Westford, Massachusetts Family Lawyers

Christopher H. Mingace
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Massachusetts Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience

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... 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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Erin Fitch Nielson
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Chelmsford, MA Family Law Lawyer
(978) 250-0710 235 Billerica Rd.
Chelmsford, MA 01886
Family
Tameka Grantham
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Chelmsford, MA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(978) 341-5044 5 Fletcher Street
2nd Floor, Suite D
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
St. Thomas University School of Law
My practice is primarily focused on consumer bankruptcy, drunk driving defense, criminal defense, and family law. My goal is help you find justice whether you are experiencing financial difficulties, have been arrested and charged with a crime, or have some other legal problem. It can be intimidating talking to a lawyer, especially when it comes to personal matters. I understand that no two cases are alike and I work hard to develop creative strategies to help my clients achieve the best results possible.
Nancy A. Morency
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Chelmsford, MA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(978) 925-6041 1 Olde North Road
Suite 103
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Nancy A. Morency an attorney at Gallant & Ervin, LLC in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She specializes in all aspects of family law and litigation throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

Whether you are in just the initial stages of a divorce and need some questions answered or need an attorney to see you through to the end, Attorney Morency can assist you. With her knowledge, experience and compassion, Attorney Morency can effectively represent you in your divorce to help ease this difficult process. She also assists clients with custody and parenting time for unwed parents, child support/spousal support, as well as...
Brian T Akashian
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Chelmsford, MA Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(978) 459-6320 One Courthouse Lane
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, DUI and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
Todd D. Beauregard
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Lowell, MA Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(978) 275-1919 25 Central Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Workers' Comp
Suffolk University Law School
Practice: Upon graduation from law school and having passed the Massachusetts Bar Examination in 1995, Attorney Beauregard joined the law firm of Palma Law Offices, P.C., in Lowell, Massachusetts. Attorney Beauregard opened his own practice in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2006, whose main office is located at 25 Central Street in Lowell, MA 01852. Since 2006, the firm has grown to meet the increased demand for experienced and ethical legal representation, with offices in Nashua, NH, North Andover, MA and Boston, MA. Attorney Beauregard is licensed to practice in all Massachusetts state courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the United States Federal Court...
James D. Cormier
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Lowell, MA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 458-3580 755 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney James D. Cormier is a partner at Cormier & Cormier, LLP, a small firm in Lowell, Massachusetts specializing in criminal defense, family law (divorce, paternity, support, alimony, etc.), civil litigation, and estate planning. Attorney Cormier is a former Middlesex County trial prosecutor who now focuses his experience on aggressively defending clients charged with criminal offenses throughout Eastern Massachusetts.
Michael A. Manzi
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Lowell, MA Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(978) 275-9255 177 Market Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Free ConsultationFamily, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Manzi is a founding partner at Manzi, Seccareccio & Merwin, PC. located at 177 Market Street in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. He has been practicing in Massachusetts since 1996 and was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 1997. His practice is primarily focused on Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support. He has also dedicated a significant portion of his practice to defending individuals charged with criminal conduct. Attorney Manzi spent several years working as a Bar Advocate in Lowell District Court representing indigent defendants.

Attorney Manzi also helps clients with corporate start-up, wills, trusts and...
Waino Walker Kangas
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West Concord, MA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(978) 369-0001 9 Damonmill Square
West Concord, MA 01742
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Arnold & Kangas, P.C. is a full-service law firm with offices in the historic Damonmill Square building in Concord, Massachusetts. Since Thomas B. Arnold and Jeanne S. Kangas founded our law firm in 1984, we have prided ourselves on delivering superior, cost-effective legal services to clients in Middlesex County. While we do not handle every type of case, we have experience and are knowledgeable about the types of cases we do handle, such as Probate & Family Court cases, criminal defense, estate planning, and general civil litigation. As a result of the firm's expertise and success, it has been awarded an...
Annasophia Salvia
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Acton, MA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(978) 264-0250 289 Great Road, Suite 101
Acton, MA 01720
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
Anna Salvia concentrates her practice in all areas of domestic relations law, including divorce, paternity, custody, child support, modification, contempt, adoption, and grandparent visitation, as well as the handling of restraining orders. Prior to joining Harsip & Stuart, she gained valuable experience in these areas through internships with the Middlesex Probate and Family Court and the SERV Conciliation program as well as through her participation in the Suffolk University Law School Family Advocacy Clinic and in various pro bono programs with which she had the opportunity to work.
Christopher William Merwin
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Lowell, MA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(978) 970-1133 177 Market Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
Massachusetts School of Law
Attorney Merwin grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He received his high school diploma from Redbank Valley High School, his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and his Doctorate of Juris Prudence from the Massachusetts School of Law.

