Custody Consulting Alternative


We are proud to offer comprehensive divorce consulting services for clients that are particularly cost-conscious. Through this offering, we advise clients on the best strategy to:

  • help them draft the appropriate legal pleadings (i.e., ghostwrite)
  • assist with filings
  • mark motions “ready”
  • complete Financial Affidavits and Child Support Guideline calculations
  • assist in preparing for in-court testimony
  • as well as other tips to make self-representation more effective and less stressful.

This limited-scope representation saves clients a significant amount in legal fees but it, of course, comes with more risk, which is discussed during the initial consultation.

Initial consultation

Initial consultations are $250 for up to one hour. We have found that the initial consultation meeting is one of the most informative sessions a client will have during the attorney/client relationship. Please come prepared by reading through the materials we send ahead of your meeting and by writing down questions that you may have.

After the initial consultation

The less the firm does, the more money is saved; however, the more the firm does the more effective the representation.  Finding the right balance is fully discussed and is tailored to the particular needs of each client.  This is achieved through open dialogue. Additional areas (to include representation at trial) can be added as the case progresses or as needed.  Generally, the most expensive services include full assistance with the preparation of Financial Affidavits by our paralegals and in-court representation by firm attorneys.

The most common services include, but are not limited to:

  • Ghostwriting of pleadings and motions
  • Coaching and consultation for hearings and conferences
  • Full preparation of Financial Affidavit or Limited preparation and review of Financial Affidavit(s)
  • Marking motions ready to include notice to opposing counsel/party
  • Reclaiming motions with notice In-court representation for Pendente Lite (Pretrial) hearings
  • Advocacy and representation at Special Masters pretrial hearings
  • Advocacy and representation at Judicial pretrial hearings
  • Advocacy and representation at Mediation or Arbitration
  • Advocacy and representation at Trial Advocacy and representation at post-trial hearings (not including any appeal)


The client shall file a “Self-representation” appearance form (we will assist in preparation and filing). The firm will file a “limited scope” appearance form, which may be amended from time to time by agreement.

Fees and hourly rates

Regardless of the type of representation, we charge for our time and a client’s legal fees are directly related to the amount of time invested by the firm on behalf of a client.  By agreeing to a consultation and limited scope engagement, the fees are limited by the amount of time the firm invests in the file.  This will be an ongoing dialogue in the course of the consultation, but typically clients pay about 30-50% less than they would if they retained the firm for full representation.  Importantly, the client is able to control costs throughout the representation and simply request more or less assistance as the matter warrants and depending on the client’s level of comfort.

Is a Consulting Engagement Right for You?

A consulting/limited scope engagement saves money, but it is not right or appropriate for all clients or cases. Some cases are simply too complicated either financially or emotionally. Many clients, regardless of how complicated their case is, value having an attorney with specialized training and experience in family law to fully represent them throughout this profoundly difficult process.

We Can Help

If you are considering divorce, but are nervous about the costs, contact McConnell Family Law Group for an initial consultation.  Our attorneys can discuss with you what type of representation is warranted for your case or for you individually.  You should know that if the other party to your divorce can afford an attorney because they are the “breadwinner” or control the family assets, there are ways to obtain attorneys fees from them whether for full representation or for a consulting/limited engagement. Our offices are located in Fairfield, New Haven, and Hartford counties. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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Client Testimonials

Martina Cravedi
Martina Cravedi
February 11, 2023
Words cannot express how thankful I am for Paul and his amazing team. The office staff were kind and professional and Paul responded to my inquiry almost immediately. He patiently walked me through a lot of information and quickly set a plan in place that was not only something I was comfortable with, but it also made sense for my situation. I am grateful for his knowledge and warmth during this difficult transition. I would highly recommend Paul and his firm! Thank you for everything!
Jessica Sanders
Jessica Sanders
February 9, 2023
I received a reference for Attorney Paul McConnell after dealing with a long drawn out custody case. Paul reached out to me in a timely manner and spoke to me about new strategies to explore, not only was he very knowledgeable but kind and compassionate at the same time. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for representation. As a veteran myself I have high regards for Paul for holding himself to such high standards of professionalism.
Brandy Spears
Brandy Spears
January 18, 2023
I contacted the McConnell firm for a family law matter. My phone call was handled professionally by the office and the attorney. This firm is very knowledgeable and helpful and I highly recommend them for all of your needs.
kristin lynch
kristin lynch
October 14, 2022
Excellent advice. I would recommend McConnell Family Law to anyone.
Duncan Ferguson
Duncan Ferguson
September 9, 2022
Terrific all around, very responsive and listened to my needs. Helped guide me thru this challenging time.
Mark Chesanek
Mark Chesanek
March 8, 2022
Excellent service, clearly addressed my concern and resolved the issue in a cost effective and timely manner. Highly recommend MFLG.
Eric Hedglin
Eric Hedglin
October 1, 2021
The McConnell Family Law Team (Paul, Donna, & Kathy) is one of the most professional, respected, and effective family law firms in the Hartford Area. I regret not hiring them from the onset of my custody my case. If you are looking for the real-deal, these are the people you want in your corner.
January 20, 2021
Paul is an exceptional, calm and thoughtful attorney. Highly recommended.