Entries by Marilynne Ryan

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Should I seek a lawyer who specializes in divorce for men?

There are many divorce attorneys and firms who like to define themselves as specializing in representing “men” or representing “women” in particular. Over the years, divorce has become more gender neutral, although not completely gender neutral.  “Parenting” has replaced the traditional notions of “custody” and “visitation,” recognizing the importance of both parents.  Recent significant changes in […]

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Divorce Ever After: Legal things to keep in mind long after your divorce

A divorce can feel like a liberating experience once legal proceedings are finalized. Many people leave our office for the last time with the feeling that the past is behind them, and nothing but opportunities for the future await. They don’t expect to have to deal with any more court or legal proceedings.  Nevertheless, here […]

How Do I Find a Lawyer?

It’s important to find a lawyer that’s right for you. Although there are still some “general practice” attorneys, most attorneys and firms concentrate their practices in one or more fields of law.  Not every lawyer is proficient in every area of law.  Much like the medical profession, you probably wouldn’t see a podiatrist for a […]

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When it comes to children, unmarried parents have rights and obligations too

Massachusetts Courts have taken pains to see that children of unwed parents and married parents, at least theoretically, are treated alike; and that children of unwed parents should be entitled to the same rights and protections as children of married parents. Here are some of the legal boundaries that maintain equality for unmarried parents in […]