Reading, Massachusetts Divorce Lawyers

Marlene Shiner
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Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer with 22 years experience

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Valerie Ross
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Reading, MA Divorce Lawyer
(781) 942-0002 34 Salem Street
Suite 202
Reading, MA 01867
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Reading, MA Divorce Attorney with 44 years experience
(781) 942-0660 200 Haven St
Reading, MA 01867
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Barbra Ilene Black
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Woburn, MA Divorce Lawyer with 27 years experience
(781) 569-5840 18 Commerce Way
Suite 1650
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Suffolk University
Barbra I. Black has been practicing law for over twenty five years and is a founding member and the managing partner of Black, Vitelli & Pennock, LLC. Attorney Black was a former partner at the Boston, MA law firm of Burns & Levinson, LLP, where she practiced for over eight years in the firm's Divorce and Family Law group. Prior to that, she was a solo practitioner for several years, focusing her practice in the area of domestic relations litigation.

Attorney Black concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce & family law in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Attorney Black...
Lillian J. LaRosa
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Woburn, MA Divorce Attorney with 37 years experience
3 Baldwin Green Common, Ste. 207
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationDivorce, Personal Injury, Probate and Workers' Comp
American University Washington College of Law
Probate Court practice including litigqation and administration of estates. including will and account contests and appointment of personal representative contests divorce and custody including guardianship of minors, and preparation and reviewing real estate and purchase and sale agreements, preparing petitions for license to sell,real estate and petitions to partition land in common. I have been a Conciliator with the Middlesex County Bar Association program for several years, I am a Court appointed Guardian Ad Litem category D on, Probate Accounts including Estates and Conservatorships, and Custody and Visitation Guardian ad litem . Our...
Phil A. Taylor
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Stoneham, MA Divorce Lawyer with 16 years experience
(781) 438-7100 2 Main Street, Suite 325
Stoneham, MA 02180
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Collections and Family
New England Law | Boston
Rosanne Paula Klovee
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Stoneham, MA Divorce Attorney with 17 years experience
(781) 438-5222 92 Montvale Avenue
Suite 2700
Stoneham, MA 02180
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Christopher J Finn
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Woburn, MA Divorce Attorney
(781) 484-1066 400 TradeCenter Drive, Suite 5900
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Raised in Saugus, Massachusetts, on Boston’s north shore, Attorney Christopher J. Finn is proud to have established his law office in the town in which he grew up. Chris received his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School located in downtown Boston, with a Business Law and Financial Services Concentration with Distinction. He served on the Editorial Board of his law school’s Transnational Law Review and has won an award for his outstanding oral advocacy. Chris has appeared and successfully argued motions and trials in the District, Superior and Probate and Family Courts of the Commonwealth...
Peri S. Kutchin
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Woburn, MA Divorce Attorney with 7 years experience
(781) 281-8960 12 Gill Street
Suite 1950
Woburn, MA 01801
Divorce and Family
Massachusetts School of Law
Peri brings a unique set of qualities to her law practice as she pursued her law degree after raising two children and working in a family business as a Comptroller. She is a strong believer that her life experiences coupled with her financial background play an important role in advocating for her clients. Peri devotes a high level of personal attention and detail to each of her clients and understands that not all domestic relation issues occur between 9 and 5. Peri specializes in divorce, custody, child support, alimony, property division, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, restraining orders and abuse protection...
Kathleen Black Reynolds
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Woburn, MA Divorce Attorney
(781) 277-7399 390 Main Street
Suite 200
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationDivorce, Collections, Domestic Violence and Family
Massachusetts School of Law
Kathleen has experience representing clients in many legal matters, with a strong focus on criminal defense, RMV hearings, family law and small claims. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and practices throughout the Commonwealth. She is the chair of the Wilmington Historical Commission, and co-founded the Friends of Wilmington Tennis. Kathleen is compassionate, intelligent, and dedicated to her clients. When not assisting clients, she enjoys spending time with her kids, playing tennis, hiking, reading, exploring Cape Ann, and attending local community events. To contact Attorney Reynolds for legal or notary services, please call 781.569.5840, x.205 or email...
Kathleen B. Reynolds
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Woburn, MA Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
(781) 935-7104 390 Main Street
Suite 200
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Massachusetts School of Law
My practice focuses on family law and criminal defense. I provide honest and practical advice to my clients, paying particular attention to their individual needs. My clients take an active role in their cases and we work together to obtain just, timely and cost-effective results.
Ms. Franceska J. O'Reilly
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Wakefield, MA Divorce Lawyer with 9 years experience
(617) 680-3847 21 West Water Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, DUI and Elder
New England Law | Boston and National University of Ireland Galway
I practice elder law, family law, business law and do general practice work in both Wakefield, Massachusetts and Salem, Massachusetts.
Michelle Sacco Massaro
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Woburn, MA Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(781) 281-0734 500 W Cummings Park # 2475
Woburn, MA 01801
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Guardianship, Visitation, Division of Marital Property, Tax Consequences of Divorce, Alimony (spousal support), Prenuptial Agreements, Prenuptial Modifications and Wills / Estate Planning. The Law Office of Michelle Sacco Massaro is conveniently located across from the Salem Massachusetts court house and serves Essex County including Amesbury MA, Andover MA, North Andover MA, Ballardvale MA, Beverly MA, Beverly Farms, Boxford MA, West Boxford MA, Bradford MA, Byfield MA, Cape Ann MA, Danvers MA, Essex MA, Georgetown MA, Gloucester MA, Groveland MA, Hamilton MA, South Hamilton MA, Haverhill MA, Ipswich MA, Lawrence MA, Lynn MA, Lynnfield MA, Manchester-by-the-Sea...
