Stoneham, Massachusetts Family Lawyers

Dennis Benzan Esq.
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I provide exceptional legal representation in all areas of family law. I will work tirelessly to deliver results for you and your family! Call for a free consultation, visit my website to see results and testimonials.
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Ellen Anna Wright
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Massachusetts Family Law Lawyer

ELLEN ANNA WRIGHT is the Senior Attorney at Wright Family Law Group in Tewksbury specializing in all aspects of Family Law. She is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, Greater Lowell Bar... Read More »
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Christopher H. Mingace
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Massachusetts Family Law Lawyer

Suffolk University Law SchoolMassachusetts
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Phil A. Taylor
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Stoneham, MA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(781) 438-7100 2 Main Street, Suite 325
Stoneham, MA 02180
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Collections and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Rosanne Paula Klovee
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Stoneham, MA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(781) 438-5222 92 Montvale Avenue
Suite 2700
Stoneham, MA 02180
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
Andrew E. Willems
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Stoneham, MA Family Law Lawyer
38 Montvale Avenue
Suite 207
Stoneham, MA 02180
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Estate Planning and Landlord Tenant
Boston College Law School
Johanna Gatta
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Stoneham, MA Family Law Lawyer
(617) 791-8887 61 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Stoneham, MA Family Law Lawyer
(781) 438-4600 92 Montvale Ave
Stoneham, MA 02180
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Barbra Ilene Black
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Woburn, MA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(781) 569-5840 18 Commerce Way
Suite 1650
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Suffolk University
Barbra I. Black has been practicing law for over twenty five years and is a founding member and the managing partner of Black, Vitelli & Pennock, LLC. Attorney Black was a former partner at the Boston, MA law firm of Burns & Levinson, LLP, where she practiced for over eight years in the firm's Divorce and Family Law group. Prior to that, she was a solo practitioner for several years, focusing her practice in the area of domestic relations litigation.

Attorney Black concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce & family law in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Attorney Black...
Christopher J Finn
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Woburn, MA Family Law Attorney
(781) 484-1066 400 TradeCenter Drive, Suite 5900
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Raised in Saugus, Massachusetts, on Boston’s north shore, Attorney Christopher J. Finn is proud to have established his law office in the town in which he grew up. Chris received his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School located in downtown Boston, with a Business Law and Financial Services Concentration with Distinction. He served on the Editorial Board of his law school’s Transnational Law Review and has won an award for his outstanding oral advocacy. Chris has appeared and successfully argued motions and trials in the District, Superior and Probate and Family Courts of the Commonwealth...
Peri S. Kutchin
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Woburn, MA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(781) 281-8960 12 Gill Street
Suite 1950
Woburn, MA 01801
Family and Divorce
Massachusetts School of Law
Peri brings a unique set of qualities to her law practice as she pursued her law degree after raising two children and working in a family business as a Comptroller. She is a strong believer that her life experiences coupled with her financial background play an important role in advocating for her clients. Peri devotes a high level of personal attention and detail to each of her clients and understands that not all domestic relation issues occur between 9 and 5. Peri specializes in divorce, custody, child support, alimony, property division, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, restraining orders and abuse protection...
Kathleen B. Reynolds
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Woburn, MA Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(781) 935-7104 390 Main Street
Suite 200
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Massachusetts School of Law
My practice focuses on family law and criminal defense. I provide honest and practical advice to my clients, paying particular attention to their individual needs. My clients take an active role in their cases and we work together to obtain just, timely and cost-effective results.
Cheryl Garrity
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Burlington, MA Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(781) 425-6258 111 South Bedford Street, Suite 107
Burlington, MA 01803
Family and Divorce
Northeastern University School of Law
Victor A. Denaro
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Massachusetts Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience

