Holland, Massachusetts Family Lawyers

Christine Brosnihan
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Dudley, MA Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(508) 949-0080 265A West Main Street
Dudley, MA 01571
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Nova Southeastern University
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Alison Silber
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Longmeadow, MA Family Law Lawyer
(413) 384-6855 1200 Converse Street
Suite 101
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Family and Divorce
University of Maryland - Baltimore
Attorney Silber specializes in family law, mediation, and negotiation. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, Attorney Silber joined Teach For America and taught English to low income students in New Orleans. Attorney Silber then attended the University of Maryland School of Law, where she participated in the negotiation team and won the school’s negotiation competition. Attorney Silber was a student attorney in the University of Maryland’s Mediation Clinic, and she became certified in mediation and family law mediation. She has mediated domestic relations matters, as well as matters in...
Wilbraham, MA Family Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(413) 596-2040 85 Post Office Park
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Medical Malpractice
Wilbraham, MA Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(413) 537-1429 315 Soule Rd
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Julia Rueschemeyer
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Springfield, MA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(413) 885-9338 75 Market St, Floor 3
Springfield, MA 01103
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Getting divorced and resolving family law issues involves transitions that are not easy. I am an experienced divorce mediator and family lawyer, and I will guide you through these transitions with compassion, treating you and your concerns with respect. We will work together, one issue at a time, to create solutions that work for you and your family and ensure that the focus stays on the healthiest process and outcome for you and your children. I use only non-adversarial processes—mediation, collaborative law divorce, and out-of-court negotiations—which emphasize open, respectful communication. These methods of reaching agreements avoid the high costs,...
Justin Lee Kelsey
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Southborough, MA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(508) 655-5980 9 Main Street
Southborough, MA 01772
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Probate
Boston University
Using knowledge and training to find fair solutions that help bring an END to disputes. We are a FAMILY that helps other families resolve CONFLICT.
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
Meghan L. Howard joined Stopa & Associates as an Associate Attorney in July 2015. Ms. Howard focuses her practice in family law, divorce, personal injury, criminal defense.

A native of Jupiter, Florida, Ms. Howard received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Central Florida in 2011. During her time at the University of Central Florida, Ms. Howard was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity. Ms. Howard was also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society while she attended Palm Beach State College prior to transferring to the University of Central...
Elena Tsizer
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Framingham, MA Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(508) 820-3000 188 Concord Street, Suite 301
Framingham, MA 01702
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Boston University School of Law and New England Law | Boston
Attorney Elena Tsizer graduated from New England School of Law cum laude, in the top 15% of her class and, then, earned her Master of Laws degree in Taxation with concentration in Estate Planning from Boston University. After graduation from law school, she had the honor of serving as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court in Suffolk, Middlesex, Bristol and Worcester Counties, where she conducted research on complex legal issues, wrote legal memoranda, drafted decisions, findings of fact, and conclusions of law while working under close supervision of the Justices. ...
Howard Lewis
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Framingham, MA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(508) 370-3400 411 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA 01702
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
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...
Victor A. Denaro
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Framingham, MA Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(508) 620-5320 945 Concord St
Framingham, MA 01701
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Business and Personal Injury
Gonzaga University School of Law
I continue representing Debtors, who are average people who have usually been hit with bad situations, like job loss, medical treatment and the overwhelming bills or divorce. I continue to help them get relief from unmanageable debt in a number of ways, like debt workout or through the Bankruptcy Court with the filing of a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy. I have 33 years experience in the Bankruptcy Court in Massachusetts and with the appointed chapter 7 and chapter 13 trustees in Massachusetts which helps when navigating the case through to its conclusion which is the discharge of...
Oran Kaufman
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Amherst, MA Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(413) 256-1575 417 West Street
Suite 110
Amherst, MA 01002
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Elder
I graduated from Washington University in 1985 and obtained my J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 1988. I clerked for the justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1988-1989 and in 1989 began practicing as an attorney with Burres Fidnick and Booth. I became a partner at what then became Burres Fidnick Booth and Kaufman in 1996. In 2004, after 15 years of working with my law partners I decided to start a solo practice. Since 1989 my practice has concentrated in the area of domestic relations. This includes divorces, paternities, divorce modifications, work with non-traditional families,...
Kathleen A. O'Malley
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Springfield, MA Family Law Lawyer
(413) 746-4400 265 State St
Springfield, MA 01103
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Probate
Western New England University School of Law
Mandy M. Hebert
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Worcester, MA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(508) 692-9151 340 Main Street Suite 302
Worcester, MA 01609
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Massachusetts School of Law
The legal process can be overwhelming and intimidating. I strive to provide calm through the legal storm. As an experienced family law litigator, I work diligently to meet all of your legal needs including all aspects of divorce proceedings, child custody issues, restraining orders, child support, alimony, modifications and contempts. When clients work with me, they know they will get an aggressive attorney who will fight for their rights, while meeting their needs with sensitivity. I help the legal process make sense. I attended college at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and...
Larri Parker Esq
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Worcester, MA Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(508) 795-0200 490 Shrewsbury Street
Piccadilly Plaza, Suite C
Worcester, MA 01604
Family, Business and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Larri Tonelli Parker is an experienced divorce mediator, family law attorney and small business advisor. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. She is a member of the Worcester County Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Florida, Maine and Massachusetts.
Stephen F McDonough Esq.
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Norfolk, MA Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(508) 359-4043 65 Holbrook St
Suite 270
Norfolk, MA 02056
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Probate
Suffolk University Law School
I am a divorce and family law attorney and mediator in Massachusetts, and the owner of Next Phase Legal LLC in Norfolk, MA. I also provide parenting coordination services and am a trained collaborative law practitioner.

