Massachusetts Family Lawyers
Representation for Family Law Matters in Massachusetts
At Gelb & Gelb LLP, we strive to make difficult and complex Massachusetts family matters manageable for our clients. We represent clients in Massachusetts courts when they're facing even the most complex family law issues.
Ms. Gelb is a vigorous advocate who is effective in the courtroom. She also brings her knowledge and skills to all of her cases, including her experiences running the firm. She is supported by paralegal Rose Tiro.
We prioritize educating our clients and formulating strategies during all stages of legal proceedings. Gelb & Gelb LLP’s domestic relations litigation team works closely with clients to formulate case strategy. We work to fully understand each client’s emotional and financial pressures through these legal matters.
We are persistent in discovering assets and evidence of misconduct. Our goal is to resolve each case so that clients may live a more satisfying and secure lifestyle. We carefully discuss resolution options, endeavor to work collaboratively, but are committed to pursuing litigation when appropriate.
Our Massachusetts family law attorney handles matters related to:
- Divorce Proceedings and Legal Separation
- Matrimonial Financial Matters
- Child Custody Disputes
- Family Business Disputes
- Family Estate Disputes
- Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
To learn more from our Massachusetts family attorney about how we can help with your case, call today!
Divorce in Massachusetts
If you are looking to file for divorce in the state of Massachusetts, our divorce attorneys are here to help you. We understand the hardship that you are facing and are willing and able to guide you through this process.
Types of Divorce
Massachusetts allows divorcing couples to file as "no-fault" or "fault," and as "contested" or "uncontested."
In a no-fault divorce, you only need to claim that there are irreconcilable issues within the marriage. If your spouse agrees to this, your divorce will also be uncontested - otherwise, the divorce is considered contested.
In a fault divorce, you must provide and prove reasons for the divorce. The state of Massachusetts recognizes specific fault grounds for a fault divorce.
Grounds for a Massachusetts divorce at-fault include:
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Prison sentence for five or more years
- Desertion for 1 year
- Domestic violence
Even an uncontested, no-fault divorce can become complicated with various legal issues. A lawyer with the education and training in family law is vital to any marriage dissolution.
We can help you resolve divorce issues related to:
- Property Division
- Custody and Parenting Plans
- Spousal Support, or Alimony
- Child Support
Child Custody Attorneys Serving Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, married parents who divorce will typically automatically be granted shared custody. However, in the case of a dispute or other findings, a court will decide custody issues. The issues that must be settled include:
- Legal Custody – who makes important decisions that affect the child such as their education or health
- Physical Custody – where does the child reside
- Sole vs. Joint Custody – if the child’s custody will be shared equally, or given primarily or solely to one parent
The judge must decide these factors having the child’s best interests in mind. The physical, mental and emotional health of the child are among some of these factors.
If the parents of the child were never married, the mother off the child is automatically granted legal and physical custody. If there is a custody dispute, Massachusetts Probate and Family court will examine several factors to determine custody. These include how well the child has bonded with either parent and whether each parent has met their responsibilities.
Resolving Family Estate Disputes
Losing a loved one is already emotionally difficult. Complication during the administration of that loved one's estate can quickly go out of control. Beneficiaries may contest the validity of an existing will, kinship can be disputed, or the executor may commit a breach of duty.
At Gelb & Gelb, we can help you resolve your complex family disputes during the probate or trust administration process. We can aggressively represent your best interests if you are seeking a lawsuit or defend you against accusations. Our attorneys can help you find a solution as efficiently as possible.
If you need help through the divorce process, you do not have to handle it alone. Contact our Massachusetts family attorneys in today to start discussing your case.