Dorchester, Massachusetts Family Lawyers

Jill MacDonald
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Free Consultation! Successful Family Law Advocacy Across Massachusetts!

I am a skilled and accomplished family law attorney. I aggressively protect the rights and interests of those with family law matters! Visit my website to see testimonials and case results. Call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Daniel C. Roache
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Free Consultation! Diligent Family Law Attorney! Skilled Representation!

I am an experienced and knowledgeable Massachusetts family law attorney. I will work tirelessly for the best possible results! Visit my website to see client reviews and case results, or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Susannah Brown
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Divorce and Family Law specialist Aggressive Effective Representation

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I’m an experienced Massachusetts family law attorney and I represent clients in all types of family law cases. My practice includes simple and complex divorces, spousal support, child support, and child custody. Read More »
Elizabeth L. Comproni
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(617) 471-8500 50 Redfield St
#206
Boston, MA 02122
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Ismail Mohammed
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(617) 532-1911 Suite 302
Boston, MA 02110
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Immigration
Massachusetts School of Law
Ismail Mohammed founded The Law Office of Ismail Mohammed in 2004 to offer legal services in the field of criminal defense and immigration in Boston, Massachusetts having earned his Juris Doctor degree from Massachusetts School of Law at Andover in 2000. It was from there that he became a bar advocate with the Middlesex Defense attorneys since 2005 representing mainly indigent clients. At the Law Office of Ismail Mohammed, we are passionate about representing all clients in criminal defense and immigration cases. We help families, individuals and companies with visa applications, green card applications, citizenship/naturalization and cancellation from deportation/removal...
Kevin Patrick Seaver
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(617) 263-2633 8 Whittier Place, Suite 104
Boston, MA 02114
Family, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Tulane University School of Law and New England Law | Boston
Attorney Kevin Patrick Seaver is a trusted, experienced Lawyer 1991 and is a recognized expert who successfully protects and defends his clients against the Department of Children and Families. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the Law Office of Kevin Patrick Seaver successfully defends clients from all over the state of Massachusetts. He has represented over 1000 families in and out of court and has experience in litigation, negotiation and trial court. His prolific record in trials has earned him a distinguished reputation and was subsequently recognized by the New York times as a Distinguished Lawyer for his contributions to Law in...
Marcia J. Mavrides
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(617) 723-9900 160 State Street
6th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Family and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Marcia Mavrides has been a family law attorney for over 30 years. She has offices in Quincy and Boston. Her areas of practice include divorce, separation, custody, visitation/parenting plans, child support/college expenses, alimony, income attribution, asset division, parental relocation, paternity, grandparents rights, guardianships, modifications, contempt proceedings, restraining orders and mediation. She owes her success to her ability to work closely with each client, helping them toward a comprehensive and clear understanding of the legal process and its impact on their lives. Her goal is to work toward a fair resolution that provides clarity and predictability for her clients long after...
Gabriel Cheong
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(617) 273-5110 60 State Street
Suite 700
Boston, MA 02109
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Estate Planning
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.
Dennis Benzan Esq.
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Attorney
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Roger Williams University School of Law
Christopher DiBella
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(617) 870-0907 100 Cambridge Street, 14th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
Everyone deserves committed legal representation, and Attorney Christopher DiBella has dedicated his legal career to exceeding clients' expectations in every case. The first of his family to attend college, he proceeded to graduate from law school with honors. Since opening DiBella Law Offices, P.C. in 2004, he has earned numerous awards. He was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer from 2011 through 2017, and has been awarded "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He also has been named "Rising Star" by Boston Magazine – an honor achieved by no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the...
Jeffrey A. Soilson
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(617) 542-5542 One Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Family and Divorce
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
JEFFREY A. SOILSON is a partner at Fitch Law Partners LLP where he represents clients in a broad range of divorce, family law and probate litigation matters. Mr. Soilson is the President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML). He serves as a certified divorce mediator, family law arbitrator, trained conciliator and court-approved parenting coordinator - often in an effort to reduce the negative impact of high-conflict litigation on children of divorce and separation. Volunteering and providing leadership in organizations that...
Joshua D. Mansfield
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(617) 426-8100 262 Washington St
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Family, Business and Immigration
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Mansfield serves as a Managing Attorney at O’Neil and Hauser P.C. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and has been practicing in the field of immigration for the past 13 years. He specializes in adjustment of status, naturalization, provisional waivers of inadmissibility and other waivers of inadmissibility. He also frequently represents clients filing asylum, affirmative and defensive, both before USCIS and the Immigration Court. He is an expert in drafting motions to reopen and other motion practice, withholding of removal, cancellation of removal, both lawful permanent residents and non-lawful permanent residents, challenging charges of removability, marital...
Mildred N Phillips
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(617) 624-3800 Ten Post Office Square
8th floor
Boston, MA 02109
Free ConsultationFamily, Consumer, Divorce and Immigration
Suffolk University Law School
General practice law office advising and representing consumers and businesses on general civil matters including consumer protection, family law, Social Security disability claims, tax audits and collections, immigration and naturalization law. At my office, you will be treated as a person and not as a case. You will be heard no matter how big or how small your case is. I personally handle every case that I agree to work on.
Elizabeth L. Comproni
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience

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George Papachristos
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Massachusetts Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience

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Daniel C. Roache
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(617) 778-1000 529 Main St
#128
Boston, MA 02129
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Boston University School of Law
Dan Roache has been Of Counsel to the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. for many years. Prior to coming to Bellotti Law Group, he practiced in Boston, Massachusetts. His practice is focused in the area of Family Law. Over the past twenty-five years, Dan has practiced before the Probate Courts of Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable and Worcester counties.