Prior to following his dream and attending law school, Attorney Merwin was employed by the Clarion County District Attorney's Office in Pennsylvania. In that capacity, he developed his passion for law and established an understanding for the criminal system.

Attorney Merwin's areas of practice include, but are not limited to, Landlord/Tenant, Divorce, Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury.

Victor A. Denaro
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Massachusetts Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience

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... Read More »
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Sheara Friend
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Concord, MA Family Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(978) 464-9001 676 Elm Street, Suite 400
Concord, MA 01742
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Sheara Friend’s family law practice is built upon her reputation as a fierce advocate for individuals and families. A seasoned courtroom champion, Sheara has devoted over thirty years to the practice of family law, including all aspects of divorce and separation, complaints for contempt and modification, and appeals. She is well-versed in high net-worth divorces, mediation, and collaborative law. Sheara has experience in all aspects of family law, including parenting plans, contested custody matters, out-of-state removal, estrangement, alienation, children’s rights, parental rights, child support, paternity, alimony/spousal support, domestic violence, restraining orders, neglect and abuse. Her practice also includes...
David King Reppucci
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Lowell, MA Family Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(978) 458-1296 147 East Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Family, Business, Elder and Estate Planning
New England Law | Boston
Maxa Schutzbank Berid
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Lowell, MA Family Law Lawyer with 51 years experience
(978) 459-0396 327 Gorham Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Family, Divorce and Elder
Brooklyn Law
Greg Krikorian
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Cambridge, MA Family Law Lawyer
(978) 844-7401 185 Alewife Brook Pkwy
Suite 416
Cambridge, MA 02138
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Patrice Brymner
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Acton, MA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(978) 393-1833 5-B Spruce Street
Acton, MA 01720
Family and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Ellen Anna Wright
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Tewksbury, MA Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(978) 851-2291 1445 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
Massachusetts School of Law
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 the Massachusetts Bar Association. She has been recognized by the Client Securities Board for her pro bono contributions was recently recognized by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as one of the top 10 family law attorneys in 2017. She is a volunteer conciliator for the Middlesex County Bar Association. She is a graduate of Salem State College...
Allan Baron
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N. Andover, MA Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(978) 674-8530 65 Flagship Drive
Suite A
N. Andover, MA 01845
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Suffolk University Law School
I am a Divorce Attorney, Mediator and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. I have a practical view of the world and I am committed to providing cost effective legal problem solving services. Attorney Profile: http://www.baronlawmediation.com/bios/attorney-allan-baron/
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...
Miriam G. Altman
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Lexington, MA Family Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(781) 862-4448 57 Bedford Street, Suite 106
Lexington, MA 02420
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Georgetown University Law Center
Miriam G. Altman concentrates her legal practice in divorce and family law matters. Following her admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985, she represented individuals in matrimonial law cases and civil litigation at the Boston law firm of Sherburne, Powers & Needham, PC, now known as Holland & Knight, LLP. As a partner, she served as chair of the firm’s family law department. In 2002, she established the predecessor firm to Law Offices of Miriam G. Altman, PC, in Lexington, MA.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Altman received a BA from Barnard College, magna cum laude, and a JD degree, cum...
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...
Miguel Nieves
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North Andover, MA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(978) 681-5454 4 High Street, Suite 306
North Andover, MA 01845
Family and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Since his admission to the bar in Massachusetts in 2001, Miguel A. Nieves has earned a strong reputation for helping people facing domestic relations issues throughout southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has successfully and compassionately guided clients through all aspects of the divorce process as well as post-divorce issues.

