Guidance For Divorce And Family Law Issues
At Cote Law Offices, I represent both men and women at all stages of a divorce or family law proceeding, from the decision to file through trial and post-judgment issues for modification or enforcement. From my office in Peabody, Massachusetts, I handle all matters related to or arising out of a divorce, from alimony and child support to property division and parenting plans. I also prepare prenuptial agreements.
More Than 30 Years Of Experience
If you are considering filing for divorce or are already a party to a family law dispute, you want an experienced attorney to protect your interests. Complex decisions about child custody and visitation, support and property are often more difficult when you face the emotional strain of a family breakdown.
Throughout the divorce process, I work closely with men and women, from the initial decision to file to post-decree requests for enforcement or modification of existing orders. While my goal is always to negotiate agreements between the parties, I can represent you at trial, if necessary.
During a divorce, there are numerous issues that need to be decided and I help you understand the law and your options. I provide experienced guidance with these issues, including:
- Alimony or spousal support: I help you determine whether an alimony award is warranted and, if so, the amount, frequency and duration of payments.
- Child support: I review all proposed child support orders to ensure that they comply with Massachusetts guidelines. I will make certain that all relevant income, including self-employment, seasonal and commission-based income, is property considered.
- Property division: I work with clients to find an equitable distribution plan for the debts and assets of your marriage, including real estate, investments and bank accounts, retirement plans and business assets.
- Child custody and parenting plans: I help establish and implement custody arrangements and parenting plans in the best interests of your children and protect your rights as a parent.
About Prenuptial Agreements
If you are planning a marriage and will be bringing assets into the marriage or have children from a prior marriage, I can help you protect your interests with a prenuptial agreement. This is a contract that protects both parties’ individual assets and details how the division or retention of those assets will be handled in case of divorce. A prenup is not a guarantee of marriage; it is a way to protect yourself in the event that something unforeseen occurs.