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Meghan M. (Sweeney) Burns

Partner   |   Family Law

Meghan M. (Sweeney) Burns

Meghan M. (Sweeney) Burns practices exclusively in the area of family law, representing clients across Connecticut in litigated, collaborative, and mediation processes. She assists clients in navigating the sensitive and complex aspects of divorce, custody, and visitation petitions and works in the courtroom and conference room to resolve parenting disputes and financial issues associated with alimony, child support, property division, and premarital agreements.

Meghan believes that to effectively serve clients, it is critical to help clients establish clear, sensible goals from the beginning and to create a strategy that supports and moves clients towards those goals. Meghan assembles a team for each matter based upon those determined goals and strategy. Clear, consistent communication and accessibility allow clients to become integral team members and partners in their processes.

Meghan has experience handling complex financial and custody matters. Meghan routinely works with mental health professionals and substance abuse experts to address and manage issues related to mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and parenting arrangements. She analyzes complicated compensation structures of self-employed business owners and high-income earners, including retirement and executive compensation awards and financial support awards related thereto. She identifies and examines the transfer of assets pursuant to a marital dissolution and coordinates the valuation of marital assets, including family businesses, trusts, and foreign real estate through accountants, appraisers, and other area-specific attorneys.

Meghan’s practice includes collaborative divorce and divorce mediation, which allows her to offer individuals a private, non-adversarial alternative for resolving divorce and other family law matters.

Areas of Practice

Divorce Litigation

Collaborative Divorce

Mediation – Mediator or Consulting Counsel

Custody and Parental Access Litigation

Property and Asset Distribution

Alimony and Child Support

College and Post-Majority Educational Support

Post Judgment Custody, Child Support and Alimony Modifications

Post Judgment Enforcement of Property Distributions and Support Orders

Bar Admissions

Connecticut, 2011

Maryland, 2010

Education

University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2010

University of Virginia, with distinction, B.A., 2007

Honors and Awards

New England Super Lawyers Rising Star® – Connecticut: 2017 – 2020

2017 New Leader in the Law – Connecticut Law Tribune

2017 Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award – Hartford County Bar Association

Professional Associations

Connecticut Bar Foundation – James W. Cooper Fellow (2021 to present) and History of Connecticut Women in the Legal Profession committee member (2021 to present)

Hartford County Bar Association – board member (2020 to present) and Bench-Bar Section Co-Chair (2015 to present)

Connecticut Bar Association, Member

Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association, Member

Community Involvement

Aurora Women and Girls Foundation – chair of the Board of Directors (2022) and Board member (2018 to present)

University of Virginia (UVA) Club of Hartford – immediate past president and board member

Publications

“Administrative Divorce Trends and Implications,” American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Fall 2016, by Hon. Lynda B. Munro (Ret.), Johanna S. Katz, & Meghan M. Sweeney

“‘We’d Love to Match Them, But…’: How Temporary Employment Agencies Understand and Use Race and Ethnicity,” 11 Conn. Pub. Int. L.J. 51 (2011) (Article)