Sallie Vallely
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Woburn, MA Divorce Lawyer with 29 years experience
(781) 281-0635 36 Commerce Way
2nd Floor
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Sallie K. Vallely has been practicing law, for 27 years. Attorney Vallely is the founding partner, of the law offices of Sallie K. Vallely. Attorney Vallely practices law in the following areas: criminal law and criminal defense, family law, and probate law. Attorney Vallely is the Supervising Attorney for the Middlesex Defense Attorney Incorporated and supervises lawyers in the Middlesex Superior Court and the Woburn District Court. As part of her position as Supervising Attorney she mentors young lawyers, teaches seminars, and investigates complaints filed against lawyers. Attorney Vallely attends the Middlesex Defense Attorney’s Incorporated Board of Directors meetings, on...
Laura J. Cervizzi
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North Reading, MA Divorce Attorney with 31 years experience
(978) 276-0777 350 Park Street
Park Place South, Suites 201 & 203
North Reading, MA 01864
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Suffolk University
Johanna Gatta
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Stoneham, MA Divorce Lawyer
(617) 791-8887 61 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Ellen Anna Wright
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Tewksbury, MA Divorce Lawyer with 10 years experience
(978) 851-2291 1445 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family and Personal Injury
Massachusetts School of Law
ELLEN ANNA WRIGHT is the Senior Attorney at Wright Family Law Group in Tewksbury specializing in all aspects of Family Law. She is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, Greater Lowell Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association. She has been recognized by the Client Securities Board for her pro bono contributions was recently recognized by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as one of the top 10 family law attorneys in 2017. She is a volunteer conciliator for the Middlesex County Bar Association. She is a graduate of Salem State College...
Miriam G. Altman
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Lexington, MA Divorce Attorney with 34 years experience
(781) 862-4448 57 Bedford Street, Suite 106
Lexington, MA 02420
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Georgetown University Law Center
Miriam G. Altman concentrates her legal practice in divorce and family law matters. Following her admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985, she represented individuals in matrimonial law cases and civil litigation at the Boston law firm of Sherburne, Powers & Needham, PC, now known as Holland & Knight, LLP. As a partner, she served as chair of the firm’s family law department. In 2002, she established the predecessor firm to Law Offices of Miriam G. Altman, PC, in Lexington, MA.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Altman received a BA from Barnard College, magna cum laude, and a JD degree, cum...
Lauren Popovitch
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Cambridge, MA Divorce Attorney
(617) 863-7847 2294 Massachusetts Avenue 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02140
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Albany Law School
Popovitch Law LLC practices Divorce and Family Law at the highest level of skill, knowledge, and experience. Lauren Popovitch is a premier Boston Divorce and Family Lawyer with a reputation for excellence and a strong record of success. Lauren Popovitch is committed to achieving the best outcome for you and your family.
Amy Beth Baron
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North Andover, MA Divorce Attorney with 18 years experience
(978) 674-8530 65 Flagship Drive Suite A
North Andover, MA 01845
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
I am an Attorney, Mediator and Registered Nurse. My company is Baron Law & Mediation, LLP - http://www.baronlawmediation.com. Our practice areas include divorce/family law, estate/small business planning and advice/consultation services. We provide our clients with mediation, litigation, or general representation services along with divorce financial analyst services. I have been an Attorney for 12 years and a Registered Nurse for 21 years. I have pursued my education and training becoming a Certified Case Manager in 2005 and a Certified Nurse Life Care Plannner in 2004. I have also undergone the requisite training to practice...
Todd D. Beauregard
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Lowell, MA Divorce Attorney with 24 years experience
(978) 275-1919 25 Central Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Family and Workers' Comp
Suffolk University Law School
Practice: Upon graduation from law school and having passed the Massachusetts Bar Examination in 1995, Attorney Beauregard joined the law firm of Palma Law Offices, P.C., in Lowell, Massachusetts. Attorney Beauregard opened his own practice in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2006, whose main office is located at 25 Central Street in Lowell, MA 01852. Since 2006, the firm has grown to meet the increased demand for experienced and ethical legal representation, with offices in Nashua, NH, North Andover, MA and Boston, MA. Attorney Beauregard is licensed to practice in all Massachusetts state courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the United States Federal Court...
Allan Baron
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N. Andover, MA Divorce Attorney with 40 years experience
(978) 674-8530 65 Flagship Drive
Suite A
N. Andover, MA 01845
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
Suffolk University Law School
I am a Divorce Attorney, Mediator and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. I have a practical view of the world and I am committed to providing cost effective legal problem solving services. Attorney Profile: http://www.baronlawmediation.com/bios/attorney-allan-baron/
Rich Mucci
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Winchester, MA Divorce Attorney with 14 years experience
(781) 729-3999 63 Shore Rd
Ste 23
Winchester, MA 01890
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Construction and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Massachusetts Award Winning Attorney Richard Mucci is the founder of Winchester MA based Law Offices of Richard Mucci. Attorney Mucci is an experienced litigation lawyer who understands all facets of business, civil litigation and criminal defense. His law firm has strong expertise in employment law, personal injury, real estate law, divorce, estate planning, criminal law and construction law to name a few.

