Forestdale, Massachusetts Family Lawyers

Lawrence Hale
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Sandwich, MA Family Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(508) 888-6700 141 Route 6A
Suite 3
Sandwich, MA 02563
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Northeastern University School of Law
See my website at www.halelaw.net
Lynn Holdsworth
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Sagamore Beach, MA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(508) 833-1900 110 State Road, Suite 3
P.O. Box 1537
Sagamore Beach, MA 02562
Family, Animal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
David Callahan
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Hyannis, MA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(508) 372-1200 100 Independence Drive
Hyannis, MA 02601
Family and Divorce
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...
Carolyn Garrahan
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Barnstable, MA Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(774) 994-8902 3010 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630
Family
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Divorce and Family Law Attorney, Barnstable (Cape Cod) and Plymouth Counties Over 28 years specializing in all domestic relations and family law matters including: Divorce, Custody, Modifications, Contempt, Child Support, Paternity, Parenting Time, Visitation, Prenuptial Agreements
Susannah Brown
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West Dennis, MA Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
9 Old Main Street
West Dennis, MA 02670
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal and Divorce
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)
Tracey Taylor
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Barnstable, MA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(508) 362-3010 3206 Main Street
P.O. Box 45
Barnstable, MA 02630
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Boston College Law School
I am a general practitioner with extensive experience in civil litigation matters.
Wareham Center, MA Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(508) 291-3033 191 Main St
Wareham Center, MA 02571
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Wareham Center, MA Family Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(508) 295-7540 245 Main St
Wareham Center, MA 02571
Family, Divorce, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Barnstable Town, MA Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(508) 775-0244 76 W Main St
Barnstable Town, MA 02601
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Ruthanne Withers
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Attleboro, MA Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(508) 222-0002 144 Bank Street
P.O. Box 2320
Attleboro, MA 02703
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
Amber R. Cohen
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Plymouth, MA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(508) 880-6677 385 Court Street
Suite 102
Plymouth, MA 02360
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
George Papachristos
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Milton, MA Family Law Attorney with 13 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
James M Lynch
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HIngham, MA Family Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(781) 253-2049 62 Derby Street
Suites 4-5
HIngham, MA 02043
Free ConsultationFamily, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
Robert Finlay
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Taunton, MA Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(508) 884-6067 4 Court Street
Suite #108
Taunton, MA 02780
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce 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.
Susan A. Fiore
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Canton, MA Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(800) 525-6386 793 Washington St
Canton, MA 02021
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability
University of Massachusetts School of Law
Josey Lyne Payne Esq.
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Rockland, MA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(781) 871-0257 Eleven Albion Court
Rockland, MA 02370
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
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.
Gabriel Cheong
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Quincy, MA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(617) 250-8236 859 Willard Street
Suite 400
Quincy, MA 02169
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.
Paul F. Lorincz
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Attleboro, MA Family Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(508) 222-0002 144 Bank Street
P.O. Box 2320
Attleboro, MA 02703-1019
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
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...
John Andrew Ullian
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Braintree, MA Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(781) 848-5980 220 Forbes Road, Suite 106
Braintree, MA 02184
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce 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.
Beth M. Nussbaum
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Sharon, MA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(781) 327-1907 1 Post Office Square
Sharon, MA 02067
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
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...
Julio R Hernando
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Weymouth, MA Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(781) 335-0374 528 Broad St
Weymouth, MA 02189
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Suffolk University Law School
Julio R. Hernando joined the firm in 1997 from the Norfolk County District Attorney's office where he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Quincy District Court and as the Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Stoughton District Court. Mr. Hernando is a graduate of Saint Anselm College where he was awarded his B.A. and of Suffolk University Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate degree. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for Massachusetts and all Massachusetts Courts. Mr. Hernando concentrates his practice in the areas of Estate Planning...
Jason V. Owens
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Hingham, MA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(781) 253-2049 62 Derby Street
Suites 4-5
Hingham, MA 02043
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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,...
Joe Serpa
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Quincy, MA Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
500 Victory Rd.
Suite 400
Quincy, MA 02171
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. ...
Tracy Galloway
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Stoughton, MA Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
1044 Central Street, Suite 201
Stoughton, MA 02072
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce 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.
Timothy P Horan
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New Bedford, MA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(508) 992-0630 32R Hillman Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
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...
