Family

Family Law

We understand that family matters are deeply personal and can often be complex and emotionally challenging. Our dedicated team of experienced family law attorneys are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need during these difficult times.

Divorce & Separation

We offer compassionate assistance in navigating the legal process of divorce or separation, including child custody, visitation rights, spousal support, and property division.

Child Custody & Support

We advocate for the best interests of your children and help you establish custody arrangements, visitation schedules, and fair child support agreements.

Adoption

Our team can guide you through the legal procedures involved in adopting a child, ensuring compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

Domestic Violence

If you or your loved ones are facing domestic violence or abuse, we provide legal protection, support, and resources to help you seek restraining orders and ensure your safety.

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

We assist couples in drafting legally binding agreements to protect their assets, rights, and responsibilities before or after marriage.

Frequently Asked Questions

In Massachusetts, legal grounds for obtaining a divorce include irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, which is a no-fault option allowing couples to cite irreconcilable differences as the reason. Alternatively, fault-based grounds such as adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, or desertion for at least one year may be claimed. It’s important to note that the court doesn’t typically consider fault when dividing assets or determining alimony. Couples may choose the most appropriate grounds based on their situation and legal advice.

In Massachusetts, asset division in divorce is determined by equitable distribution principles. Courts consider various factors, including each spouse’s contributions, needs, and economic circumstances. While “equitable” doesn’t always mean equal, the goal is fairness. Judges have discretion, but they strive to ensure a just and reasonable division of marital property.

In Massachusetts, courts prioritize the best interests of the child when determining custody. Factors considered include each parent’s ability to meet the child’s needs, the child’s adjustment to their home, and any history of abuse. Courts may also consider the child’s preferences, depending on their age and maturity. Legal representation and evidence play crucial roles in custody decisions.

In Massachusetts, there is no specific age at which a child can independently decide which parent to live with. The court considers the child’s best interests, and the child’s preference may be a factor if they are deemed mature enough to express a reasoned choice. However, the court makes the final determination based on various factors.

In Massachusetts, child support is determined based on state guidelines that consider the income of both parents, childcare expenses, health insurance costs, and other relevant factors. The court uses the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines to calculate the appropriate amount. Deviations from the guidelines may occur under certain circumstances, such as shared custody arrangements or additional extraordinary expenses. It’s crucial to consult with a family law attorney to ensure accurate calculations and representation in child support matters tailored to the specific details of your case.

In Massachusetts, grandparents and other relatives may be granted visitation rights with children under certain circumstances. However, these rights are not automatic, and the court will consider factors such as the best interests of the child and the relationship between the child and the relative seeking visitation. It’s advisable for grandparents or other relatives to consult with a family law attorney in Massachusetts to understand their specific situation and explore the legal options available to them regarding visitation rights.

In Massachusetts, property acquired before marriage is generally considered separate, and spouses typically retain individual rights to their pre-marital assets. However, certain factors, such as commingling of assets or explicit agreements, can impact this. It’s advisable to consult with a family law attorney to understand your specific situation and ensure accurate guidance tailored to Massachusetts laws. Keep in mind that legal outcomes can vary based on case specifics and court decisions.

Yes, in Massachusetts, spouses are required to disclose all assets during divorce proceedings. This includes financial accounts, real estate, personal property, and debts. Full and honest disclosure is crucial for an equitable division of assets. Failure to disclose can lead to legal consequences. It’s advisable to consult with a family law attorney for guidance specific to your situation.

In Massachusetts, if you’re the custodial parent, you generally need court approval to move out of state with your child. The court will consider factors such as the best interests of the child, the reason for the move, and how it may impact the noncustodial parent’s visitation rights. It’s advisable to consult with a family law attorney to understand Massachusetts’s specific requirements and procedures for relocation cases.

Why Choose Us

Take the First Step: Navigating family law matters can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to face them alone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let our experienced family law attorneys guide you through the legal process with care and expertise. Together, we will work towards a brighter future for you and your loved ones.

Our firm is staffed with attorneys and employees who speak Portuguese, Spanish and English. We are ready to serve you in your native language. Interpreters are not necessary.

Our attorneys specialize in family law, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to every case. We stay up to date with the latest legal developments to provide you with the best possible representation.

We understand the sensitive nature of family law matters and offer personalized attention, empathetic guidance, and support throughout the entire process.

We are passionate about protecting your rights and achieving favorable outcomes. Our team will fiercely advocate for your interests while striving to minimize conflict and promote amicable resolutions.

We believe in efficient legal strategies tailored to your specific circumstances. We aim to resolve issues through negotiation and mediation whenever possible, but we are also prepared to litigate in court if necessary.

Locations & Contact

Immigration / All Other Matters

  • Tel: 508-689-4773
  • Fax: 508-567-6986

Family Law / Mediation

  • Tel: 508-992-2200
  • Fax: 508-997-7699

Fall River, MA

  • 101 Jeremiah V Sullivan Dr
    Fall River MA 02721

Boston, MA

  • 55 Union St, 3rd floor
    Boston, MA 02108
  • Tel: 508-689-4773
  • Fax: 508-567-6986

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Lider, Fogarty & Ribeiro has been providing exceptional legal services for 10 years. Our team comprises knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to their profession. We service the needs of clients locally, nationally, and internationally. We take pride in our outcomes and look forward to working with our clients. You are the reason we are here.