Thoroughly knowledgeable in the family law process, Dan has handled numerous complex family law matters involving contested custody cases, child removal matters, business valuations, support and alimony matters, forensic evaluations and complex tracing issues concerning assets of mixed character. He has tried...
Judith R. Kaplan
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Quincy, MA Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
500 Victory Rd, Suite 400
Quincy, MA 02171
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Villanova University School of Law
I hold a B.A. in child development and earned my law degree from the Villanova University School of Law. After working for the Department of Children and Families (formerly Department of Social Services) and a small boutique divorce law firm in Boston, I decided to go out on my own and offer mediation as an alternative to costly divorce litigation. I now work with families out of my Norwell, Braintree and Quincy (Marina Bay) locations as a divorce/family law mediator. My mission is to help families minimize the financial and psychological impacts of separation and divorce.

I will...
Howard Lewis
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
8 Faneuil Hall
Boston, MA 02109
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Howard Lewis is a nationally recognized trial attorney that has successfully litigated and brought to verdict over 100 jury trials and over 200 bench trials. Throughout the last two decades of his career, Howard Lewis has represented parties in local and state courts throughout the United States. He believes in personal service and commitment to clients and strives each day to make that a priority. *Voted top divorce attorney in Northeast 2011- 2015 by Arrive Magazine, Superb Rating of 10.0 by Avvo 2011 -2016, and SuperLawyer 2013 -2016. Website: http://HowardLewisLaw.com
David Feldman
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(617) 227-0290 11 Beacon Street, Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
Practice limited to divorce, family law and divorce mediation.
Joe Serpa
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(617) 936-0201 20 Park Plaza
#400
Boston, MA 02116
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Georgetown University Law Center
Attorney Joe Serpa is a criminal and civil trial attorney located in Boston with a winning record in the trial courts of Massachusetts. With an innovative and assertive approach to the law, Attorney Serpa has successfully defended his clients in serious felony prosecutions charging murder to sexual assault to operating under the influence of alcohol (DWI / OUI). He has consistently tried cases to acquittal before juries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Attorney Serpa's clients have been found not guilty in ninety percent of those trials over nearly two decades. ...
Robert Setterbo
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(617) 795-3611 2 Oliver Street
Suite 302A
Boston, MA 02109
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence 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...
Bart Peter Simonian
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Joshua H Bearce
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(603) 695-8675 2 Oliver Street
Boston, MA 02109
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Probate
Boston University School of Law
My practice is centered on helping individuals through the most difficult time periods in their lives. I represent clients in divorce and family law cases, involving issues such as child custody and support, alimony, and domestic violence. I also represent clients in trust and estate cases, including in will and trust challenges, guardianships, conservatorships, and other disputes involving the transfer of wealth.

My clients come from a variety of diverse backgrounds. I personally believe that every client, regardless of their circumstances, deserves the best legal representation. I respect the trust my clients have placed in me during these difficult time periods...
Robert DiLibero
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
500 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Massachusetts Probate Attorney and Family Law Lawyer: Robert DiLibero was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, before moving to Massachusetts to attend Boston University. As a child of the 60's, his academic path took a circuitous route with a year off to serve as a VISTA Volunteer on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, followed by nearly four years of service with the United States Army Security Agency with assignments to Bad Aibling, Germany, the National Security Agency, Cu Chi, Vietnam and Two Rock Ranch Station in Petaluma, California. He received a B.S. in English from Boston University after his military...
George Papachristos
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Milton, MA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(617) 328-7100 500 Granite Ave
#6
Milton, MA 02186
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal and Divorce
Massachusetts School of Law and Suffolk University Law School
Joshua D. Brabant
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Massachusetts Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience

Massachusetts School of LawMassachusetts
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Susan A. Fiore
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Massachusetts Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience

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Julie Lamkin
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(617) 367-2900 1 International Pl 18th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Free ConsultationBoston, MA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Massachusetts School of Law
Attorney Julie Lamkin earned her J.D. at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2010. Julie is a Massachusetts native and earned her bachelors degree from Suffolk University in 2006, graduating magna cum laude.

Before joining the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, Julie owned her own practice focusing primarily in the areas of family law and estate planning. Julie also volunteered at the Lawyer for the Day Program in Essex County, offering free legal advice to indigent individuals.