Attorney Nieves uses patience and practicality when devising a strategy to meet the goals of those he represents. He is adept at handling matters inside and outside the courtroom. Although his goal is to resolve matters short of trial, Attorney Nieves has had numerous successful jury and bench trials throughout his...
Amy Beth Baron
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North Andover, MA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(978) 674-8530 65 Flagship Drive Suite A
North Andover, MA 01845
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
I am an Attorney, Mediator and Registered Nurse. My company is Baron Law & Mediation, LLP - http://www.baronlawmediation.com. Our practice areas include divorce/family law, estate/small business planning and advice/consultation services. We provide our clients with mediation, litigation, or general representation services along with divorce financial analyst services. I have been an Attorney for 12 years and a Registered Nurse for 21 years. I have pursued my education and training becoming a Certified Case Manager in 2005 and a Certified Nurse Life Care Plannner in 2004. I have also undergone the requisite training to practice...
Barbra Ilene Black
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Woburn, MA Family Law Lawyer with 27 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...
Kevin M. Dwyer Jr.
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Waltham, MA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(781) 760-9662 707 Main St
Waltham, MA 02451
Family, Civil Rights, Criminal and Probate
Suffolk University
Former Assistant District Attorney in Boston, MA providing professional, prepared and passionate advocacy with extensive jury trial experience focusing on criminal defense, family law, litigation, land use/zoning matters in Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Erin Whelan Pennock
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Belmont, MA Family Law Attorney with 12 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...
Philip J. Byers
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Andover, MA Family Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(978) 474-9969 15 Chestnut Street
Andover, MA 01810
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Probate
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Byers is well know for his knowledge in the family law area including, divorce, custody, modifications, paternity, child support, alimony, and parenting plans, as well as mediation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Massachusetts Chapter since 1990 and is an Amicus Curiae Committee Member for the National American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2013-Present- Successfully involved with federal challenges in various states: case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing same-sex marriage.
Michael L. Rich
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Waltham, MA Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(781) 373-1582 37 Middlesex Circle
Unit 21
Waltham, MA 02452
Free ConsultationFamily and Juvenile
Howard University School of Law and Northeastern University
Protecting families in Massachusetts since 1982. Concentrating in Children's and Family Law. Primarily defending parents accused of abuse or neglect during DCF investigations, assessments, Fair Hearings, and court proceedings.
Paul King
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Tewksbury, MA Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(978) 851-5145 1501 Main St
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Tewksbury, MA 01876
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Robert Paul Luber
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Andover, MA Family Law Lawyer
(978) 224-1190 300 Brickstone Square
Suite 201
Andover, MA 01810
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Massachusetts School of Law
Attorney Robert Luber has a sincere passion for practicing family law and has experience with many different types of divorce cases including high-conflict divorce, contested and uncontested divorce. He has also represented many clients with child custody, paternal actions, modifications, contempt, and equity actions. Mr. Luber is proud to have helped many clients navigate the complex matters and difficulties they often faced when attempting to resolve legal issues when emotions prevail and compromise seems impossible to come by. In addition, he is a strong advocate for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and is Certified as...
Nicole K Socci
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North Andover, MA Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(978) 681-5454 4 High Street
Suite 306
North Andover, MA 01845
Family and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
Partner at boutique law firm concentrating in domestic relations practice, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, alimony, child support, paternity/parentage, child custody and post-divorce matters. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts.
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...
Namita Agarwal
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Andover, MA Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(978) 905-9992 3 Dundee Park, B10
Andover, MA 01810
Free ConsultationFamily and Immigration
Northeastern University School of Law
Attorney Namita Agarwal practices in the area of Family Law and Immigration Law, with particular attention to divorce/separation, safety planning, battered woman claims, political asylum cases, and family-based immigration petitions.
Eric Schutzbank Esq
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North Andover, MA Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(978) 655-4282 800 Turnpike Avenue
Suite 304
North Andover, MA 01845
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Eric Schutzbank has over twenty years of experience practicing family, probate and criminal law. He represents individual clients, is trained for mediation, and also practices Collaborative Law. Eric is appointed by the Probate & Family Courts in Massachusetts as a Guardian Ad Litem and to represent children. He handles all facets of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, contempt actions, guardianships and parenting plans. Eric is also admitted to practice in New Hampshire, where his sole area of practice is in domestic relations matters. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan...
Edwin H Howard II
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Fitchburg, MA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(978) 627-4155 154 Prichard St
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
Massachusetts School of Law
Les Wallerstein
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Lexington, MA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
1620 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
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...
Gina Maria Ghioldi
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Lexington, MA Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(781) 674-2161 57 Bedford Street
Suite 115
Lexington, MA 02420
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Gina Ghioldi is the founding partner of The Law Office of Gina M. Ghioldi, P.C., a four attorney civil practice law firm located in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Simmons College and Suffolk University Law School. Gina is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Gina manages the firm and works very closely with Attorney Rebecca Ryan and Attorney Rhonda Levey on all the firm’s domestic relations cases. She also provides pre-divorce consulting services and acts as a divorce strategist for individuals involved in mediation. Gina receives many client referrals from clergy, mental health...
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...
Freya Allen Shoffner
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Stoneham, MA Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(617) 369-0111 90 Maple Street
Suite 3A
Stoneham, MA 02180
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Estate Planning
Suffolk University Law School
After ten years in business herself, Freya Shoffner gave up her search for a good lawyer for her small company and her family and went to law school. Her goal was to build a law firm that could take care of a small business’ every legal need – from the initial brainstorm, through the years of careful tending, to the flood of profits when the benefits are secured for generations to come. She also wanted that firm to give families, in all asset brackets, the best estate planning possible. Freya reached her goal, and now Boston has a law...
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
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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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