInactive 198605/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono Honor RollConnecticut Bar Association2007
Pro Bono Honor RollConnecticut Bar Association2006
Pro Bono Honor RollConnecticut Bar Association2005
Pro Bono Honor RollConnecticut Bar Association2004
Trial Skills ParticipantNew York State Trial Lawyers Association2000
Eastern District AdmissionUnited States District Court New York1986
Southern District AdmissionUnited States District Court New York1986

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerJones Morrison, LLP2015 - Present
Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District Special MasterConnecticut Superior Court2014 - Present
Women's Initiative Steering Committee Co-ChairMcCarter & English, LLP2013 - 2015
PartnerMcCarter & English2012 - 2015
Certified Guardian Ad LitemConnecticut Superior Court2012 - Present
PartnerFox Rothschild, LLP2009 - 2012

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
BNI Edge StamfordFormer Member2012 - 2014
Gotham City Networking FairfieldFormer Member2010 - 2012
New York State Bar AssociationCommittee Children and the Law2009 - 2013
New York State Bar AssociationChild Custody Committee2009 - Present
Fairfield County Bar AssociationCommittee Co-Chair Alternative Dispute Resolution2009 - Present
Fairfield County Bar AssociationCommittee Co-Chair, Women in Law Committee2006 - Present
Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield CountyMember2003 - 2008
Fairfield County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York City Bar AssociationMemberN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
Connecticut Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Bicknell v. Bicknell, 631 N.Y.S.2d 78 (2d Dept. 1995)N/A
Faranda v. DolanN/A

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Thomson ReutersSplitsville? How to Divide Property in a Divorce2013
Thomson ReutersBreaking Up is Hard to Do, Breaking a Prenupt is Harder2012
Quoted, Connecticut Law TribuneA Question of Protection, Family Law Attorneys Seek Better Court Results From Orders2009
Quoted, HG Org Worldwide Legal DirectoriesComplex Divorce Cases During Difficult Economic Times2009
Quoted, Connecticut Law TribuneThreatening Video Leads to Restraining Order2009

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
St Lawrence UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Co-Chair Women in Law CommitteeHost Speaker Luncheon with Judges Stamford/Norwalk CT Superior Court2015
Fairfield County Bar AssociationEvolving Approaches to Addressing Domestic Violence in Connecticut2010
National Business InstituteEffectively Using Experts in Family Law2008
Luncheon with the Chief Administrative Judge of Family Matters for the State of Connecticut, Lynda B. MunroHost Speaker, Family matters2008
Fairfield County Bar AssociationWomen in the Judiciary: An Insider Look2006
National Business InstituteGetting the Best Financial Settlement for Your Divorce in Connecticut2005