Barnstable County, Massachusetts Divorce Lawyers

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At the Law Offices of Susannah L. Brown we specialize in Divorce and Family Law. Call us today for a free consultation.We have offices on the South Shore (Pembroke) and Cape Cod (West Dennis) Read More »
David Callahan
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Barnstable County, MA Divorce Attorney with 14 years experience
(508) 372-1200 100 Independence Drive
Hyannis, MA 02601
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
New England Law | Boston
Licensed to Practice Law in Massachusetts, Connecticut and before the U.S. District Court of the Commonwealth.

Attorney David L. Callahan has been practicing law for over ten years. His primary focus is domestic relations including divorce, custody, modification actions, child support, alimony, paternity, guardianship, adoption, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Having been involved in thousands of family law matters across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts he puts that experience to use in every case he handles. Attorney Callahan has litigated matters on behalf of people from every walk of life including fathers seeking to enforce their rights, members of the military, the LGBT...
Lawrence Hale
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Barnstable County, MA Divorce Attorney with 44 years experience
(508) 888-6700 141 Route 6A
Suite 3
Sandwich, MA 02563
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Family and Probate
Northeastern University School of Law
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Tracey Taylor
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Barnstable County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 25 years experience
(508) 362-3010 3206 Main Street
P.O. Box 45
Barnstable, MA 02630
Divorce, Business, Family and Personal Injury
Boston College Law School
I am a general practitioner with extensive experience in civil litigation matters.
Susannah Brown
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Barnstable County, MA Divorce Attorney with 25 years experience
9 Old Main Street
West Dennis, MA 02670
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and Juvenile
Emory University School of Law
At the Law Offices of Susannah L. Brown we specialize in Divorce and Family Law. Call us today for a free consultation.We have offices on the South Shore (Pembroke) and Cape Cod (West Dennis)
Darlene J. Pitt
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Barnstable County, MA Divorce Attorney with 19 years experience
(508) 945-3663 6H Munson Meeting Way
Chatham, MA 02633
Free ConsultationDivorce, Collections, Elder and Juvenile
I am an Attorney who understands the needs of my clients. In my practice areas of estate planning, probate administration, residential real estate, and elder law, I work directly with each individual client to tailor my work to my client's particular legal needs. I am a small office of one, which means that you are always dealing with me directly and will always get timely representation and response from me. I put my clients first.
Lynn Holdsworth
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Barnstable County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(508) 833-1900 110 State Road, Suite 3
P.O. Box 1537
Sagamore Beach, MA 02562
Divorce, Animal, Domestic Violence and Family
Attorney Holdsworth's practice is focused primarily on business law, data security and privacy law, family law, and LGBT family law. She provides Limited Assistance Representation for clients in the Probate and Family Courts and also provides consultation services for legal issues related to education, children and mental health. Attorney Holdsworth is a 1997 graduate of Stetson University College of Law (magna cum laude). Prior to entering law school, she worked in the mental health field, counseling families, couples, groups and individuals. She has worked for community mental health facilities as well as hospitals and has developed two comprehensive community treatment programs...
Barnstable County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 24 years experience
(508) 775-0244 76 W Main St
Barnstable Town, MA 02601
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
David Kiley Wilkinson
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
(508) 316-9720 555 Pleasant Street
Suite 2A
New Bedford, MA 02740
Divorce and Family
California Western School of Law
David K.Wilkinson is a Fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and started his education when he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, one of the highest ranked undergraduate business schools in the United States. He was awarded membership to the National Dean’s List. David received his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law School and graduated in the top one-third of his class. Co-founder of Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, David practices family law for the firm, handling all facets of the practice area, from straightforward negotiation...
Timothy P Horan
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
(508) 992-0630 32R Hillman Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Estate Planning and Family
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Horan is a 2003 graduate from New England School of Law. He is the former Chief Investigator and Prosecutor at the Division of Professional Licensure's Health Care Fraud Unit. He represents clients in the following areas of law since 2004: Family Law - Divorce, Mediation, Separate Support, Child Custody, Child Support, Guardianships, Personal Injury- Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Product Liabilities, Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Employment Law and Real Estate. He is a member of the Bristol County Bar Association, and New Bedford Bar Association. He served on the Old Rochester Regional School...