For more info about me, you can read my full bio here: http://nextphaselegal.com/about-us/stephen-mcdonough/
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 Lawrence Roncone III
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Leominster, MA Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(978) 534-2444 142 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Attorney John L. Roncone, III. (Jay), began his practice of law in 1991 after graduating from Gettysburg College (PA) and the New England School of Law (Boston, MA). He has practiced primarily in the areas of: personal injury (auto accidents, dog bites, slip and fall), criminal defense (assault, DWI/OUI, drug charges, etc.) and family law (divorce, child support, restraining orders, adoption, etc.). He has extensive experience representing clients in the various District Courts, Probate and Family Courts, Superior Courts, and Federal Courts within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has also successfully represented parties in numerous arbitration and mediation hearings, saving...
Matthew Barach
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Framingham, MA Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(888) 209-7080 40 Speen Street, Suite 205
Framingham, MA 01701
Family and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Matthew Barach is a seasoned family law and divorce lawyer serving clients throughout Framingham, MA. He offers counsel for same-sex divorce, child custody, paternity, and various other legal issues. Attorney Barach holds a 9.3 Superb Avvo Rating and 20+ years of proven experience. It is Attorney Barach’s goal to resolve his clients’ cases in an efficient manner so that they can move forward with their lives. He is well-versed in all the laws surrounding divorce and similar cases and uses this insight to benefit his clients’ situations. Attorney Barach is also familiar with local judges, giving him an insider perspective...
Jason Carrozza
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Franklin, MA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(508) 803-1333 2 Master Drive, Suite 4
Franklin, MA 02038
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
New England Law | Boston
Jason M. Carrozza is a partner and founder of Family Legal Partners, P.C. Attorney Carrozza was previously the owner of Carrozza Law Office, P.C., a law firm which also focused on family law and estate planning. In 2014, Jason was selected as a Massachusetts Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers and Boston Magazine. Attorney Carrozza graduated from New England Law with magna cum laude honors. Admitted to practice before the Massachusetts Courts, he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Attorney Carrozza has been certified to accept trial level state intervention assignments for the Children and...
Frank Gaynor III
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Norfolk, MA Family Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(508) 528-8400 P.O. Box 186
Norfolk, MA 02056
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Boston College
The Law Office of Frank Gaynor has advised hundreds of Massachusetts clients about family law matters since 1980. If you need assistance in dealing with your family situation, or would just like to learn what options are available to you, please visit our website to learn more about the issues involved in various types of family law actions. www.GaynorLegal.com
Elizabeth K. Halloran
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Springfield, MA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(508) 425-6330 75 Market Street
Suite 740
Springfield, MA 01103
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
New England Law | Boston
Elizabeth K. Halloran, Associate Attorney with the firm concentrates her practice in all aspects of divorce and family law, criminal defense, personal injury, litigation and real estate. Ms. Halloran began her practice of law in 2012 after earning her Juris Doctor from New England Law | Boston.