Gonzaga University School of LawMassachusetts and U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
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Kathleen Black Reynolds
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Woburn, MA Family Law Attorney
(781) 277-7399 390 Main Street
Suite 200
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationFamily, Collections, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Massachusetts School of Law
Kathleen has experience representing clients in many legal matters, with a strong focus on criminal defense, RMV hearings, family law and small claims. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and practices throughout the Commonwealth. She is the chair of the Wilmington Historical Commission, and co-founded the Friends of Wilmington Tennis. Kathleen is compassionate, intelligent, and dedicated to her clients. When not assisting clients, she enjoys spending time with her kids, playing tennis, hiking, reading, exploring Cape Ann, and attending local community events. To contact Attorney Reynolds for legal or notary services, please call 781.569.5840, x.205 or email...
Michelle Sacco Massaro
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Woburn, MA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(781) 281-0734 500 W Cummings Park # 2475
Woburn, MA 01801
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Guardianship, Visitation, Division of Marital Property, Tax Consequences of Divorce, Alimony (spousal support), Prenuptial Agreements, Prenuptial Modifications and Wills / Estate Planning. The Law Office of Michelle Sacco Massaro is conveniently located across from the Salem Massachusetts court house and serves Essex County including Amesbury MA, Andover MA, North Andover MA, Ballardvale MA, Beverly MA, Beverly Farms, Boxford MA, West Boxford MA, Bradford MA, Byfield MA, Cape Ann MA, Danvers MA, Essex MA, Georgetown MA, Gloucester MA, Groveland MA, Hamilton MA, South Hamilton MA, Haverhill MA, Ipswich MA, Lawrence MA, Lynn MA, Lynnfield MA, Manchester-by-the-Sea...
Matthew Solomon
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Arlington, MA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(617) 201-9060 190 Mystic Valley Parkway
Arlington, MA 02474
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Northeastern University School of Law
Sallie Vallely
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Woburn, MA Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(781) 281-0635 36 Commerce Way
2nd Floor
Woburn, MA 01801
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Sallie K. Vallely has been practicing law, for 27 years. Attorney Vallely is the founding partner, of the law offices of Sallie K. Vallely. Attorney Vallely practices law in the following areas: criminal law and criminal defense, family law, and probate law. Attorney Vallely is the Supervising Attorney for the Middlesex Defense Attorney Incorporated and supervises lawyers in the Middlesex Superior Court and the Woburn District Court. As part of her position as Supervising Attorney she mentors young lawyers, teaches seminars, and investigates complaints filed against lawyers. Attorney Vallely attends the Middlesex Defense Attorney’s Incorporated Board of Directors meetings, on...
Mr. Christopher Anthony Carbone
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Medford, MA Family Law Attorney
(617) 283-6154 63 Bowen Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Family
Ismail Mohammed
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 14 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...
Desmond Patrick FitzGerald
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(617) 523-6320 185 Devonshire Street, Suite 601
Boston, MA 02110
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Immigration
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Desmond P. FitzGerald is the Principal and Managing Director of Fitzgerald Law Company in Boston, MA. He is a criminal and immigration litigator and has successfully litigated hundreds of immigration cases in Federal court. He has more than 20 decisions published and many of them have created precedent. Attorney FitzGerald is admitted by the Bar to practice law in MA, NH, FL, and Washington D.C. and he is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). For more information visit: http://www.fitzgeraldlawcompany.com and www.fitzgeraldlawcompany.com/espanol/
Howard Lewis
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Framingham, MA Family Law Lawyer with 25 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
Gabriel Cheong
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 11 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.
Lauren Popovitch
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Attorney
(617) 863-7847 2294 Massachusetts Avenue 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02140
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Albany Law School
Popovitch Law LLC practices Divorce and Family Law at the highest level of skill, knowledge, and experience. Lauren Popovitch is a premier Boston Divorce and Family Lawyer with a reputation for excellence and a strong record of success. Lauren Popovitch is committed to achieving the best outcome for you and your family.
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 specializes in large-asset divorce and high-conflict custody cases. As a partner at Fitch, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) (President-Elect of the MA-AAML), and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), Mr. Soilson brings more than 20 years of experience to his cases. Whether litigating a child custody battle and issues over alimony, or mediating a divorce and allocating child-related college expenses, Mr. Soilson is committed to helping people resolve their family matters in a cost-effective, child-centric and dignified manner. For his hard work, Mr. Soilson has earned...
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.
Robert DiLibero
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 38 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...
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...
Ryan S. Caselden
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(617) 863-6447 111 Rice Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Miami School of Law
Lesley Hauser
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 24 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...
David Kiley Wilkinson
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 15 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...
Joseph Eisenstadt
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(617) 523-3500 2 Center Plz
#620
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Emory University School of Law
Steven Charles Goldwyn
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
Thomas E. Hogan II
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Waltham, MA Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(978) 710-9987 738 Main Street #199
Waltham, MA 02451-0616
Family, Administrative, Employment and Estate Planning
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Tom Hogan practices in the areas of employment law, real estate, land use, and professional licensing. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.A., double major in Russian and History, 2005 ) and New England Law | Boston (J.D., 2009), where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, co-chair of the Executive Office on Alumni Relations, and the Executive Budget and Appropriations Committee. Tom has a diverse array of experience in the field of administrative law. While a student, Tom served as a student law clerk for Administrative Law Judges in both the Appellate Tax...
Steven E. Altman
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
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...
Erin Whelan Pennock
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Belmont, MA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(617) 489-2288 83 Leonard Street
Suite 6
Belmont, MA 02478
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Erin Whelan Pennock is an experienced attorney who has a wide range of experience in matters relating to family law and alternative dispute resolution. Attorney Pennock focuses her practice primarily in the areas of family law, specifically divorce, pre and post-nuptial agreements, post-divorce matters involving child custody, visitation, child support, retirement division and alimony. Clients appreciate her compassion and ability to connect with them during a difficult time. Attorney Pennock works with her clients and opposing counsel to create creative solutions to the complicated situations that can arise in the midst of a divorce or child-related dispute. She devotes...
William Galvin
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(617) 523-3500 2 Center Plz
#620
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
New England Law | Boston
Christopher DiBella
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Burlington, MA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(781) 262-3338 127 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803
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...
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...
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
Robert Setterbo
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 9 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...
Edward Krippendorf
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(617) 523-3500 2 Center Plz
#620
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
New England Law | Boston
David Feldman
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer with 41 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.
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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.

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