Divorce & Family Law


Ryan Faenza Carey P.C. Family Law Divorce

Our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in contested and uncontested divorce proceedings. Each will guide you through what is ordinarily a very stressful and overwhelming process to assist you in obtaining an outcome which is best for you and your family, and which will help you move on with your life.

We will assist you in determining and seeking a parenting plan and custodial arrangement that is best for your children, establishing whether and what you will receive or pay as child support and/or alimony (spousal support), what assets you will retain and how liabilities will be paid. Critical issues such as continuation of health and life insurance coverage cannot be overlooked. Every family is unique and the attorneys at Ryan Faenza Carey are sensitive to your situation.

As a divorce proceeding moves forward, we will help you achieve a resolution that works for you. Our attorneys will help you take control of a process that often feels out of your control to help you protect your family and your rights. While we are most successful in insuring most clients conclude their divorces by reaching a comprehensive agreement with their spouse on major issues, our attorneys are well qualified to represent you in a divorce trial in front of a judge. Our attorneys practice in Norfolk, Plymouth, Bristol, Suffolk, Middlesex, Barnstable, Worcester and Essex Counties.

Division of Property

According to Massachusetts law, there are specific factors that Courts may consider and assess in determining the nature, value and allocation of property to be divided in a divorce. These include:

  • the length of the marriage
  • the conduct of the parties during the marriage
  • the age
  • health
  • station
  • occupation
  • amount and sources of income
  • vocational skills
  • employability
  • estate
  • liabilities
  • needs of each of the parties
  • the opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income
  • the amount and duration of alimony, if any, awarded
  • the present and future needs of the dependent children of the marriage
  • the contribution of each of the parties in the acquisition, preservation or appreciation in value of the respective estates and
  • the contribution of each of the parties as a homemaker to the family unit.

All property, wherever situated and irrespective of title, including inherited property, may be subject to equitable division in a divorce.


Navigating Alimony

Massachusetts enacted sweeping changes to its alimony laws in March of 2012. Unlike the previous alimony law, the Courts now have the ability to make orders for alimony that are of limited duration or terminate at the full social security retirement age of the payor.

In certain circumstances, the cohabitation of an alimony recipient will reduce, suspend or terminate alimony. This legislation made clear that the income and assets of a second spouse of an individual paying alimony will not be considered in an alimony analysis.


Alimony on a case-by-case basis

Alimony has been expanded and now includes several forms – general term, rehabilitative, reimbursement, and transitional alimony. The new alimony laws are complex and alimony orders will be determined on a case by case basis.

You should consult with an attorney to determine your rights and obligations with respect to the effect of this alimony reform on new or existing alimony orders.

Take the First Step Towards a Fresh Start

Taking the first step is often the hardest. Reach out to our compassionate team to discuss your individual circumstances and learn how we can support you through this journey. Schedule your consultation today to start building a brighter future for you and your family.

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