Practice Areas

Divorce

A divorce is a court judgment ending a marriage, that either proceeds as a no fault divorce or a divorce based upon one of a number of available “fault” grounds. For a no fault divorce, based upon an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, the parties can file a Joint Petition, or one party may file [..]

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Child Custody/Paternity

When child custody is an issue, there are two types to consider: legal and physical. Legal custody describes which parent has the right and responsibility to make major decisions regarding the child’s welfare and upbringing. Physical custody concerns where and with which parent a child primarily resides, and is typically awarded subject to a parenting [..]

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Visitation/Parenting Plans

When one parent has physical custody, the other parent has parenting time with the child(ren). This office disfavors the word “visitation,” as it is our belief parents have time with their children, not visits. Our team is especially skilled in crafting comprehensive and accommodating schedules for parents, taking into consideration all the factors important to [..]

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Child Support/DOR

Massachusetts courts use the Child Support Guidelines, as amended from time to time, to establish an equitable child support payment from one party to another. However, in order for a court to utilize the Guidelines, it is important for each party to accurately and completely represent all income, assets debts and liabilities. Further, a court [..]

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Modification/Contempt

Once a judgment enters in a Probate & Family Court matter, oftentimes a change in circumstances – such as loss or change in employment or the needs a of a maturing child -necessitates that parents return to court to modify the judgment. So too, after a judgment issues a party who deliberately or willfully fails [..]

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Guardianship

In the case of parental impairment, absence or inability to take care of a child, an adult friend or family member may petition the court to assume guardianship over the child. A guardian of a minor (under 18 years old) has the powers and responsibilities similar to those of a parent concerning the child’s wellbeing, [..]

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DCF/Child Abuse/Adoption

Allegations of child abuse or neglect are taken seriously by the Commonwealth, and if you have been accused of causing abuse or neglect, and are named in an abuse/neglect report (a G.L. c. 119 “§51A Report”) you are part of an adversarial proceeding. In Massachusetts the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is mandated to [..]

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Restraining Orders and Harassment Orders

Safety is a priority in any and all court cases. No one should ever feel unsafe or threatened, especially by a family member, spouse, friend, co-worker, or acquaintance. Under Massachusetts General Laws, chapters 209A and 258E, protection is afforded against behavior that is abusive and harassing. We can provide advice and guidance to victims of [..]

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