Prior to joining Murphy & Rudolf, LLP, Ms. Halloran practiced in a general practice in Leominster, focusing on both Criminal Defense and Family Law matters. Ms. Halloran was a Prosecutor/Assistant District Attorney with the Worcester County District Attorney's Office where she handled prosecution of various felonies and misdemeanors before the District and Superior...
Sarah Y. Hubbard
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Medfield, MA Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(508) 359-4043 266 Main Street
Suite 16
Medfield, MA 02052
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Suffolk University Law School
Melanie Soloman
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Milford, MA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(508) 808-4944 14 South Bow Stret
Milford, MA 01757
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
Massachusetts School of Law
Mr. Robert W Kovacs Jr.
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Worcester, MA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(508) 443-4864 131 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Foreclosure Defense
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I am dedicated to working with individuals to work through hardships that life sometimes brings. Our firm handles consumer bankruptcy, family law and injury cases. Many people, through no fault of their own, have debt that overwhelms their life. Bankruptcy is one option that may end this burden. Others face hardships in life at the end of a relationship or injuries and I am there to help through these difficult times to ensure your rights are protected.
Irwin Pollack
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Southborough, MA Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(508) 502-7002 304 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
Family and Divorce
Massachusetts School of Law
Attorney Irwin M. Pollack founded one of the largest divorce and family law firms in the Massachusetts region, Pollack Law Group, P.C., and employs a team of quality attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals. In addition, he hosts a weekly radio segment, Talking About Divorce, and created Co-Parenting After Divorce, another radio segment. He passionately educates fellow attorneys and the general public in family law and regularly travels around Massachusetts to lead divorce workshops and seminars. Attorney Pollack is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut and has successfully represented thousands of clients.
Christopher H. Mingace
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Framingham, MA Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(508) 626-8500 276 Union Ave
Framingham, MA 01702
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Christopher H. Mingace has practiced law in the state of Massachusetts for the past 25 years, helping families navigate the complex legal world in which we live. Attorney Mingace began his career as a solo practitioner helping families in the areas of personal injury, business formation, bankruptcy, family law, criminal law, real estate transactions and basic wills and trusts. Clients have given him great trust to help generations of their family members. Attorney Mingace prides himself in zealous representation of his clients. He finds reliable attorneys to assist family members when they seek assistance in areas in which he...
Yuliya M. Fisher-Nayyer
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Natick, MA Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(508) 843-0750 220 N. Main Street
Suite 301
Natick, MA 01760
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Attorney and Mediator assisting clients in family law and child welfare issues, throughout the Greater Boston area.
Kevin D. Quinlan
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Uxbridge, MA Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(508) 723-6384 Suite 201
P.O. Box 248
Uxbridge, MA 01569
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Jenny A Daniell Esq.
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Amherst Center, MA Family Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(413) 253-6600 30 Boltwood Walk
Amherst Center, MA 01002
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Northeastern University School of Law
I am a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law (class of 1984). I became a lawyer to help people and to make a meaningful contribution to the betterment of our society and to social justice. That remains the core of my professional orientation..
Cheryl Tracy
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Norfolk, MA Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(508) 528-8400 P.O. Box 186
Norfolk, MA 02056
Free ConsultationFamily
Boston College
The Law Office of Frank Gaynor has advised hundreds of Massachusetts clients about family law matters since 1980. Our husband & wife team of attorneys and skilled paralegal can apply their legal knowledge and experience to assist you in successfully resolving your specific family situation. If you need assistance in dealing with your family situation, or would just like to learn what options are available to you, please visit our website to learn more about the issues involved in various types of family law actions.
Brian D. Roman
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North Attleboro, MA Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(508) 576-5922 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.
William S Smith
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Holden, MA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(774) 317-9287 997 Main Street
Holden, MA 01520
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Estate Planning
Attorney William S. Smith is the co-author of “Warrantless Searches of Persons or Places” in the award-winning reference manual used by attorneys, “Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts.” He has been an invited lecturer and instructor at many continuing legal education seminars and conferences for attorneys. The founder of the first and only website for appellate criminal defense attorneys in the state, he was also a guest on a major television talk show in Boston. As a bar association leader, Attorney Smith has testified before the Massachusetts Judiciary Committee in the Statehouse multiple times with respect to criminal justice legislation. He...
Gabrielle L. Denby
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Natick, MA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(781) 536-5830 2 Summer Street
Suite 19
Natick, MA 01760
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Estate Planning
Suffolk University Law School and Syracuse University
Attorney Gabrielle L. Denby founded The Denby Law Office, P.C. in October 2015, and represents clients in all areas of Family Law & Divorce Litigation, Probate and Estate Planning, and LGBTQ/Same-Sex/Non-Traditional Law in Natick, Massachusetts and the Greater Boston Area.