Mary Sullivan Esq.
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Dukes County, MA Divorce Attorney with 33 years experience
(508) 687-9929 87 Center St.
Box 1873 [mail]
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Immigration and Personal Injury
Western New England University School of Law
General Practice including Litigation and Jury Trials. Real Estate, Divorce, Insurance, Probate, Immigration, Bankruptcy, Alimony Modification, Custody, Restraining Orders,Title Insurance, Wills, Trusts, Estates, Collections.
Robert Setterbo
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 9 years experience
(508) 316-9720 555 Pleasant Street
Suite 2A
New Bedford, MA 02740
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
University of San Diego School of Law
Robert Bradley Setterbo II, Esq.’s practice has focused on Family Law and Domestic Relations cases for approximately 7 years in Boston and New Bedford, MA. serving the counties of Suffolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Essex, Middlesex, Worcester, Norfolk, and Barnstable. He has successfully handled Divorces, Child Custody, Visitation, Division of Assets and Debt, Spousal Support (alimony), Child Support, Relocations, Grandparent Visitation, Restraining Orders, and many other issues. Robert has personally handled dozens of cases from intake, through law and motion, hearings and requests for temporary orders, short trials and long trials, post-judgment modification motions and requests for relief. He has the...
Daniel James Larkosh
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Dukes County, MA Divorce Attorney with 27 years experience
(508) 939-9500 20 Meshacket Road
PO Box 9000; PMB #193
Edgartown, MA 02539
Divorce, Appeals, Business and Family
Suffolk Univ Law School
Dan Larkosh's Summary Litigator and Trial Attorney since 1991. Successful Appellate Lawyer. Major metropolitan law firm experience. Mr. Larkosh has made thousands of courtroom appearances in California and Massachusetts. He has also successfully mediated dozens of complex divorces and drafted the judgments by mutual agreement. Dan Larkosh's Specialties: Commercial and Real Estate Litigation, Complex Divorce and Custody Cases, Criminal Defense, Appeals, Professional Liability Defense, Divorce Mediation. Schedule a confidential consultation: Located in Edgartown, Massachusetts and serving Cape Cod, the islands as well as all of Massachusetts, our lawyers concentrate in the areas of local municipal law, real estate law, business law, and family law. Our...
Nicholas R. Sylvia
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Attorney
(508) 717-7869 257 Union Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
University of Massachusetts School of Law
Plymouth County, MA Divorce Attorney with 21 years experience
(508) 291-3033 191 Main St
Wareham Center, MA 02571
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and Juvenile
Bristol County, MA Divorce Attorney with 33 years experience
(508) 990-1077 63 Ash St
New Bedford, MA 02740
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Bristol County, MA Divorce Attorney with 39 years experience
(508) 993-4100 14 S 6th St
New Bedford, MA 02740
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Plymouth County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 46 years experience
(508) 295-7540 245 Main St
Wareham Center, MA 02571
Divorce, Family, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Bristol County, MA Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
(508) 996-8291 388 County St
New Bedford, MA 02740
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Municipal
Paul F. Lorincz
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 43 years experience
(508) 222-0002 144 Bank Street
P.O. Box 2320
Attleboro, MA 02703-1019
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
Boston College Law School
A PARTNER with the firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of family law, including mediation and conciliation, corporate and business law, civil litigation, and estate planning. A magna cum laude graduate of Boston College in 1972, Attorney Lorincz graduated from Boston College Law School in 1975 and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is a member of the Attleboro, Bristol County, and Massachusetts Bar Associations. In addition, he is a member of the Massachusetts Council on...
