Our goal in providing effective representation is to achieve for our client a resolution that offers reasonable financial security without unnecessary legal fees or emotional costs. We expect our client to have a central place in a team effort. Careful attention is paid to financial issues, including identifying and valuing assets and sources of income and considering their income tax consequences. We often work with other professionals, such as our client's accountant or our own valuation experts.
The goal in most family law matters is the completion of a written agreement which expresses clearly a satisfactory resolution of all issues. Most of our divorce cases are concluded with a document which addresses in detail the issues of custody of children (often called a "Parenting Plan"), division of property, whether alimony or child support is to be paid by one party to the other, what circumstances may affect an adjustment of the amount of support to be paid, what insurance is to be maintained, and various income tax considerations. Although guidelines for the resolution of some issues are provided by Massachusetts law and its customary application, it is the unique situation of each family that shapes the resolution of both financial and personal issues.
It is frequently necessary to appear in the Probate and Family Court to obtain temporary orders to clarify financial and custodial responsibilities or to obtain information necessary to the discovery process. In those few cases which can only be resolved finally by a court, we are prepared to provide effective representation at trial.