?While Gabrielle is a trial attorney and zealously represents clients in litigating divorce, complex and high-asset divorce, modification, contempt, custody, separate support, and paternity/parentage actions, she always aims to avoid unnecessary and costly litigation. Gabrielle is a strong advocate for alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaboration. Consequently, Gabrielle enters each case with the mindset of a negotiator so as to assist...
Brian Waller
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Worcester, MA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(508) 986-9966 250 Commercial Street
Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
New England Law | Boston
I transitioned to divorce and family law after 15+ years working in accounting and operations for start-up technology companies. I strongly believe lawyers overlook the client experience and often force clients to work their way instead of the best way for the client. This means only being available during regular business hours, poor communication, and a less-than-clear understanding of the law related to their case.

My firm's approach starts with the client. We are committed to flexibility and working for and partnering with every client in the most efficient way for them. For parents, a mid-day meeting is frequently a big...
Joel A. Abu
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Marlborough, MA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(508) 254-4156 616 Boston Post Rd., Ste. 9
Marlborough, MA 01752
Free ConsultationFamily
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
I have been an attorney since the year 2000. I have frequently volunteered to help the indigent for several legal aid societies to offer them competent legal representation. I concentrate in the area of family law. A great majority of my work has dealt with domestic violence issues.
Isaac J. Mass
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Greenfield, MA Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(413) 768-8500 289 Main Street
Suite 201
Greenfield, MA 01301
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Western New England University School of Law
Picture Isaac Mass is a dedicated and zealous advocate for clients throughout Massachusetts and Vermont. He brings his knowledge and practical experience to bear inside and outside of the courtroom on behalf of his clients. Committed to providing excellent legal representation with responsiveness and communication, Attorney Mass works candidly with clients at the outset of any matter to identify the clients objectives and chart a strategic course to optimize the chance of achieving those goals.
Jacqueline D. Cameron Chappell
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Worcester, MA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(508) 966-0010 51 Union Street
Suite 118
Worcester, MA 01608
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Attorney Chappell holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Summa Cum Laude in Political Science and Government from Framingham State University and a Juris Doctorate from UMass School of Law at Dartmouth where she was a Dean’s Honors Fellow mentor, and a research & writing assistant and tutor.  In addition to her legal credentials she has a corporate background which includes positions held within several industries including in architectural engineering, military and government technology contracts, financial investment services and national construction management.

Former partner with civil litigation firm Blais & Parent, J. Cameron Chappell is admitted in several courts including: The United...
Lawrence Army
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Worcester, MA Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(508) 793-1900 370 Main St
Suite 900
Worcester, MA 01608
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Suffolk University Law School
Assisting Worcester and the surrounding areas of divorce, real estate, and business litigation, Attorney Larry is especially committed to helping families through a variety of complex family law issues, using intuitive and professional techniques to achieve clients’ goals.
Cherie McKenna
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Springfield, MA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(413) 241-7906 75 Market Place, Suite 400
Springfield, MA 01103
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Cherie L. McKenna, Esq. is the sole proprietor of the Law Office of Cherie L. McKenna, in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she practices all aspects of family law and provides mediation services in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties. Over one-third of Cherie’s practice is devoted to mediation services, as she enjoys assisting clients to resolution of their differences. Practicing for over 20 years with extensive experience in divorce and family law as well as civil litigation, insurance defense, appellate litigation and criminal defense, Cherie is dedicated to advocating for her clients and working to achieve successful resolution...
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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.