Experienced Family Law Attorney in Franklin, MA
The experienced attorneys at Nashawaty & Rand have been helping families in the Franklin area with divorce and family law issues for over 25 years. 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 Franklin, 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:
- Alimony / Spousal support
- Child Support
- Child Abuse
- Custody or Joint Custody
- Prenuptial Agreement
- Property Division
- Restraining Orders
A 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.
What is a no-fault divorce in Massachusetts?
Traditionally, divorce was granted on the basis of some marital misconduct such as adultery or physical abuse. In these cases, the spouse who engaged in the misconduct was punished by getting a smaller share of the marital property or by being denied custody of his or her children. In a no-fault divorce, however, both parties agree that there is no fault involved in the grounds for divorce. In fact, in no-fault divorce, any misconduct is irrelevant to the divorce proceedings, a marriage can be terminated simply because the couples agree that the marriage is no longer salvageable, and the marriage can be dissolved if either of the partners so choose.
What is a fault-based divorce in Massachusetts?
A fault-based divorce is one in which one party blames the other for the failure of the marriage by citing a legal wrong. Grounds for a fault-based divorce vary by state but typically include adultery, physical or mental cruelty, desertion, alcohol or drug abuse, insanity, impotence, or infecting the other spouse with a venereal disease.
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.