Family Law

Put 20 Years of Family Law Experience to Work for You

We handle many types of family law cases – a branch or specialty of law also referred to as “domestic relations” law, concerned with issues such as divorce, separation, paternity, custody, support, prenuptial agreements, and alimony.

Click on a link in the column to the right for specific areas of practice and additional information.

At our firm, Ferraro & Boulé, Attorneys at Law, we recognize that navigating the Probate and Family Court alone can be intimidating and confusing.  We strive to offer affordable representation, at all levels of income.  We zealously represent our clients’ interests, while keeping in mind the paramount importance of their children’s wellbeing.

Alimony

Alimony Q&A What is alimony? The law defines “alimony” as “payment of support from a spouse, who has the ability to pay, to a spouse in need of support for a reasonable length of time, under a court order.”  Under the law (G.L. c. 208, §34), Judges are authorized to award alimony to one spouse […]

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Child Abuse

Child Abuse & Neglect To report child abuse or neglect, call the Massachusetts Child-at-Risk Hotline anytime of the day or night at 800-792-5200. If you have been contacted by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family Services (DCF), it is very important that you immediately learn your rights and obligations so that you can best […]

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Child Support

One of the greatest sources of anxiety for parents involved in a divorce or paternity case is child support.  Parents who expect to pay child support worry about whether they will be ordered to pay more than what they can afford.  Parents who expect to receive child support worry about whether they will receive enough […]

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Contempt

A Complaint for Contempt may be filed by a party who claims that the other party has not followed a Court Order or Judgment, including regarding the division of marital property, child support and visitation.  By filing a Complaint for Contempt, a party to a divorce or paternity case may seek to have the Court […]

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Contribution of Parents to College Expenses

In certain circumstances, parents may be ordered to contribute toward their children’s college expenses.  For more information, contact Family Law Attorney Rhonda S. Boulé for a free consultation: rsboule@ferraroboule.com 617/969-0400

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Custody

When parents separate, the Probate Court is charged with assessing the best interests of the children in order to determine important issues of their well-being, including with whom the children will live (physical custody), who will make important decisions about the children (legal custody), and how much and when the non-custodial parent will visit with […]

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Divorce

Get the Help You Need Divorce is the legal dissolution of marriage, often a challenging, emotionally-charged experience for the divorcing couple, as well as for their children.  The divorce process encompasses a number of issues, including custody and visitation, parenting plans, child support, alimony, division of marital assets including real estate and retirement accounts, and […]

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Modification of Existing Judgments or Orders

We handle many types of family law cases – a branch or specialty of law also referred to as “domestic relations” law, concerned with issues such as divorce, separation, paternity, custody, support, pre-nuptial agreements, and alimony. If you need help in any area of family law, or would like to discuss your specific situation and options […]

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Paternity and Children Born Out-Of-Wedlock

Parents of children born out of wedlock often have questions about their legal rights and obligations, including questions about custody, visitation and child support.  It can be a stressful time for new parents while these issues remain unresolved.  In many cases, parents feel relieved once they learn more about the process, and what their rights […]

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Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements — also called antenuptial agreements — are written contracts between two parties who plan to marry which set forth the property or other financial rights of the parties. Prenuptial agreements address issues such as ownership of assets, treatment of future income, and division of marital assets in the event of divorce. Prenuptial agreements […]

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Restraining Orders – Abuse-Prevention Orders (G.L. Ch. 209A)

We Can Help You With Restraining Orders You don’t have to be a victim of domestic abuse – let us help you obtain legal protection from abuse under the Massachusetts Abuse Prevention Law, G.L. Ch. 209A – commonly referred to as a restraining order or 209A order.  Call or email today to find out if […]

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Separation Agreements

Separation Agreements are written agreements between married couples which address issues of custody, child support, alimony, health insurance, and property division, among other issues, in anticipation of  divorce or separation. Eliminate the Need for Trial A carefully drafted Separation Agreement — often the result of thoughtful discussions and negotiations between the parties and their attorneys […]

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Visitation and Parenting Plans

When parents divorce or separate, often their biggest concern is how much time they will be able to spend with their children after the divorce or separation.  It is not unusual for parents to postpone or resist divorce when they believe they will end up with less time with their children.  When staying together is […]

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