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location  139 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, MA
phone  (978) 256-2660

Nontraditional Marriages & Families

Due to the fact that Massachusetts and New Hampshire recognizes same-sex marriages along with the Supreme Court effectively overturning major provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex couples now face the same problems that traditional couples face, including all of the issues that come along with a divorce. We help same-sex couples and others who are part of a nontraditional family arrangement effectively resolve their family law problems.

If you are a same-sex couple in a gay marriage, an unmarried couple, a single parent, grandparents raising grandchildren or a biological parent living with a long-term partner who is not a biological parent to the minor children living under the same roof, our attorneys can help you deal with issues such as:
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Estate planning
  • Adoption
  • Postnuptial agreements
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
We pride ourselves on our ability to offer the prestige and reputation of an established, traditional law firm and the individual, personal service of a smaller, concentrated practice.

Representing You
Same-sex marriage can bring complications involving same-sex divorce, including handling child custody, support, property division and other issues. These same issues can arise for unmarried couples and nontraditional families. Support may be granted based on the length of the relationship. However, the relationship may have begun long before a recognized wedding or a formal ceremony may ever have taken place.

Establishing the length of the relationship, for purposes of obtaining support, may be complicated. However, current alimony provisions in Massachusetts allow courts to calculate the length of the marriage by including the length of time the couple lived together. This means that if you were married only two years ago, but lived as though you were married for 20 years before that, your alimony may be based on a 22-year marriage.

We can represent you in divorce or any adversarial matter when a nontraditional relationship ends. Since 1979, our firm has offered attentive and responsive service and high-quality advocacy.
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