We represent individuals in all aspects of divorce, custody, parenting plans, child support, alimony, property division, paternity and domestic violence. We also represent our clients in post divorce issues such as modification and contempt actions.
Divorce can be a very emotional time, we will help you navigate the Divorce process and protect your rights as we guide you through the process. Choosing the right attorney to help you is one of the most important decisions you can make.
New alimony laws have just been enacted in Massachusetts. The length of general term alimony depends on factors that include the length of the marriage, and it will almost always end when the party paying alimony retires. The court, however, can adjust or alter the criteria for alimony as it deems appropriate. We thoroughly understand these new laws and will review the particular circumstances of your situation to get you the best results.
Massachusetts law does not allow a minor child to decide which parent he or she will live. In a child custody dispute, Massachusetts law gives the judge the discretion to consider which parent the minor child prefers to live with. When deciding custody, the judge will consider a wide range of factors regarding the minor child’s welfare; not just his or her preference. As the child gets older a judge is likely to attach a great deal of weight to an adolescent’s expression of preference, while an eight-year-olds preference may not be as compelling. The probate and family court determines which parent should be awarded custody of a minor child based upon that child’s “best interests” and which parent will best promote the child’s best interests. However, there is no specific definition of the “best interests” standard. It is up to the court to determine what constitutes a child’s “best interests” on a case by case basis and the law grants the court a significant level of discretion in deciding what factors to consider as part of the child’s best interests.