Cambridge's Premier Family Law Attorney

Divorce Attorney Cambridge MA

Nashawaty & Rand provides trusted divorce and family law representation for clients in Cambridge and the greater Metro Boston area. Having a skilled litigator in your corner is the best way to protect your interests. At Nashawaty & Rand, our lawyers are aggressive in the courtroom and tough at the negotiation table. We will stand up for your rights and fight for your interests.

Divorce, child custody and other family law matters are highly personal. When disputes arise, it is important to consult with attorneys who are not only experienced, but who also understand what is at stake. At Nashawaty & Rand, our lawyers have a sincere interest in your case and your family. We will handle your legal issue as we would for a neighbor or friend.

The attorneys at Nashawaty & Rand share a strong commitment to results-oriented, quality counsel and representation.

Trusted Legal Representation in Cambridge, MA for Divorce & Family Law

There are many reasons for divorce, and getting through it can be very complex. Courts will generally grant one when the spouses have irreconcilable differences that are not able to be resolved even after meditation and/or arbitration. They also permit divorces when spouses have lived apart for at least 18 months, as these are common no-fault grounds for divorce. Other things such as desertion for over a year, adultery, imprisonment for over 18 months, alcohol or drug abuse, or extreme cruelty are grounds for divorce in Massachusetts as well.

Our team of attorneys can assist you with:

  • Adoption
  • Alimony / Spousal support
  • Child Support
  • Child Abuse
  • Custody or Joint Custody
  • Divorce
  • Guardianship
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial Agreement
  • Property Division
  • Restraining Orders
  • Relocation

Family Law Attorney Cambridge MA - Nashawaty & Rand - custodyA divorce lawyer from our firm is well versed in dividing martial property. This can consist of any assets that the spouses have acquired during a marriage. Equitable distribution is generally applied where the court tries to divide the property fairly, but not necessarily in an equal fashion.

This involves looking at the length of the marriage, the economic status of both spouses, and the individual incomes. Alimony may be presented to a spouse that may need financial help.

Can I get child support if I never married my child's other parent?

Yes. Both of a child's biological parents owe that child a duty of financial support. You can work with a family law attorney and your state's child support enforcement office to obtain a support order. If you are a mother and your child's paternity has never been established, you may need to initiate a paternity proceeding and establish paternity before a support order can be entered.

What standards do courts use to decide with whom the children should live?

When parents cannot reach an agreement regarding child custody, most courts try to decide custody based upon an analysis of what arrangement is in the best interests of the child. While statutes and standards differ from state to state, a best interests determination is usually reached by reviewing the parents' wishes, the mental and physical health of the parents, any history of domestic abuse, the child's age and attachment to the parent who has been the primary caretaker, and the child's wishes.

How is child support determined in Massachusetts?

Each state has child support guidelines in place that are used as the foundation for determining the amount of child support. While child support guidelines vary from state to state, courts setting child support orders will generally follow the amount suggested by the guidelines unless a reason to depart from them exists. Most guidelines consider the needs of the child, the relative abilities of the parents to pay support, and the standard of living the child would have had if not for the divorce.

We offer free initial consultations. To schedule yours, call our office at 781-848-8545. You may also contact us online. We can arrange evening and weekend appointments to accommodate your schedule.

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