Arnold H. Rutkin

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Westport, CT

Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC
 | 5 Imperial Avenue, PO Box 295
Westport, CT 06881
Phone: 203-227-7301
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1966
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Attorney Arnold Rutkin has helped shaped the practice of family law in Connecticut and throughout the United States. He began practicing in 1965 and since that time has emerged as a leader in his practice area. In 1982, Mr. Rutkin founded his own family law firm with the goal of assisting high-income families through complex legal issues. The firm became Rutkin & Oldham, L.L.C., in 1982 when Sarah S. Oldham joined as a partner. Mr. Rutkin is a former editor-in-chief of the Family Advocate and a recognized author on the subjects of divorce, domestic relations and other family law topics. He has been recognized by various national publications, including recognition as one of the 10 best family law attorneys by Worth magazine in 2002. Mr. Rutkin has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America numerous times by his fellow attorneys. He is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating offered by this peer review rating system. He is co-author of the West Publication "Connecticut Family Law and Practice, a three volume set often quoted lawyers, judges, the Appellate and Supreme Courts. 

Practice Areas
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Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law


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About Arnold Rutkin

Admitted: 1966, Connecticut

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Honors and Awards:

  • Named as one of the ten best family attorneys by Worth magazine, 2002
  • Named by a National Law Journal survey as one of the best matrimonial lawyers in the United States., 1987
  • Chosen by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by his peers as one of the Top 50 lawyers in Connecticut in a Connecticut Magazine.
  • Selected as one of the "Ten Leaders in Matrimonial & Divorce Law" in Connecticut.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Connecticut Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow, 1984—; Secretary, 2008—; Chapter Delegate to Board of Governors, 2003—; Member, Amicus Curiae Committee, 2000—)President 2010-2011
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation (President 2013-2015, Chair, Fund Raising Committee, 2007-2014; Assistant Treasurer, 2008—; Board of Managers, 2006—)
  • Founder, Member of Board of Editors and Editor-in-Chief (1999) Connecticut Family Lawyer.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Cold Spring School, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Majority Leader and Councilman, Town of Trumbull, Connecticut, 1973-1975
  • Chairman, Greater Bridgeport Housing Council, 1970-1973
  • Member and Director, Bridgeport Legal Services, Inc., 1969-1971
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow, 1994—)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow, 1984—; Chair, Sales and Marketing Committee) 2006-2008
  • Member, Board of Governors, 1979-1984
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Secretary-Treasurer and Second Vice President, 1970-1972
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, 1973-1999; Vice-Chairman, 1981-1984 and Chairman, 1985-1987, Family Law Section)
  • American (Member, 1984—; Chairman, 1985-1987; Taxation Committee, 1982; Continuing Legal Education Committee; Member, 1984-1995 and Editor-in-Chief, 1987-1997, The Family Advocate; Chairperson, Bylaw Committee Revision, 1984-1985; Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Secretary-Treasurer and Second Vice President, 1970-1972; Member, Board of Governors, 1979-1984)
  • Connecticut (Member, Executive Committee, Family Law Section, 1978—; Secretary-Treasurer, 1981-1982; Vice-Chairman, 1983; Chairman, 1985-1986)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Founding and Life Member)
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • United States Supreme Court bar
  • Special master for family matters in the Connecticut court system

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Lecturer, "Prenuptial Agreements in Connecticut In Light Of Civil Unions," 2006
  • Lecturer, "Complex Issues in Family Law - How to Handle Tricky Issues and Sticky Situations," 2005
  • Lecturer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: "Premarital and Postmarital Agreements in Connecticut", 2004
  • Lecturer, "The Art of Advocacy", 2005
  • Lecturer,  "The Bulletproof Financial Affidavit", 2003
  • Lecturer, Connecticut Bar Association: "Child Support in High Income Cases - Relocation and Arbitration", 2001
  • Connecticut Practice Series, Co-Author: Family Law and Practice (3 vols.) West Publishing Co., 2000-2005.
  • General Editor, Family Law and Practice, Matthew Bender Publishing Co., 1985
  • Co-Author: "Lay Witnesses Can Value Assets," Trial Magazine, Vol. 22, No. 6, p. 33, June, 1986.
  • Author: "Valuation of Closely Held Corporations" Valuation & Distribution of Marital Property, Matthew Bender Publishing Co., 1984.
  • Author: "When Prenuptial Contracts are Challenged in Court," The Family Advocate, Winter, 1984
  • Author: "Tax Aspects in Domestic Relations Cases," Trial Magazine, June, 1980
  • Executive Editor, Connecticut Family Lawyer, 1986-2001
  • Founder and executive editor of Connecticut Family Lawyer, the official newsletter of the family law section of the Connecticut Bar Association
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Family Advocate, the flagship national publication on family law for the American Bar Association (ABA)

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Grier v. Grier, 24 Conn. App. 801 (1991)
  • Guss v. Guss, 1 Conn. App. 356, 472 A.2d 790 (1984)
  • Knock v. Knock, 224 Conn. 776 (1993)
  • Fiddelman v. Redmon, 31 Conn. App. 201 (1993)
  • Burns v. Burns, 41 Conn. App. 716 (1996)
  • Wendt v. Wendt, 59 Conn. App. 656 (2000), cert. denied 255 Conn. 918 (2000)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • As a member of the executive committee of the Connecticut Bar Association, Attorney Rutkin testified at a state public hearing on House Bill 5536: An Act Concerning the Relocation of Parents Having Custody of Minor Children. This bill requires that, in child custody proceedings in which there is a motion by either parent regarding relocation with the child, the relocating parent has the burden of proving that the relocation is in the best interests of the child. This statute passed both chambers of the state General Assembly and was signed into law by the Governor in 2006.
  • Through the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Attorney Rutkin introduced a divorce arbitration statute to authorize binding arbitration in actions for dissolution of marriage that do not involve child custody or support issues, and testified before the Connecticut legislature. The statute was subsequently signed into law and took effect on Oct 1, 2005.
  • Litigation of Wendt v. Wendt which made national headlines and set legal precedents regarding the way that courts review financial arrangements in marriage – especially when there are significant assets involved.

Educational Background:

  • Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Economics, 1961
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5 Imperial Avenue
PO Box 295
Westport, CT 06881

Phone: 203-227-7301


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