Alimony and Child Custody Dispute Lawyer
The term "contested divorce" refers to the process that occurs when the parties disagree on one or more issues, such as child custody, alimony or dividing assets. The divorce lawyers at Massachusetts Family Law Group have more than 100 years of combined experience and the skills to handle this type of divorce effectively. From our Greater Boston-area offices in Woburn and Norwood, we represent men and women with the goal of protecting their children, their assets and their futures.
Each of Our Lawyers is an Experienced, Trial-Tested Courtroom Attorney
Our attorneys are seasoned litigators who thrive on high-conflict matters and are among the most sought-after domestic relations litigators in Massachusetts. We are known for our aggressive representation in matters associated with high-net worth divorce and hotly contested child custody cases. In one year, our attorneys are involved in more contested divorce cases that most general practices attorneys are in five years.
Our firm is often called in to take over cases in midstream. At a time when many clients begin to resign themselves to loss of pride, marital assets or even custody and support, we have been able to change the entire direction of a case and achieve what may have seemed impossible before. For a no-obligation consultation at one of our convenient offices, call us at (800) 763-1030 or contact us online.
Contested Divorce Process
A contested divorce can take as long as a year and involve the following steps:
- The process begins by filing a complaint.
- The plaintiff must serve the complaint upon the defendant with the summons to appear in court.
- The defendant respond to the Plaintiff.
- Each party must provide a financial statement and mandatory financial documents such as tax returns, bank statements and pay stubs.
- Attorneys may appear before the court at any time to present motions seeking temporary rulings.
- The court holds a conference to ascertain that all appropriate discovery steps have been completed and that the case is ready to proceed to trial.
- If all negotiation fails, the case will proceed to trial at which time the parties and their witnesses will offer testimony and exhibits, and the judge will render a decision.
Statewide Brain Trust
Our attorneys draw upon the resources of our state-wide brain trust made up of attorneys and experts who share information and knowledge across the Commonwealth for the benefit of our clients. This approach gives clients the benefits of a large firm while enjoying the personal attention and home-court advantage of local representation. Because we appear in Eastern Massachusetts Probate and Family courts every day, we know the processes and procedures favored by each judge and can anticipate how a proposal or motion may be received.
For a free, no-obligation consultation, call (800) 763-1030 to speak with a Boston contested divorce lawyer. Or, e-mail us to learn more. We serve clients throughout the Greater Boston area, including people in Cambridge, Salem, Peabody, Dedham and Gloucester.
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