Family law matters are among the most emotionally overwhelming legal issues a person can face. If you’re contemplating divorce, or need help resolving issues pertaining to separation, alimony, child support, child custody, or you wish to protect your financial future with a prenuptial agreement, a Worcester family law attorney can help.

What Is Family Law?

Family law is a legal practice area that is focused on family relationships and the legal transactions that are involved in family matters pertaining to marriage, divorce, the division of assets, and the custody and financial support of children.









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What Can a Family Lawyer Help With?

As stated above, many of the relationships that exist between members of a family require contracts and agreements. A family lawyer can help create those contracts and agreements and file them in court, as well as representing their clients in litigation involving the dissolution of marriage, the division of assets, or the allocation of support. A family lawyer provides assistance in the following family legal matters.


Divorce is a complex issue — particularly if there are assets to be divided and children to be provided for. While Massachusetts is a “no-fault” state with regard to divorce, meaning neither party has to prove that there is a reason why the marriage should end, it is easy to overlook the complexities of the state’s divorce law. A Worcester family law attorney can provide both the experience necessary to ensure that every provision that needs to be made with the dissolution of your marriage has been included, and the objective view that is needed to make decisions on important matters pertaining to child custody, spousal or child support, and the division of assets.


Massachusetts does not have a procedure for “legal separation.” However, the state does have a process called a separate support lawsuit that can be filed in order to ensure support for you and your children and to prevent your spouse from limiting your freedom. Separate support is a different procedure than divorce and is available in situations where your spouse has failed to support you and has either deserted you, is living separately from you for a justifiable cause or should be living separately from you for a justifiable cause. The state considers justifiable causes to include abuse, adultery, or desertion.


Alimony is a form of payment that is paid to a spouse in need of support by a spouse who is able to pay. There are four common types of alimony paid in Massachusetts, including:

  • General term alimony, which is paid regularly to a spouse who was financially dependent on the other spouse during the marriage. The time in which these payments are made depends on the length of the marriage.
  • Rehabilitative alimony, which is temporary alimony paid to a spouse who is expected to gain the ability to support themselves within a short period of time.
  • Reimbursement alimony, which is ordered for no more than five years in order for one spouse to repay another for assistance such as helping the spouse obtain an education.
  • Transitional alimony, which is a temporary form of alimony awarded to a spouse for a period of time so they can have the opportunity to settle into a new lifestyle or location.


Child Support

Massachusetts law requires that both parents provide support for their children. Child support refers to a payment that is provided by the non-custodial parent to the primary caregiver. An experienced Worcester family law attorney can assist you in completing the often complex worksheets involved in determining child support.

Child Custody

Courts make decisions on child custody in accordance with which parent is able to provide the care that is in the best interests of the child. There are four types of child custody in Massachusetts, including:

  • Sole legal custody, which means one parent is responsible for making legal decisions for the child, including decisions regarding where the child attends school or whether they have a medical procedure.
  • Joint legal custody, which means both parents share the responsibility of making legal decisions for the child.
  • Sole physical custody, which means the child lives with one parent, while the other parent has visitation rights.
  • Joint physical custody, which means the child spends periods of time living with each parent.



Prenuptial agreements are contracts entered into by individuals who are planning to marry. This contract is to be enforced if the marriage ends in divorce and includes provisions to determine:

  • Division of marital property.
  • A specified amount of spousal support.
  • How debts, health insurance, and life insurance will be handled.
  • How the children of previous relationships will be treated in respect to the assets of their parents.


Finding the Best Worcester Family Law Attorney for You

We can help you protect your rights to have a relationship with your children and to be treated fairly in your divorce. Contact us for more information about the services we provide.

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