James M Lynch
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Plymouth County, MA Divorce Attorney with 41 years experience
(781) 253-2049 62 Derby Street
Suites 4-5
HIngham, MA 02043
Free ConsultationDivorce, DUI, Domestic Violence and Family
Suffolk University Law School
James M. Lynch, has been a practicing attorney since 1977 and is a Principal and the President of Lynch & Owens, P.C. A resident of Hingham since 1983, Jim’s experience as both an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County and as a litigator in all Courts in Massachusetts since 1977 has proven invaluable in his aggressive and professional representation of the clients of Stevenson, Lynch & Owens. Today, Jim specializes in probate and family law, personal injury cases and select areas of criminal law. Jim graduated from Boston College (B.S. 1973) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1976). Jim...
Amber R. Cohen
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Plymouth County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 10 years experience
(508) 880-6677 385 Court Street
Suite 102
Plymouth, MA 02360
Divorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
Areas of practice: Adoption, Divorce, Child Support Modification, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Estate Litigation, Guardianship of Incapacitated Persons, Guardianship of Minors, Termination of Guardianship, Paternity, Restraining Orders, Debt Collection, Visitation/Custody Dispute, 93A Consumer Protection, and General Litigation Before co-founding Cohen Cleary, P.C., Attorney Cohen worked as associate counsel with Schonland & Associates, P.C. Attorney Cohen concentrates her legal practice in the areas of family law, probate and estates, guardianships of minors and incapacitated persons as well as civil litigation. Attorney Cohen is passionate about her work in representing those who are in need of legal representation, and strives...
Gabriel Cheong
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Norfolk County, MA Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
(617) 250-8236 859 Willard Street
Suite 400
Quincy, MA 02169
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning and Family
Northeastern University School of Law
I opened my boutique law firm focusing on divorce and family law, wills and trusts, and estate planning in an effort to help Boston area residents navigate the challenges that life throws at them. I'm an advocate for civil divorces and for lifetime planning. With my office located in Quincy, MA, I help clients in the Boston Metro area, primarily in Suffolk County, Middlesex County and Norfolk County Massachusetts.
Ruthanne Withers
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Attorney with 13 years experience
(508) 222-0002 144 Bank Street
P.O. Box 2320
Attleboro, MA 02703
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Northeastern University School of Law
An associate with the firm and focuses her practice on domestic relations matters, including divorce, custody, child support, contempt, and modification cases. Attorney Withers graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University in 2000 with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. After graduation she worked for two years as a litigation paralegal for a Washington, D.C., personal injury firm. She graduated with her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2005 where she participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic. From 2005 through 2013 she was employed as a Staff Attorney at Community Legal Aid specializing...
Josey Lyne Payne Esq.
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Plymouth County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 5 years experience
(781) 871-0257 Eleven Albion Court
Rockland, MA 02370
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning and Family
New England Law | Boston
Your Life | Your Lawyer. Attorney Josey Lyne Payne serves families in Southeastern Massachusetts. By having an attorney that associates with other legal professionals, there is no need to hire a multitude of lawyers. Attorney Payne can advocate for your family in many areas of law, providing the expertise needed as well as the personal contact most clients want and need.
Wilfred C. Driscoll Jr.
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 42 years experience
(508) 672-8718 209 Bedford Street
Suite 201
Fall River, MA 02720
Free ConsultationDivorce, DUI, Domestic Violence and Family
New England Law | Boston
I have been a lawyer in Fall River, Massachusetts for over 30 years. I have practiced extensively in the courts in Bristol County, Plymouth County, Suffolk County and Norfolk County. My practice focuses on Divorce and Criminal Law including DUI/OUI. I handle all aspects of Family Law including child custody, visitation, father's rights, divorce modifications, separation agreements and property division. I also have an office in Quincy, MA. There is no cost for your first appointment.
John Andrew Ullian
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Norfolk County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 34 years experience
(781) 848-5980 220 Forbes Road, Suite 106
Braintree, MA 02184
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Family and Foreclosure Defense
University of Toledo
John Ullian received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, his law degree from University of Toledo Law School, a Masters in Education from Northeastern University, and his Doctorate in Education from Boston University. In 1984, John joined the law firm his father, Leonard Ullian, started in 1978 to focus on bankruptcy law, divorce and domestic relations matters, litigation and school law. Today, John runs the Law Firm of Ullian & Associates, P.C., and is licensed to practice in both Massachusetts and Florida.
