Arnold H. Rutkin

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Westport, CT

Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC
 | 5 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880
Phone: 800-591-6471
Fax: 203-222-9295
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
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
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

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


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

    American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersInternational Academy of Family Lawyers

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    About Arnold Rutkin

    Admitted: 1966, Connecticut

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    • Selected as one of the "Ten Leaders in Matrimonial & Divorce Law" in Connecticut, 2006 - Present
    • Chosen by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 1995 - Present
    • Recognized by his peers as one of the Top 50 lawyers in Connecticut in a Connecticut Magazine.
    • Selected to "New York Area's Best Lawyers" by New York Magazine, 2008 - Present
    • Named as one of the "Top 10 Lawyers in the United States" Worth magazine, 2002 - 2003, 2002
    • Martindale-Hubbell rated AV Preeminant "Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards", 2012 - Present AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for 35 years
    • Presented with pin at Connecticut Bar Association's Annual Luncheon to recognize 50-Year Attorneys, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellow and Sustaining Life Fellow, 2013 - Present
    • Special Master for family matters, Stamford Superior Court, 1990 - Present, Special Master for family matters, Regional Family Trial Docket, 1995 - Present  
    • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994 - Present 
    • Founder and Member of Board of Editors, Connecticut Family Lawyer, Editor-in-Chief (1999)
    • Certificate of Completion, Comprehensive Guardian ad Litem/Attorney for Minor Child Training Program, 2012
    • Fellow and Life Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1984 - Present; Member, Alimony Committee, 2013 - Present (Chair, 2013 - 2014)  
    • Fellow, Connecticut Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1984 - Present; Chapter Delegate to Board of Governors, 2003 - Present; Member Executive Committee, 2009 - 2012; Member Alimony Committee, 2011 - 2014  
    • Lifetime and Founding Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, 1990 - Present; Board of Directors, 2006 - Present
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Fairfield County Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Center for Children's Advocacy Board of Directors, 2016 - Present
    • Stamford Symphony Board of Directors, 2015 - Present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Editor-in-Chief of the Family Advocate, the flagship national publication on family law for the American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Founder and executive editor of Connecticut Family Lawyer, the official newsletter of the family law section of the Connecticut Bar Association
    • Co-Author, Connecticut Practice Series: Family Law and Practice (3 vols.) West Publishing Co.
    • Lecturer, Connecticut Bar Association: "Child Support in High Income Cases - Relocation and Arbitration", 2001
    • Executive Editor, Connecticut Family Lawyer, 1986-2001
    • Lecturer,  "The Bulletproof Financial Affidavit", 2003
    • Lecturer, "The Art of Advocacy", 2005
    • Lecturer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: "Premarital and Postmarital Agreements in Connecticut", 2004
    • Lecturer, "Complex Issues in Family Law - How to Handle Tricky Issues and Sticky Situations," 2005
    • Lecturer, "Prenuptial Agreements in Connecticut In Light Of Civil Unions," 2006
    • Speaker, "A Survey of New England Family Cases Involving Business Valuations", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New England Conference, 2013
    • Speaker, "Have Prenuptial Agreements Become Instruments of Oppression?", International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, USA & Canadian Chapter Meeting, 2015
    • Author, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", Connecticut Law Tribune, 2013
    • Author, "The Myth of Alimony Reform", Connecticut Law Tribune, 2012
    • Co-Author, "Connecticut Supreme Court Restricts Alimony, Limits Discretion", 2015
    • Speaker, "Representing Children in Connecticut Family Court: Examining the Roles and Anticipating the Problems", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Connecticut Chapter, 2010
    • Speaker, "Limited Scope Representation" Symposium, Connecticut Bar Foundation, 2011
    • Speaker, "The Worst Family Law Decisions", Fairfield County Bar Association, Family Law Section Seminar, 2011
    • Speaker, "Use of a Mental Health Expert at Trial", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Connecticut Chapter, Advanced Custody Seminar, 2012
    • Speaker, "The Alimony "Reform" Battle in Connecticut", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting CLE, Chicago, 2013


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

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Educational Background:

    • Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Economics, 1961
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    Westport, CT 06880

    Phone: 800-591-6471

    Fax: 203-222-9295

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