Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Family Lawyers

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.
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.
Elizabeth K. Halloran
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Worcester, MA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(508) 425-6330 1 Mercantile Street
Suite 740
Worcester, MA 01608
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...
Jeffrey Allan Miller Esq.
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Worcester, MA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(508) 615-5997 35 Harvard Street
Suite 311
Worcester, MA 01609
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Construction and Landlord Tenant
Massachusetts School of Law
Jeffrey Allan Miller graduated from Worcester State College with Honors with a B.S. in Psychology, and earned a J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. He attained both degrees while working full time and is no stranger to hard work, which carries over to his legal practice. Attorney Miller is skilled in Family Law, Bankruptcy, Chptr 7, and Civil Litigation, and is prepared to represent you with professionalism, and the quality you deserve. Attorney Miller has a passion for the law, and utilizes his knowledge and...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Aaron Hutchins
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Northborough, MA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(508) 393-6060 6 Maple Street, Suite 201
Northborough, MA 01532
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
New England Law | Boston
Married, father of 3, practicing law since 2008. Hutchins Law, P.C. is a general practice firm specializing in family law, civil litigation, criminal, and estate planning.
Geoffrey Robert German
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Worcester, MA Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(508) 798-9923 108 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Family and Divorce
Attorney Geoffrey R. German graduated Cum Laude in 1981 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as a Commonwealth Scholar. He received his Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. He has been practicing law in Worcester, Massachusetts since 1985, specializing in the practice of family law in the Worcester Probate & Family Court. His expertise includes divorce, custody, paternity, modifications and all post-divorce litigation. Website: http://www.geoffreygerman.com Attorney German has established enduring professional relationships with clients lasting beyond their immediate legal needs. His clients view him as their family lawyer and call upon...
Adam D. Schmaelzle
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Worcester, MA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(774) 314-9124 47 Harvard Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Adam D. Schmaelzle received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. In pursuit of that degree, he set out to expand his knowledge of Juvenile Law and Children and Families Law at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, MA, and the Department of Children and Families Law Department in Arlington, MA. He also developed a greater understanding of Adult Criminal Law during his time clerking for a well respected criminal defense attorney in Boston, MA.

Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, Attorney Schmaelzle set up several corporations and...
Mary Beth Ayvazian
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Worcester, MA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(508) 205-0055 340 Main Street
Suite 302
Worcester, MA 01609
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
As a skilled family law practitioner, Mary Beth is passionate about her work and cares deeply about her clients. This reflects in everything she does. In family law, probate law and bankruptcy, having an attorney who cares enough to work hard and fight for your best interests makes all the difference.
Nicole Reeves Lavallee
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WORCESTER, MA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(508) 425-6945 250 COMMERCIAL STREET
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WORCESTER, MA 01608
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Landlord Tenant
Reeves Lavallee, P.C. is a Worcester area law firm offering services as a general practitioner to the public, focusing mainly on family law, probate, and buying & selling of real estate. One of the top three areas of law in the industry is currently family law, specifically pertaining to divorces, custody, and modifications. Our attorney’s have years of experience in these specific fields to assist the needs of the community. Probate law and estate planning is on the rise, because the baby boomers are now either: (1) seeking to draft wills and do estate planning, or (2) passing away, thus...
James D. O'Brien Jr.
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Worcester, MA Family Law Attorney
(508) 756-2423 370 Main St., suite 800
Worcester, MA 01608
Family
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.
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.
Michael Franklin
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Worcester, MA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(508) 752-2727 5 State Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Western New England University School of Law
Attorney Michael Franklin is a top rated divorce and criminal defense lawyer in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1963 and began his legal internship in the prestigious family law firm of Norman and Ricci in 1984 while a junior at Clark University. He maintained a relationship with this firm throughout law school at Western New England College School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Franklin worked as an associate attorney at Norman and Ricci from 1991 until 1993. Mr. Franklin has maintained his own law practice since 1995. He has been a certified family law...
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...
Mr. James Riley Hodder
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Worcester, MA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(508) 791-5541 333 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01610-1022
Family, Business, Employment and Insurance Claims
Suffolk University Law School
Sarah Briones
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Marlborough, MA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(508) 460-8324 207 Main Street
2nd Floor
Marlborough, MA 01752
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
After graduating from Boston College in 1988, Attorney Briones attended Suffolk University Law School where she received her JD degree with honors.

?Attorney Briones has over 24 years of experience representing clients in Federal and Massachusetts Courts including Civil, Criminal and Probate and Family Court. Prior to attending law school, Sarah worked for a large insurance Company in Boston. During law school, she worked for a well known personal injury firm also in Boston and was hired as an Associate upon graduation. After working there for several years, Attorney Briones opened her own practice where she has been ever...
Steve Morte
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Marlborough, MA Family Law Attorney
(508) 481-2332 74 Main Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Employment
Suffolk University Law School
Mr. Morte is a second-generation trial attorney; his father was a well-known trial attorney and the founding partner of DiBuono, Morse & Morte. In private practice since 1987, Stephen Morte and the staff at the Law Offices of Stephen G. Morte have provided experienced legal services and excellent client service in thousands of cases. To contact his office, call us at 508-481-2332. Attorney Morte began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in 1979. While there, he prosecuted all crimes, including operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol; drug offenses and sex crimes. Attorney Morte worked in most of the District Courts...
John-Paul (Jack) LaPre
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Marlborough, MA Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(855) 479-7107 277 Main Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
Family, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Divorce
Western New England University School of Law
Stephen P. Kelly
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Westborough, MA Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(508) 983-1479 1900 West Park Drive, Suite 280
Westborough, MA 01581
Family, Appeals, Criminal and Divorce
Boston University School of Law
Wendy Jane Rickles
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Worcester, MA Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(508) 752-0499 Suite 1000
255 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609
Family
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
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...
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. ...
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...
Jason Carrozza
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Medway, MA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(508) 803-1333 201 Village Street, Suite D
Medway, MA 02053
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...
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...
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...
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
Danielle A. Thomason
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Leominster, MA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(978) 696-1079 588 Main Street, rte 13
Leominster, MA 01453
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Massachusetts School of Law
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.
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
David L. Rubin
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Framingham, MA Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(508) 875-9797 929 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
At the law office of David L. Rubin, Attorney at Law, our mission is to provide quality legal support and counsel to our clients. We have a reputation for thoroughness and preparedness that is widely recognized and respected in the legal community. We work together, with the client, to achieve the most successful client outcome. Our attorneys are committed, experienced lawyers who take our responsibilities seriously, knowing that the results we achieve for our client will have lasting impact on their lives. We assist our clients in the following practice areas: Business & Real Estate Litigation, Divorce & Family Law,...
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...
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.
Lisa J Smith
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Natick, MA Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(508) 652-0011 220 North Main Street, Suite 301
Natick, MA 01760
Family and Divorce
University of Colorado - Boulder
Joseph Robert Leone
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Framingham, MA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(508) 820-8700 1101 Worcester Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Joseph Leone graduated Suma Cum Laude from Suffolk University and Cum Laude from Suffolk University Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Website: http://www.LeoneLawOffices.com
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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.