Needle | Cuda: Divorce and Family Law in Westport, Connecticut provides sophisticated advice and representation for those "working" through a divorce and/or the wide range of associated family law issues. We pride ourselves on offering guidance to move our clients' lives forward.
Needle | Cuda serves the towns and communities of Fairfield County (Connecticut). Our attorneys possess decades of experience, and have built their reputations around providing savvy solutions in high net worth divorce, contested custody, and cases that require division of complex property/assets and financial holdings.
The Firm's practice areas include:
Child custody and Child support
Visitation and Parenting Plans
Complex business valuation
Needle | Cuda has earned a wide range of awards and honors, including top peer review ratings from Martindale-Hubbell*, top client ratings on Avvo and the 10 Best Family Law Attorney award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.
Our success is the direct result of an unwavering commitment and dedication to serving our clients. We understand that "divorce" is not about providing stop-gap fixes, but rather delivering comprehensive solutions to anchor and sustain your path forward.
Attorney Melissa Needle is a lifetime Connecticut resident. She was born in New Haven, raised in Fairfield, and now resides in Westport with her family. Attorney Needle is a third-generation attorney with deep family roots in Connecticut. Her father, Attorney Charles Needle, was a founder of the Connecticut firm Zeldes, Needle & Cooper in 1971. Since her admission to the Connecticut Bar in 1990, Melissa has exclusively practiced divorce and family law. Melissa started Needle | Cuda: Divorce and Family Law in 2010. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named Needle | Cuda a Connecticut Top 10 Best Firm in Client Satisfaction in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Alexander J. Cuda is a highly respected family and matrimonial law attorney. With numerous published articles and speaking engagements, Alex’s leadership in family law is well-known. He has been named one of the “Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Southern Connecticut” by such organizations as the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (2017). The Connecticut Law Tribune recognized him as a “New Leader in the Law,” in 2014. Attorney Cuda was recognized and rated as a SuperLawyers Honoree in both 2019 and 2020 was a SuperLawyers “Rising Star” from 2012 to 2018. The Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section also recognized him as a “Rising Star” in 2010 and 2011. He was honored to receive the Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2009) and has a 10 star “superb” featured attorney rating on Avvo. Alex is an experienced negotiator and advocate whether in litigation, mediation, or arbitration. He also provides skilled representation in family and matrimonial appeals. Alex is known for his forceful advocacy, responsiveness, and clear communication as well as his compassionate understanding of each client’s unique needs. He handles both custody and complex financial matters. Alex lives with his family in Fairfield County. Alex been extremely active with community service organizations focused on the prevention of Domestic Violence, Spousal Abuse, and Child Abuse. In October of 2020, Alex received the Purple Ribbon Award from the Greenwich YWCA’s Center for Domestic Abuse Services for his outstanding commitment to the victims of domestic violence.
Attorney Charles Needle has been a practicing lawyer since 1963. In 2018, he joined Needle Cuda as “Of Counsel”. Attorney Needle was a founder of the distinguished Connecticut Law firm of Zeldes, Needle & Cooper and has been a well-known force throughout the State of Connecticut for more than five decades in the areas of Commercial and Real Estate Law.
Since his acceptance to the bar, Mark has practiced exclusively in the area of matrimonial and family law, including complex divorce actions involving significant assets and child custody issues, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and he has represented clients in Connecticut and New York trial courts, as well as the Connecticut Appellate Court.