Divorce & Child Custody
Divorce and custody matters can be confusing, emotional, and overwhelming. When faced with the unknown, having an advocate you can trust will allow you to reach the best possible outcome. Our thoughtful team approach will help you handle your case with grace and humility while protecting your assets and transitioning your family into its next phase of life. Let us help you make the right moves.
Services we offer:
- Uncontested (1A) Divorce When you and your spouse are in agreement on all issues, we will work with you to file a complete separation agreement with the court.
- Contested Divorce A common occurrence, when both parties do not agree on issues of separation. This can lead to litigation, where the court will resolve the issues. We work with our clients to represent their cases during contested divorce. We proudly offer child custody and divorce services in Newton, Brookline, Needham, Natick, Somerville, Wellesley, Wayland, Weston, MetroWest & Middlesex County.
- Parenting and Custody This is a very sensitive and important area in many divorces, and covers a wide variety of issues, including how much time each parent will spend with their children and how the parents will decide important decisions relating their children. No two families are alike; we help our clients craft a parenting plan that’s in the best interest of the child.
- Child Support Every parent is responsible for supporting his or her children financially. Massachusetts’s child support guidelines consist of a statutory formula to determine support for those families with gross income under $250,000. For families with greater gross income, DangerLaw is also experienced in developing creative support obligations that consider the needs of the children and of the parents.
- Alimony Also called “spousal support”, alimony covers which spouse is entitled to financial support from the other spouse. The court will consider a number of factors with regards to alimony, including the length of the marriage, contributions during the marriage, current income and financial needs. Massachusetts changed its laws on alimony in 2012, our attorneys are knowledgeable about the intricacies of alimony and will advocate for a support order that works for you.
- Relocation and Removal This sensitive topic covers issues that arise when one parents wants to relocate, and the impact this will have on parenting and custody issues, as well as child support. Relocation refers to a move far away within the same state. Removal refers to a move by one parent out of state. These matters will need to be resolved by a Judge, and we work with our clients to protect the best interest of their children during these situations.
- Asset Division and Protection Assets cover a wide range of financial accounts, income, real estate, business ownership and personal possessions. In Massachusetts, generally, as part of divorce, the assets need to be equitably divided. We work with our clients to maximize their portion of the marital estate.
- Modification Sometimes, after a divorce has concluded, things change. By demonstrating a material change in circumstances, we represent our clients in the courts to change and modify the original judgment.
- Contempt We use the courts to enforce existing judgments in order to protect our clients. For example, Attorney Shuman was able to secure $37,000 in owed child support for one of her clients.
- Same Sex Couples Divorce, like marriage, has been gender neutral in Massachusetts for well over a decade. Our team brings our experience with the unique issues to same sex couples to the table alongside our experience with family law to best serve our clients.
- Litigation Try as we may, sometimes both partners cannot agree on issues and the divorce must be put before a Judge for a desicion. Our team will litigate your case aggressively while keeping you and your family as our central focus.
- Mediation and Mediation Support Our attorneys are trained mediators, who can help you and your spouse resolve issues outside of the court. We also provide council to clients who are already working with a mediator.
- Pre-nuptial Agreements and Post-nuptial Agreements As more people get married later in life, they often enter into marriage with a more complicated set of assets. Many couples prefer to keep their finances separate, and wish to have a plan if, unfortunately, the marriage ends in divorce. We help our clients have an open, honest conversation with their partners about their financial plan, and any legal agreements which may be desired.