Wilfred C. Driscoll Jr.
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Fall River, MA Family Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(508) 672-8718 209 Bedford Street
Suite 201
Fall River, MA 02720
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
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.
Robert Andrew Lane
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East Weymouth, MA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(781) 335-0374 528 Broad St
East Weymouth, MA 02189
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
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...
Diane M Shields
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Quincy, MA Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(617) 773-5755 21 Mayor Thomas J. McGrath Highway
Suite 501
Quincy, MA 02169
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Diane M. Shields founded her law practice in 1987. She believes that each of her clients deserves her personal attention and dedication to their case. Strong and effective advocacy is Attorney Shields’ paramount commitment to her clients. During the last 24 years, she has achieved successful outcomes for her clients during the litigation of their cases. Diane Shields’ experience includes motion hearings, settlement conferences, trial preparation, depositions, civil trials and jury trials. Diane Shields prides herself on always being available to answer questions and to address the concerns of her clients on their cases. She has earned a reputation...
Gail Otis
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Hingham, MA Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(781) 749-6073 160 Old Derby Street
Suite 452
Hingham, MA 02043
Family and Divorce
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...
Marcia J. Mavrides
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Quincy, MA Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
21 McGrath Highway
Suite 402
Quincy, MA 02169
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...
Robert Setterbo
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New Bedford, MA Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(508) 316-9720 555 Pleasant Street
Suite 2A
New Bedford, MA 02740
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...
Meghan L Howard
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Foxboro, MA Family Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(508) 543-0600 132 Central Street
Suite 209
Foxboro, MA 02035
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce 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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North Attleboro, MA Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(508) 699-5554 98 Orne St
North Attleboro, MA 02760
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Roman is a zealous advocate who will provide you with the legal representation you deserve.
Kevin William Gaughen Jr
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Weymouth, MA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(781) 335-0374 528 Broad St.
Weymouth, MA 02189
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Real Estate
Suffolk University Law School
Kevin W. Gaughen, Jr. joined the firm in August of 2009 from the Norfolk County District Attorneys office. Gaughen served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Wrentham, Quincy, Stoughton and Dedham District Courts and as the Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Brookline District and Juvenile Courts. Attorney Gaughen is known for his zealous trial advocacy. In an appeals court case, opposing counsel characterized him as to have "pummeled into the jury's consciousness"1 important portions of the case. The case was decided in his client's favor.

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Daniel C. Roache
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Quincy, MA Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(617) 328-2300 1372 Hancock St
#201
Quincy, MA 02169
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Boston University School of Law
David Kiley Wilkinson
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New Bedford, MA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(508) 316-9720 555 Pleasant Street
Suite 2A
New Bedford, MA 02740
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...
Shannon Benay
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Attleboro, MA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(508) 454-6836 30 Washington St.
Attleboro, MA 02703
Family and Arbitration & Mediation
Roger Williams University School of Law
Shannon Benay is a family law mediator and founder of Benay & Associates Mediation Services. Benay & Associates is a full service mediation firm with convenient locations in Attleboro, MA and Providence, RI. We provide our clients with a more effective and customized alternative to lengthy, expensive hearings and trials in matters relating to family law and landlord/tenant disputes. To accomodate our clients' busy schedules, we also offer evening and weekend appointments. At Benay & Associates, we understand that being a party in a dispute can be stressful, so we strive to provide our clients with the...
Deirdre Keefe
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Hingham, MA Family Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(781) 544-3575 P.O. Box 289
Hingham, MA 02043
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Suffolk University Law School
The Law Office of Deirdre Keefe is a sole proprietorship located in Hingham Massachusetts. After graduating from Suffolk Law School Attorney Keefe has been successfully advocating for her clients on the South Shore and Cape Cod for over 25 years. As a sole practitioner Attorney Keefe will handle all your needs directly, meaning nothing will be missed. An experienced courtroom litigator she will also seek to resolve issues before they go to trail, and gain the most advantageous outcome for the families and businesses that she represents. Please call and set a time that is convenient for...
Joseph Eisenstadt
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Westwood, MA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(617) 523-3500 355 Providence Hwy
Westwood, MA 02090
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Emory University School of Law
Kevin William Gaughen
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East Weymouth, MA Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(781) 335-0374 528 Broad St
East Weymouth, MA 02189
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Suffolk University Law School
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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.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.