Knowing that clients, like patients, rarely have just one issue, Attorney Mucci is able to move seamlessly among diverse practice areas. Ahead of the curve, the Law Offices of Richard Mucci provides a one-stop shop to the surrounding...
Paul King
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Tewksbury, MA Divorce Lawyer with 17 years experience
(978) 851-5145 1501 Main St
#13
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
New England Law | Boston
Stephen Forlizzi
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Danvers, MA Divorce Attorney with 41 years experience
491 Maple Street, Suite 106
Danvers, MA 01923
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Stephen M. Forlizzi has been representing the rights of accident victims in Massachusetts for over 30 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every case he handles resulting in the best possible recovery for his clients. Over the last three decades he has successfully handled virtually all types of personal injury cases, from the simple to the complex. His goal is to bring about a swift resolution of your claim in a professional yet personable manner, keeping you, the client, well informed, and at ease throughout. Willing and capable of fighting for your rights, Attorney Forlizzi...
Teresa Reade
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(978) 767-8383 5 Essex Green Dr.
Suite 23
Peabody, MA 01960
Free ConsultationPeabody, MA Divorce Lawyer with 19 years experience
Divorce and Family
Pepperdine University School of Law
Teresa Reade is the principle and founder of Reade Law Firm, PC.  Teresa’s practice focuses on helping people through some of the most difficult times in their lives and changes to their family, including divorce, custody, support and alimony, complex property division, and business and property valuations.
Originally from Wyoming, Teresa attended the University of Wyoming, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in in Administration of Justice before moving to California to attend Pepperdine University, School of Law, where she focused on litigation and trial practice.  Teresa received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2000 and began practicing in Los Angeles and Orange...
Georgiana Betses LaFortune
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North Andover, MA Divorce Lawyer with 34 years experience
(978) 475-6177 575 Turnpike Street
Suite 10
North Andover, MA 01845
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Boston University School of Law
Helpful, Informative, Experienced Attorneys with Answers and Information Practice includes the litigation and mediation of all areas of divorce and family law including prenuptial agreements, child custody, alimony, modifications, divorce, separate support, and marital agreements. Practice also includes estate planning and probate of estates. Typical estate plans include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care proxies. All representation is personalized for the client's needs and particular circumstances. Every case is unique and every case's factual and emotional details are considered in order to provide the optimal service to every client.
Mark Edward Burke Esq.
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Burlington, MA Divorce Attorney with 29 years experience
(781) 273-3801 Executive Place
50 Mall Road, Suite 208
Burlington, MA 01803
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Business and Construction
University of New Hampshire School of Law and Northeastern University
Since its founding in 1996, dedication and commitment to serving clients has been at the heart of the Law Office of Mark E. Burke. Attorney Burke is both book smart and street smart and he prides himself on economical, efficient and successful results.
Cheryl Garrity
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Burlington, MA Divorce Lawyer with 28 years experience
(781) 425-6258 111 South Bedford Street, Suite 101
Burlington, MA 01803
Divorce, Family and Probate
Northeastern University School of Law
Les Wallerstein
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Lexington, MA Divorce Attorney with 29 years experience
1620 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
New England Law | Boston
Philip J. Byers
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Andover, MA Divorce Lawyer with 44 years experience
(978) 474-9969 15 Chestnut Street
Andover, MA 01810
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family and Probate
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Byers is well know for his knowledge in the family law area including, divorce, custody, modifications, paternity, child support, alimony, and parenting plans, as well as mediation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Massachusetts Chapter since 1990 and is an Amicus Curiae Committee Member for the National American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2013-Present- Successfully involved with federal challenges in various states: case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing same-sex marriage.
Brett Hans Little
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Winchester, MA Divorce Attorney with 24 years experience
(617) 717-8966 10 Sheffield Road
Winchester, MA 01890
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Construction
