Wakefield, Massachusetts Family Lawyers

Christopher H. Mingace
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Massachusetts Family Law Lawyer

Suffolk University Law SchoolMassachusetts
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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 Association, and... Read More »
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Dennis Benzan Esq.
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Free Consultation! Determined & Dedicated Family Law Attorney! Legal Expertise!

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. Read More »
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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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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
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
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.
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...
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...
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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Laura J. Cervizzi
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North Reading, MA Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(978) 276-0777 350 Park Street
Park Place South, Suites 201 & 203
North Reading, MA 01864
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Suffolk University
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
Anthony C. Adamopoulos
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(978) 744-9591 133 Washington Street
Salem, MA 01970
Salem, MA Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers and Suffolk University Law School
"HIS PERSEVERANCE IN WORKING TOWARD A SETTLEMENT, EVEN WHEN IT INITIALLY APPEARED THAT THERE COULD BE NO RESOLUTION, PAID OFF FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. MY CLIENT WAS VERY PLEASED"—R. P., Esq., Attorney for plaintiff.

As a Divorce Mediator, Anthony uses his experience and training to help you and your spouse identify primary interests, then resolve issues around the primary interests.
Anthony’s formal training includes graduating from two prestigious programs - the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers Mediation and Negotiation Workshops and the Advanced Training at the Center for Dispute Settlement in Washington, D.C.
In 2018, he was invited...
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...
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
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
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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
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.
David Altman
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Stephen Forlizzi
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Danvers, MA Family Law Attorney with 40 years experience
491 Maple Street, Suite 106
Danvers, MA 01923
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Stephen M. Forlizzi has been representing the rights of accident victims in Massachusetts for over 30 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every case he handles resulting in the best possible recovery for his clients. Over the last three decades he has successfully handled virtually all types of personal injury cases, from the simple to the complex. His goal is to bring about a swift resolution of your claim in a professional yet personable manner, keeping you, the client, well informed, and at ease throughout. Willing and capable of fighting for your rights, Attorney Forlizzi...
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...
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...
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
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.
Cynthia Theresa Runge, Of Counsel
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(617) 399-8751 171 Milk Street
Suite 400
Boston, MA 02109
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Whittier Law School
Cynthia began her legal practice in small law firms where she gained experience in real estate, landlord/tenant and worker's compensation law. She has also been involved in intellectual property matters for several area non-profits including a local museum library. From 2007-2010, Cynthia served as the Coordinator of Court & Divorce Mediation Services at Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge. Since that time, Cynthia's primary focus has been on family law, divorce mediation and juvenile law (care & protection/children requiring assistance matters). Cynthia's objective is to provide compassionate, realistic, and thorough legal representation so her clients transition into the...
Valerie D Napier
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Boston, MA Family Law Lawyer
(617) 320-3711 98 N. Washington Street, Suite 403
Boston, MA 02114
Free ConsultationFamily, Immigration and Personal Injury
Suffolk University
Bart Peter Simonian
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Panagiotis 'Peter' Konstantilakis
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Peabody, MA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(978) 826-5906 8 Essex Center Drive
Peabody, MA 01960
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy and Workers' Comp
Suffolk University Law School
Panagiotis Konstantilakis is a leading trial attorney in Peabody, dedicated to helping clients through difficult legal situations. He is deft at handling cases involving family law, bankruptcy, workers’ compensation, personal injury, and more. He started his career at Sale State College, where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree. He went on to Suffolk University Law School for his Juris Doctor. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Attorney Konstantilakis intentionally keeps a lower caseload so that his existing clients receive the attention they deserve. Call (978) 910-0094 to discuss your case during a free consultation.
Monique Boucher Lamb
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Salem, MA Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(978) 744-8818 26 Lynde Street
Salem, MA 01970
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Monique Boucher Lamb is dedicated to providing comprehensive family law and bankruptcy law representation for individuals throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts. Born and raised in the North Shore, Ms. Lamb has built strong working relationships with fellow lawyers and the local courts, which help her to more effectively protect your rights. Family law practice is extensive and includes: Divorce cases, including property division, alimony, legal separation and same-sex divorce Child custody cases, including visitation, relocation/removal, high-conflict cases and child support Modification of existing orders, including alimony, custody and child support Bankruptcy practice: ...
Kevin Prendergast
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Salem, MA Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(888) 499-8065 30 Church Street
Suite 202
Salem, MA 01970-3779
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Boston College Law School and University of North Carolina School of Law
Kevin Prendergast began practicing law in 1999 as an associate at the law firm of Palmer & Dodge. Within a year's time he passed the Massachusetts Bar Exam and started a legal career that led to the founding of his own firm 4 years later. As a criminal defense and divorce attorney in Salem, Mr. Prendergast has helped dozens of individuals receive the legal help they need. If you would like his assistance with a criminal or family law matter, call his office immediately, or visit his website for more information.
Tracy Fischer
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Danvers, MA Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(617) 477-5877 100 Conifer Hill Drive
Suite 504
Danvers, MA 01923
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Massachusetts divorce mediator, Attorney Tracy Fischer has practiced Massachusetts Family Law since 1987 and has mediated divorces in Massachusetts since 1990. Tracy's BA Degree from Tulane University in Psychology and J.D. degree from Suffolk University School of Law provide her with the background to work with people who are in emotional crisis and to assist them in crafting legally binding divorce agreements. Tracy is a Certified Massachusetts Divorce Mediator and Board Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Tracy is a trained divorce mediator and has over 19 years of experience assisting couples in achieving an amicable resolution to an often...
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
Jill MacDonald
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Boston, MA Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(617) 778-1000 529 Main St
#128
Boston, MA 02129
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
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.
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Dealing with family law issues?

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

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

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

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


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