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, Julie enjoys working with different clients every...
Freya Allen Shoffner
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(617) 369-0111 800 Boylston Street
Suite 1600
Boston, MA 02199
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Estate Planning
Suffolk University Law School
After ten years in business herself, Freya Shoffner gave up her search for a good lawyer for her small company and her family and went to law school. Her goal was to build a law firm that could take care of a small business’ every legal need – from the initial brainstorm, through the years of careful tending, to the flood of profits when the benefits are secured for generations to come. She also wanted that firm to give families, in all asset brackets, the best estate planning possible. Freya reached her goal, and now Boston has a law...
David Kiley Wilkinson
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(617) 795-3611 2 Oliver Street, Suite 302A
Boston, MA 02109
Family and Divorce
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...
Adam Rowe
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(617) 367-6767 77 Franklin Street
Third Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Family, Divorce, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
Suffolk University Law School
Adam A. Rowe is a trial attorney and a partner at the Boston, Crowe & Dunn. He is a 1992 graduate of the University of Glasgow, Scotland (Joint English and History, Master of Arts Honours Degree), and earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School (Magna Cum Laude) in 1996, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board.
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Attorney Rowe is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Maine, and Washington, D.C., as well as the United States District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts & Maine, and the First...
Lesley Hauser
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(617) 426-8100 262 Washington St
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Family and Immigration
Loyola University New Orleans
Nearly 45 years ago Joseph F. O'Neil opened up his law office to countless immigrants in the Greater Boston Area. O'Neil's mission to help people navigate the U.S. immigration system, remains the driving force behind O'Neil & Hauser P.C. today. After over a decade of experience working with O'Neil, I took over as president of the firm in 2008. We continue to follow our founder's tradition, while adapting to the ever-changing face of the American immigrant. As president of O'Neil & Hauser P.C., I supervise a skilled team of immigration lawyers and paralegals as we represent both individuals and corporations...
Roderick S. Oreste
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(617) 871-9662 75 Arlington Street
Suite 500
Boston, MA 02116
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Roderick S. Oreste is the principal attorney of Oreste Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before founding his law firm, Rod spent over 12 years working for New England's beloved baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. During his tenure there, he held several management positions in the Public Affairs department and acted as the Red Sox alumni liaison. He dealt with all issues concerning former Red Sox players and coaches...
Christopher Vaughn-Martel Esq.
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(617) 357-4898 1180 Washington Street
Suite 101
Boston, MA 02118
Family
Suffolk University Law School
Chris is the founding partner and principal of Vaughn-Martel Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to founding Vaughn-Martel Law in 2006, Chris worked as a Clerk and First Year Associate for a small real estate firm on Boston's South Shore. Chris is currently admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, as well as the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association. He serves as...
Wendy Hickey
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(617) 330-9090 160 Federal Street
24th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Family
Suffolk University Law School
Cynthia Theresa Runge, Of Counsel
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(617) 399-8751 171 Milk Street
Suite 400
Boston, MA 02109
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Whittier Law School
Cynthia began her legal practice in small law firms where she gained experience in real estate, landlord/tenant and worker's compensation law. She has also been involved in intellectual property matters for several area non-profits including a local museum library. From 2007-2010, Cynthia served as the Coordinator of Court & Divorce Mediation Services at Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge. Since that time, Cynthia's primary focus has been on family law, divorce mediation and juvenile law (care & protection/children requiring assistance matters). Cynthia's objective is to provide compassionate, realistic, and thorough legal representation so her clients transition into the...
Valerie D Napier
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer
(617) 320-3711 98 N. Washington Street, Suite 403
Boston, MA 02114
Free ConsultationFamily, Immigration and Personal Injury
Suffolk University
Nicholas R. Sylvia
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney
67 Batterymarch Street, Lower Level
Suite 1400
Boston, MA 02110
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
University of Massachusetts School of Law
Attorney Sylvia is driven to improve the lives of his clients through hard work and dedication. He brings a wealth of legal experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He has worked alongside a Massachusetts Superior Court Justice, alongside a Registrar of Probate, within two counties' District Attorney's Offices, and has practiced before every tribunal of the Department of Industrial Accidents throughout the Commonwealth.

He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, where he received the Leader of Justice Award for performing over 890 hours of pro bono work in just 2 years. As an...
Kelly Ann Feeley
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(617) 227-7222 100 State Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02109
Family, Divorce and Probate
Jeffrey Karp
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(617) 621-7177 One Post Office Square
Suite 3600
Boston, MA 02109-3600
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Brandy Bustamante
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(617) 642-3787 27 School Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
James Benjamin
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(617) 431-8071 90 Canal Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce
David Hoffman
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(617) 439-4700 101 Arch Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Harvard Law School
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Kevin V. Daley
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(617) 492-0100 130 Bishop Allen Dr
Cambridge, MA 02139
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
David Flashenburg
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney
(781) 575-9555 8 Faneuil Hall
Market Place, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Family and Real Estate
Tim McGee
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney
(617) 398-3400 236 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109
Family, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Jennifer Lamanna
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Charlestown, MA Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(617) 886-5188 40 Warren Street
Third floor
Charlestown, MA 02129
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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