Brooklyn Law School
Wyckoff Nissenbaum
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Somerville, MA Divorce Attorney
(617) 410-6467 775 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
The Law Office of Wyckoff Nissenbaum concentrates in Divorce and Family Law matters. Contact Wyckoff Nissenbaum to discuss your case specific situation.
Eric Schutzbank Esq
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North Andover, MA Divorce Attorney with 24 years experience
(978) 655-4282 800 Turnpike Avenue
Suite 304
North Andover, MA 01845
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Eric Schutzbank has over twenty years of experience practicing family, probate and criminal law. He represents individual clients, is trained for mediation, and also practices Collaborative Law. Eric is appointed by the Probate & Family Courts in Massachusetts as a Guardian Ad Litem and to represent children. He handles all facets of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, contempt actions, guardianships and parenting plans. Eric is also admitted to practice in New Hampshire, where his sole area of practice is in domestic relations matters. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan...
Tracy Fischer
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Danvers, MA Divorce Lawyer with 32 years experience
(617) 477-5877 100 Conifer Hill Drive
Suite 504
Danvers, MA 01923
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Massachusetts divorce mediator, Attorney Tracy Fischer has practiced Massachusetts Family Law since 1987 and has mediated divorces in Massachusetts since 1990. Tracy's BA Degree from Tulane University in Psychology and J.D. degree from Suffolk University School of Law provide her with the background to work with people who are in emotional crisis and to assist them in crafting legally binding divorce agreements. Tracy is a Certified Massachusetts Divorce Mediator and Board Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Tracy is a trained divorce mediator and has over 19 years of experience assisting couples in achieving an amicable resolution to an often...
Kristen E. Lipschutz
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North Andover, MA Divorce Lawyer
(978) 681-5665 859 Turnpike Street, Suite 232
North Andover, MA 01845
Divorce and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Gina Maria Ghioldi
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Lexington, MA Divorce Attorney with 25 years experience
(781) 674-2161 57 Bedford Street
Suite 115
Lexington, MA 02420
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Gina Ghioldi is the founding partner of The Law Office of Gina M. Ghioldi, P.C., a four attorney civil practice law firm located in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Simmons College and Suffolk University Law School. Gina is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Gina manages the firm and works very closely with Attorney Rebecca Ryan and Attorney Rhonda Levey on all the firm’s domestic relations cases. She also provides pre-divorce consulting services and acts as a divorce strategist for individuals involved in mediation. Gina receives many client referrals from clergy, mental health...
Cynthia Grover Hastings
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North Andover, MA Divorce Lawyer
(978) 681-5665 859 Turnpike Street, Suite 232
North Andover, MA 01845
Divorce, Appeals and Family
Boston College Law School
Cynthia Grover Hastings is a partner at Perocchi Family Law Group LLP, where she provides representation to individuals in Massachusetts for family law matters at both the trial court and appellate court levels. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Grover Hastings served as a law clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. As a law clerk, she worked on a variety of family law, probate, and equity matters in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties.
Jillian Cote
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North Andover, MA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(978) 689-1841 800 Turnpike Street
Suite 300
North Andover, MA 01845
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family, Insurance Claims and Nursing Home
Massachusetts School of Law
Jillian devotes her practice primarily to Family Law and Mediation matters. Whether it be litigating a contested divorce or assisting her clients in facilitating and negotiating a divorce mediation, her extensive knowledge of the law and ability to see both sides enables her to help her clients achieve a fair and reasonable outcome
Renee Lazar
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Bedford, MA Divorce Attorney with 12 years experience
(978) 844-4095 4308 Thompson Farm
Bedford, MA 01730
Free ConsultationDivorce, Employment, Family and Military
Massachusetts School of Law
Renee Lazar, Esq., a licensed Massachusetts attorney, offers quality Family legal services to Massachusetts residents and others who must appear in Massachusetts Courts. She practices Family Law, so her focus is on your Divorce, Custody, Parenting Plans, Guardianships of Minors and Adults, Grandparent Visitation, Child Support, and other Family Law issues. A caring attorney, Ms. Lazar provides her personal attention to every case, no matter how small.

