Child removal cases are among the most difficult cases the probate and family courts deal with and often go to trial. In order to be successful in either defending or pursuing such a case, it is vital that your legal team has had real experience with this type of case. Attorney Ryder has been appointed as a guardian ad litem on such cases, and requested to make recommendations regarding one parents ability to relocate with the minor child from the Commonwealth.

In many cases, having a clear understanding of your rights and obligations prior to becoming married provides the structure and predictability necessary to engage in a happy future relationship. Our office has drafted and reviewed a great number of such agreements both in contemplation of marriage and after marriage and are available to provide insight in how to navigate these delicate issues.

Premarital agreements, often referred to as “prenups” are written contracts in contemplation of marriage. A prenuptial agreement seeks to resolve property division and alimony in advance of a marriage in the event that a marriage ends in a divorce. In order for a prenuptial agreement to be enforceable there must be full and accurate financial disclosures prior to the execution of the prenuptial agreement. We have represented many individuals with high net worth, complex ownership interests and self-employment situations who required these protections. We have long standing relationships with top rated business valuation experts to work with us to obtain a fair and equitable division of the marital estate. In addition, we have formed partnerships with tax professionals, investment bankers, and financial advisors who will work with you to ensure that your assets are protected and maximized. We care about protecting your ownership interests and financial freedom at the end of a marriage.

No family law practice would be complete without a team that is able to draft a thorough estate plan. Our attorneys are able to work with you to design a solid plan that will protect your loved ones and provide you with the comfort of knowing your affairs are in good order. We also will draft a durable power of attorney, HIPPA release, and a health care proxy to ensure that your loved ones can act on your behalf when you are no longer able to do so yourself.

As our primarily focus is family law, many of our clients unfortunately find themselves seeking a restraining order or defending a restraining order taken out against them. We have significant experience representing clients in both the Probate and District Courts in regards to restraining orders and analogous harassment prevention orders.  It is crucial that you speak with an attorney before filing for a restraining order to discuss what to include in your affidavit when first applying for this protection.