Jason V. Owens
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Plymouth County, MA Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
(781) 253-2049 62 Derby Street
Suites 4-5
Hingham, MA 02043
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Jason is a Partner and Senior Attorney at Lynch & Owens, P.C. whose areas of concentration include divorce, child custody and support, domestic violence, equity and estates litigation, and complex financial probate and family litigation. Originally from Cape Cod, Jason was a journalist, proposal writer and marketing and business development professional in the engineering field before becoming an attorney. Prior to entering private practice, Jason was a Judicial Clerk for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, where he worked closely with twelve Probate and Family Court judges in Barnstable, Bristol and Essex counties. His responsibilities included drafting Judgments, Orders,...
Meghan L Howard
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Norfolk County, MA Divorce Attorney with 4 years experience
(508) 543-0600 132 Central Street
Suite 209
Foxboro, MA 02035
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Family and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
I am an enthusiastic advocate for my clients. My firm allows me to practice many areas of the law, but my favorite areas are family law, personal injury, civil litigation, and criminal law. I strive to maintain active in the legal community by participating in the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.
Brian D. Roman
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 28 years experience
(508) 699-5554 98 Orne St
North Attleboro, MA 02760
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Roman is a zealous advocate who will provide you with the legal representation you deserve.
Robert Finlay
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Attorney with 8 years experience
(508) 884-6067 4 Court Street
Suite #108
Taunton, MA 02780
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Family and Personal Injury
St. Thomas University School of Law
I am originally from Houston, Texas but spent many formative years in New York State. I am a proud husband for the last 8 years and soon to be father of twins. I am an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoy fishing and kayaking. I originally went to law school thinking I would become a corporate lawyer in a large firm but found myself (through experience) wanting to help people one by one and be an independent attorney. I've been an independent for five years and have enjoyed every moment of it.
Marc Roberts
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Bristol County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 14 years experience
(508) 672-2322 56 N Main St
Suite 323
Fall River, MA 02720
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Domestic Violence and Family
Roger Williams University School of Law
My name is Attorney Marc Roberts and I want to let you know a little about me and what I believe about the law. I am a graduate of the University of Hartford with a Bachelorâs of the Arts Degree obtained from majoring in Psychology. I obtained my law degree at Roger Williams University School of Law in 2004. I passed the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Bar Examinations in 2004 and have been a practicing attorney ever since. My career started off as an Assistant District Attorney for the Bristol County District Attorneyâs Office where I was stationed primarily in the...
Gail Otis
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Plymouth County, MA Divorce Attorney with 21 years experience
(781) 749-6073 160 Old Derby Street
Suite 452
Hingham, MA 02043
Divorce and Family
Northeastern University School of Law
Gail P. Otis has represented individuals in family law matters, including divorce, modification, child support, alimony, asset and debt division, child custody, removal of children from the Commonwealth, contempt actions, and paternity, for over 17 years. In addition, she has been appointed Guardian ad litem in over 65 cases including family law and elder matters. She is licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since 2014, she has been focusing on helping parties to resolve their disputes through mediation, which typically results in a better outcome for the parties and family. In addition to her...
Robert Andrew Lane
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Norfolk County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 26 years experience
(781) 335-0374 528 Broad St
East Weymouth, MA 02189
Free ConsultationDivorce, Elder, Estate Planning and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Robert "Drew" Lane joined the firm in 1993 immediately after serving as an Assistant District Attorney for the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office. Attorney Lane prosecuted cases for the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office in both the Quincy and Stoughton Massachusetts District Courts. Attorney Lane graduated from St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire in 1989, where he was awarded his Bachelor of Arts Degree mastering in Political Science and Suffolk University Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate Degree. Attorney Lane is admitted to all Massachusetts Trial Courts and the United States District Court for Massachusetts. Attorney Lane is...
