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Family Law: Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony

The Law Office of Sean M. Murphy, P.C. represents clients as zealously and efficiently as possible while minimizing stress and unnecessary litigation. Divorce, child custody, child support and other family law issues may be particularly fraught with tension, but even these tense issues do not need to be emotionally devastating. Our attorneys have a proven track record of advocacy and will assist you in navigating complex and delicate matters. Above all, we always work to minimize stress and strain on families because we have families too.

Contested Divorce

If your spouse refuses to cooperate in getting divorced, we can still help. Everyone processes divorce differently, and at times may try to make the process more drawn out and difficult. A spouse refusing to cooperate will not prevent you from getting a contested divorce, so long as you have the right legal counsel with the necessary experience to help navigate the contested divorce process.

Divorce Is Not Always a 50/50 Split

Massachusetts law outlines that a marital estate should be split “equitably” between the parties. However, “equitably” does not always mean “evenly.” There are circumstances in which an attorney can argue for an uneven distribution relative to each person's contribution to the marriage and marital estate. There is also the potential for setoffs to account for one spouse's asset diminishing behavior during the marriage, such as gambling. A good family law attorney understands these types of distributions and will fight to get you what you deserve.

Don't Let Your Spouse Hide Assets

You may not know what your spouse earns per year or what assets / liabilities he or she may have. If your spouse refuses to provide you with this information through an accurate financial statement, we will fight for your right to this information. There are many discovery tools available ranging from statements of net worth to interrogatories and depositions. Once we know your spouse's full financial situation, we can advise you as to your rights in your divorce regarding child support, spousal support (“alimony”), and equitable distribution of marital property, assets and debts.

Resolving Divorce, Child Support, Child Custody and other Family Matters

Often, parties do not see eye-to-eye when discussing the terms of a divorce and will require negotiation, mediation or litigation to reach an agreement. The relevant terms that must be agreed upon within a separation agreement are child support, child custody/visitation, spousal support (“alimony”), and the distribution of marital property, assets and debts. We can help you get what you are entitled to even if your spouse is being less than forthcoming with their financial information.

The services listed below are only a few of the services provided. Please contact the office for information regarding other matters.

  • Divorce
  • Alimony
  • Modification of Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Guardianship Petitions
  • Paternity
  • Custody/Support/Visitation
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements


If you or someone you know requires the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, contact our office today to find out how we can help you to preserve your rights and protect your interests.

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