Massachusetts Family Law Firm
Karpenski & Schmelkin specializes in all areas of Family Law, including divorce, custody, parental rights, removal, spousal support, child support, paternity, adoption, 209(A) orders, property issues, contempts, modifications, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Our team is devoted to getting the best possible results for our Massachusetts clients, whether that be litigating an issue before the Court or negotiating a settlement, the client’s goals come first.
Below are our areas of specialty:
All Aspects of the Divorce Process
Going through a divorce involve challenging decisions, none of which should be made in haste. Your finances, your home, and your children could be at risk. We at Karpenski & Schmelkin are here to guide you through the process and help you make the best decisions for your individual case.
Modifications of Legal Agreements
Circumstances change. It’s very common that prior judgments will need to be revisited. Life throws you curveballs and what might have been working when your original judgment entered may not be working now. Perhaps your children are getting older and their needs have changed. Perhaps your income has changed. Perhaps there is a loss of a job or your ex has an increase in income. Perhaps an opportunity has arisen for you to relocate with the children. If there has been a change in your life then a modification of the prior judgment may be appropriate. Contact us at Karpenski & Schmelkin to find out if a modification is appropriate.
Child Custody Rights for Massachusetts Families
Divorce is a stressful change in the family dynamic, and no family member feels the upheaval more than a child. When children are involved in a divorce, you as a parent want what’s best for them as well as to maximize the amount of quality time you spend with them. At Karpenski & Schmelkin, we’ll answer all of your questions about custody during the divorce process, maximize your time with your children and help you navigate any conflicts that may arise with your partner over your custody rights.
Massachusetts Property Division Issues
Not everything in life is black and white and there may arise a scenario where the law doesn’t provide a legal remedy for your issue but principles of equity and fairness apply. An example of this might be a dispute over personal property with an ex you were never married to or a dispute with a co-owner of real estate or other property. We at Karpenski & Schmelkin will zealously advocate to get you what is rightfully yours.
Child Support & Alimony
Along with reaching a custody agreement, parties in a divorce must also work out who will pay child support and how much. Since this is usually another highly contested area between partners during this trying time, our team is here to explain how Massachusetts law determines child support and to work with you to ensure your child or children we be financially supported after a divorce.
Family Law Services Offered to Our Massachusetts Clients
- Child Custody
- Equity Issues
- Divorce Alternatives
- Asset Protection
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Restraining Orders
- Divorce Law
- Child Support
- Division of Property
- Postnuptual Agreements
- Harassment Prevention Orders
- Family Law
Please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation with one of our divorce attorneys to discuss your needs.
More About Our Legal Services for Massachusetts Residents
Life is full of ups and downs. Even with the most meticulous planning, unpredictable life changes such as divorce can come out of nowhere, upheaving not just your well being but that of your most cherished family members, your children. During this challenging period you shouldn’t make any decisions regarding your divorce in haste; you need a trusted legal partner that can explain all available options to you and maximize your legal rights. Our team at Karpenski & Schmelkin is here to serve you and handle all matters of your divorce case.
We specialize in all matters of family law, including custody, child support, alimony, property division, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and more. No two divorces are alike; sometimes both parties can work out agreements regarding what is to be divided as a marriage ends, and sometimes these disagreements must be settled in court. Each partner’s lifestyle, income, health, and other factors are taken into consideration when making these decisions. That’s why we treat you and every client as an individual with your own unique set of circumstances. We want to help you reach not just your immediate goals, but help you navigate the important, long-term decisions that will affect your life post divorce.
We’ll help you comprehend what constitutes as property when assets are being divided, for property in the Massachusetts courts means much more than simply the home two partners lived in. Your retirement savings, any accrued debt, and gifts given may be susceptible to division in a divorce. We negotiate and fight to help you retain what you’re worked hard to earn and what is rightfully yours.
And because lifestyle changes such as a partner’s remarriage, job changes, relocation and more often warrant revisiting divorce agreements, Karpenski & Schmelkin is also experienced in making modifications as your legal needs change. If a former partner is refusing to make child support payments or is putting a child’s well being at risk, we will step in to take legal action if necessary to protect the rights of your children.
We’re also here for you for life’s happy moments, such as legal adoption. As you grow your family we can alleviate the pile of adoption paperwork and help make welcoming your newest members a lot less stressful and more celebratory.
Founding partners and attorneys Ann Karpenski and Marc Schmelkin have years of experience in Domestic Relations and understand the emotions that a divorce brings to a family unit. Both have effectively negotiated complex custody and child support matters, the two areas of divorce that are usually the most hotly contested between partners. Ann has nearly 30 years of courtroom experience in juvenile, district, superior and probate courts, while Marc’s career has focused on family and probate, district, housing and superior courts. Both are licensed to practice in Massachusetts courts.
It may not seem like you have many choices in a divorce, but we work hard to maximize your options. We offer a free consultation, so contact us today to learn more about how we can advocate for you and your affected family members.
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