Michael S. Mehrmann
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Plymouth County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 33 years experience
(781) 585-3911 29 Main Street
Kingston, MA 02364
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Suffolk University Law School
Beth M. Nussbaum
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Norfolk County, MA Divorce Attorney with 22 years experience
(781) 327-1907 1 Post Office Square
Sharon, MA 02067
Free ConsultationDivorce, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Boston College Law School
Nussbaum Family Law provides mediation and collaborative representation in family law matters such as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, contested and uncontested divorce, modification or contempt involving issues such as paternity, child custody, parenting time, and support. We believe in a collaborative approach to solving family law issues peacefully whenever possible, to save you the expense, stress, uncertainty and loss of privacy of a court case. In addition to collaborative law and mediation, Nussbaum Family Law provides mediation support services including consulting and document review services. When court is unavoidable, we offer skilled, effective negotiation-based advocacy to achieve your goals and...
Mary E. Bono
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Norfolk County, MA Divorce Attorney
(781) 436-8667 247 Washington Street
Suite 20
Stoughton, MA 02072
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Immigration
University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth
Attorney Mary E. Bono is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth where she served as both the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the University of Massachusetts School of Law Roundtable Symposium Law Journal and participated in the UMASS Law Immigration Law Clinic. While at the University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth, Attorney Bono received the Dean's Service Award and the Aquilla Ward Memorial Scholarship Award. Attorney Bono is a member of the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyer's Division of the Bristol County Bar Association and is also a...
Tracy Galloway
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Norfolk County, MA Divorce Attorney with 26 years experience
1044 Central Street, Suite 201
Stoughton, MA 02072
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family and Juvenile
Northeastern University School of Law
I work closely and responsively with my clients to get to the heart of their individual situation, to answer all questions, and to tailor a strategy that will be most effective with opposing counsel, and within the court system.
Mr. John Schuyler Keating
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Plymouth County, MA Divorce Attorney with 22 years experience
(617) 285-8113 84 Franklin Street
Marshfield, MA 02050
Divorce, Consumer, Employment and Landlord Tenant
Suffolk University
John, a.k.a. "Chip" (a nickname he's had since birth) is the principal of the Law Offices of John S. Keating, a general practice law firm in Marshfield, MA serving residents and business on Boston's South Shore. Chip is a graduate of Brown University (B.A., political science, 1985) and Suffolk University Law School (cum laude, 1993). Chip's practice includes divorce and family law (approximately 50% of the practice), civil litigation, real estate, landlord/tenant, wills and trusts, employment law, and consumer protection. Chip is an active member of the Marshfield community, having served in local office (in a...
Morgan Bernal
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Norfolk County, MA Divorce Attorney with 3 years experience
(617) 901-0052 15 S. Main Street, #125
Sharon, MA 02067
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning and Family
Northeastern University School of Law
I practice divorce, family law and child welfare law in the greater Boston area. My goal is to assist both men and women in divorce, child custody and support proceedings and paternity, in addition to modifications that arise post judgement. Child welfare matters such as guardianship, parental termination and special education advocacy are a passion of mine, as children have little to no voice in the courtroom. I have extensive experience working with victims in court, particularly women and children who were physically or sexually abused. Most victims want an attorney who "just gets it," and it has...
Edward Sharkansky
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Plymouth County, MA Divorce Lawyer with 24 years experience
(508) 587-7977 1342 Belmont Street - Suite 102
Brockton, MA 02301
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Northeastern University
Massachusetts Law Attorney Edward Sharkansky has over 20 years of courtroom experience beginning as a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office. From those experiences he opened his own practice as a criminal defense attorney, providing his legal expertise as a defense and trial attorney to hundreds of clients from all walks of life throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Attorney Sharkansky’s practice has evolved into assisting individuals with cases in DUI law, family law, personal injury, and other criminal law issues. As your attorney with a great deal of courtroom and settlement experience, he will work with you throughout the entire...
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