Family Law Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When it comes to legal issues affecting your family, you are sure to have many questions. The Law Offices of Meridith A. Gregory, LLC, assists clients with a broad range of family-related issues everything from child support, alimony and post-divorce modifications to prenuptial agreements and adoptions/guardianships. With locations in North Andover we split our time and expertise equally between Massachusetts and New Hampshire, assisting our clients with the legal matters that are most important to them and their families.
Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law Cases
Every case is unique, but there are some common Family Law questions we hear often:
Can I take my divorce case straight to trial?
In both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, there are systems in place for you to try to resolve your conflicts amicably first, before you take your case to court. Our firm also recommends you go through mediation in an attempt to save you both time and money. Agreements made through mediation also tend to be better suited for both parties in a divorce.
Am I entitled to alimony, and if so, how much?
Massachusetts has recently undergone alimony reform that limits the amount and the duration of the payments. The alimony payment amount assigned is largely dependent on how long your marriage lasted and how much income both spouses made. In order to obtain the best results, it is best to consult an attorney who has a full understanding of the Alimony Reform Act and who will fight for the most favorable outcome possible that meets your needs.
How is child custody/support determined?
Nowadays, judges seldom give one parent sole custody of the child. Their decision, however, ultimately relies on what is in the child’s best interests. Our ultimate goal is to ensure your divorce or separation has no negative impacts on your child’s development. Visit our child custody and child support pages for more detailed information.
How long will my case take?
Every case is unique, but the length of your case is generally determined by its complexity and the level of conflict present between all parties involved. In complex, highly contested divorces, you may need to work with a lawyer for years. We always work to resolve your case through mediation and arbitration, so you can come to a favorable outcome sooner rather than later. For more information on how long your specific case will take, schedule a consultation at one of our offices.
How much will my case cost?
Costs can vary dramatically from case to case. Meet with our attorneys to discuss the details of your individual case and your financial needs to determine if our services are right for you.
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Do not fret about your family law conflicts take action. Consult with a seasoned family law attorney. Our firm’s attorneys strive not only to help you explore your options, but also ensure you make the best legal decisions for you and your family.