Visitation

Visitation

Visitation refers to the rights of a parent to spend time with his or her child after a divorce or in cases where the parents were never unmarried. In cases where parents can agree on visitation, "reasonable visitation" can be arranged on a more flexible basis. In cases where parents cannot easily communicate, a visitation schedule may be necessary. Read More
Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested Divorce

In an uncontested divorce, the spouses have reached an agreement concerning all of the surrounding issues, such as child custody, property division, and more and have had their agreement (called a Separation Agreement) written up and signed so that it can be submitted to the court. Uncontested divorces are less adversarial, less time-consuming, and less expensive. Read More
Property Division

Property Division

To finalize your divorce, you will need to reach agreed-upon terms regarding how your marital property, assets, and debts will be divided and distributed. This may be a simple or complex matter where business assets, high net worth, complicated financial histories, extensive real estate, or other investments are involved. Read More
Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a contract between couples who are about to be married which delineates how marital property, assets, and debts are to be distributed should the marriage end in divorce, death, or a separation. This type of agreement can be as simple or extensive as necessary, depending on the complications involved, such as in the cases of blended families, complicated business assets, or second or third marriages. Read More
Paternity

Paternity

Paternity is a legal issue in the case of a child born to unmarried parents. An unmarried mother may need child support from the child's father. An unmarried father may wish to prove or disprove his parenthood to either avoid unfair child support obligations or to exercise his legal rights to custody and visitation. Read More
Modifications

Modifications

When the circumstances in your life substantially change following a divorce or paternity case, you may need to seek a modification of an existing court order in regards to child custody, visitation, child support, or alimony. Those who wish to seek such modifications or those who wish to oppose them will need legal guidance. Read More
Mediation

Mediation

Mediation is an alternate dispute resolution process in which couples work together to reach an agreement on the terms of their divorce with the help of a neutral third party. A mediator's goal is to encourage cooperation, creative problem-solving, and to focus on the issues at hand using constructive communication. Read More
Guardianship of Minors

Guardianship of Minors

Where parents are not able to take responsibility and care of a child, a guardianship may be needed. Guardians are legally responsible for the support, welfare, health, and education of a minor under the age of 18 and may be appointed through a parent or through the courts. Temporary agents may also be appointed to care for a child for up to 60 days. Read More
Contested Divorce

Contested Divorce

In a contested divorce, the spouses have been unable to come to an agreement between themselves about one or more of their divorce-related issues, such as the division of marital property and debts, custody and visitation of children, or alimony. A contested divorce often leads to divorce litigation, in which the courts will decide these issues. Read More
Contempt

Contempt

When an individual fails to comply with a court order, such as for child support, alimony, or in connection with pending divorce financial matters, or in connection with existing child custody or visitation agreements , he or she may be held in contempt of court. A contempt order from the court may result in legal penalties, such as jail time, orders to pay arrears or other financial consequences, or to comply with custody or visitation terms. Read More
Child Support

Child Support

In the state of Massachusetts, parents are responsible for the financial support of their minor children whether married, divorced, separated, or where they have never been married. Generally, the noncustodial parent is required to pay this support to the custodial parent to help cover the child's living expenses. Read More
Child Custody

Child Custody

Child custody is often one of the most difficult and contentious issues in a divorce, resulting in highly emotionally-charged disputes. Understanding the various types of custody and working with an attorney who will help you negotiate a resolution or aggressively represent you in court may be a crucial part of your divorce or post-divorce process. Read More
Alimony

Alimony

In Massachusetts, either spouse may seek alimony from the other without regard to gender. Alimony cases are generally decided on a case-by-case basis through the courts, who now have guidelines from new laws which have been enacted. Alimony may be awarded in cases where one spouse's earning capacity is significantly lower than the other's. Courts will consider many factors in determining this issue. Read More
Divorce

Divorce

Divorce and family law issues can be complicated and difficult for individuals and their families, involving intense emotions, financial stress, and many tough decisions. Having the support and guidance of an attorney who is thoroughly knowledgeable and versed in the legal factors that can impact your life and the lives of your children can be of supreme importance. Read More