Believing that everyone should be able to obtain legal services, Ms. Lazar's practice focuses on the needs of people of "modest means" - typically, those whose incomes put pro bono and subsidized legal...
Jonathan Meidanis
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Billerica, MA Divorce Attorney with 4 years experience
(978) 294-9547 574 Boston Rd. #13
Billerica, MA 01821
Divorce, Personal Injury, Probate and Real Estate
Southern Methodist University
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Considering divorce?

If a person wishes to terminate his or her marriage, he or she may file for a divorce. In a divorce proceeding, the court will terminate the marriage and determine the rights and responsibilities of the divorcing parties regarding child custody, child visitation, child support and spousal support (alimony). The court will also redistribute marital assets.

Depending on where you reside and where your assets are, the division of property can be a very simple or very complex process. Disputes often arise during this phase of a divorce if the two parties disagree as to who should receive which assets or property.

Finding a divorce lawyer who is experienced and reliable can reduce your stress and help you make the best choices possible. A good divorce lawyer should be a problem solver who is skilled at negotiation and possesses a solid trial background. If both parties are open to alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation, finding a lawyer experienced in collaborative divorce or divorce mediation would be beneficial.

Divorce lawyers also handle child custody issues, including multi-state and international child custody situations. Some divorce lawyers may be certified by their states as being family law specialists. Certification often requires that a lawyer meet certain experience and educational criteria.


Legal Custody: A parent with legal custody has the right to decide on the child's upbringing, education, and medical care. A court may grant legal custody to one parent (sole legal custody) or both parents (joint legal custody).

Separate Property: Property acquired before marriage or during the marriage as a gift or inheritance, or bought during marriage with separate property.