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Heidi E. Opinsky

Divorce and separation Attorney at Stamford, CT

4.8   13 reviews

Licensed for 36 years

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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.
Licensed for 36 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1986
Updated 06/08/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1986
Updated 06/28/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 09/29/2022

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Law Offices of Heidi E. Opinsky, LLC
The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY, 10174
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Ms. Opinsky is the best in her field
Ms. Opinsky was the best choice once I realized I needed to get divorced. I had a complicated case with custody battles, finances, and problematic family members. With the help of Ms. Opinsky, I was able to protect myself in ways I didn't know were possible. I can't thank her enough for her work.
Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, top lawyer
Heidi is a great attorney. She works endlessly for her clients. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer to handle my case. Her knowledge of both CT and NY family law sets her apart from others.
Posted by anonymous | December 25, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Custody battle
I came to Heidi a few months into my post-divorce life. I had been battling with my controlling and difficult spouse on our custody agreement. Heidi worked tirelessly to protect my children and myself. I would recommend Heidi’s services to any friend or family as she handled my case with such ease. She made me feel comfortable and safe during tough times.
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Posted by anonymous | December 25, 2019
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Fabulous super lawyer
Heidi was the best decision I made in my divorce. She helped me every step of the way and knew the right calls.
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2019
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Samuel L.
I met with and hired Ms. Opinsky for really diligent and detail-oriented legal services for my divorce. It was a highly contentious divorce concerning custody and visitation issues, as well as high net worth asset distribution and support. Ms Opinsky was always prepared and excellent in court. I was very satisfied with the result and would recommend her highly.
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Posted by Maura | February 14, 2017
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Clearly superb
I heard of Ms. Opinsky years ago from a friend who had gone through a painful divorce from her husband of 15 years. When I knew I was in need of a lawyer myself for mediation, I couldn't have been more pleased with my friend's review. After now being recently divorced, my friend and I couldn't agree more that Ms. Opinsky is highly sensible and most importantly, reasonable with her fees. She was more than I ever could have asked for in a lawyer.
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Posted by Madelaine | July 18, 2016
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Excellent Results!
My experience working with Heidi Opinsky will be remembered for the 'excellent results' she achieved in ultimately settling my divorce proceeding to be both financially favorable and relatively quick for me and my children. I was made to be strong and confident each step in the legal process and recommend Heidi Opinsky without reservation.
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Posted by Sarah | June 24, 2016
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Excellent Matrimonial Attorney
I retained Ms. Opinsky to represent me in my divorce in 2015. Though I had never imagined I would have to file for a divorce with my spouse of 27 years, Heidi made every step of the way more bearable. She was compassionate, knowledgable, and supportive throughout my entire case. She is very proactive and always prepared. Even when I came in to her office crying, she knew exactly what to do to make sure I was comfortable. Heidi was also excellent on her feet in court and was always able to answer any questions I had. She made me feel confident that I was in the right hands. I would most definitely recommend Ms. Opinsky to any individual going through a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2015
Excellent lawyer
My divorce was very complicated because of my wife's complex business structure. Heidi was able to unravel the true economic position of my spouse by developing a pinpoint discovery list which enabled her to locate hidden assets and to detect valuable intellectual property of significant value . She was a strong advocate for my cause.She was professional in court and an effective cross examiner. She was a pleasure to work with and as a result Ireceived a very successful result from the court . I recommend her highly
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Posted by Tommy Starr | March 20, 2014
Knowledgeable, Experienced, Prepared, and Compassionate
I retained Ms. Opinsky, a Partner at McCarter and English, and felt very comfortable and secure with how she presented herself and how she handled my case from the start. Ms. Opinsky successfully handled complex financial matters in my case, as well as custody and visitation issues. She is knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in the courtroom and was always well-prepared, professional and compassionate. The papers she submitted to the court were excellent. I found that I won legal battles with her assistance, that other prior attorneys did not address properly. She and her firm were always very responsive and available. I was recommended to Ms. Opinsky by other attorneys. I would recommend her highly to anyone encountering marital difficulties requiring legal assistance.
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Posted by Sandy | February 21, 2014
Understanding and excellent attorney
Heidi was a strong advocate for me and my family when I was going through a very emotional time. She was exceptional and handled my finances particularly well. She was able to work with my needs in a very cost-effective way and was great!
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2013
Excellent and understanding
Heidi did an excellent job on my divorce. She was highly prepared at our court case and the proceeding went favorable. I highly recommend her services.
Posted by Mike | August 22, 2013
Prepared and Well Organized
I referred Heidi to someone in my marketing group - my friend had nothing but good things to say about her performance, knowledge and capabilities as a litigator. She demonstrated a high level of experience in Family Law and was very responsive when called upon. I highly recommend her.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • The Law Offices Of Heidi E. Opinsky, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District Special Master
  • Connecticut Superior Court
  • 2014 - Present
  • Certified Guardian Ad Litem
  • Connecticut Superior Court
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Jones Morrison, LLP
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Women's Initiative Steering Committee Co-Chair
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Partner
  • McCarter & English
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Fox Rothschild, LLP
  • 2009 - 2012
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Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • St Lawrence University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Faranda v. Dolan
  • Bicknell v. Bicknell, 631 N.Y.S.2d 78 (2d Dept. 1995)

Associations

  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Committee Co-Chair Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 2009 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Child Custody Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Committee Co-Chair, Women in Law Committee
  • 2006 - Present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • BNI Edge Stamford
  • Former Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Gotham City Networking Fairfield
  • Former Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Committee Children and the Law
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield County
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2006
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Trial Skills Participant
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2000
  • Eastern District Admission
  • United States District Court New York
  • 1986
  • Southern District Admission
  • United States District Court New York
  • 1986
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Publications

  • Thomson Reuters
  • Splitsville? How to Divide Property in a Divorce
  • 2013
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Breaking a Prenupt is Harder
  • 2012
  • Quoted, Connecticut Law Tribune
  • A Question of Protection, Family Law Attorneys Seek Better Court Results From Orders
  • 2009
  • Quoted, HG Org Worldwide Legal Directories
  • Complex Divorce Cases During Difficult Economic Times
  • 2009
  • Quoted, Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Threatening Video Leads to Restraining Order
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Chair Women in Law Committee
  • Host Speaker Luncheon with Judges Stamford/Norwalk CT Superior Court
  • 2015
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Evolving Approaches to Addressing Domestic Violence in Connecticut
  • 2010
  • National Business Institute
  • Effectively Using Experts in Family Law
  • 2008
  • Luncheon with the Chief Administrative Judge of Family Matters for the State of Connecticut, Lynda B. Munro
  • Host Speaker, Family matters
  • 2008
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Women in the Judiciary: An Insider Look
  • 2006
  • National Business Institute
  • Getting the Best Financial Settlement for Your Divorce in Connecticut
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Alimony Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Heidi. If you have a client that needs a matrimonial lawyer, she should be the one you recommend."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Stamford Divorce and separation Lawyer Heidi E. Opinsky
Heidi E. Opinsky
Divorce and separation Attorney
Stamford, CT
Licensed for 36 years