Domestic Relations & Family Law
At Cooley Shrair, our Family Law department excels at providing unparalleled legal representation in all aspects of familial relations including: spousal, parent-child and same-sex relationships.
Our knowledge, experience and training in family law is supported by our aggressive and proactive commitment to our client. We understand the need for reasonableness and cooperation as it relates to the particular needs of our clients and strive to resolve the issues to secure a fair settlement.
We achieve results whether it is implemented through negotiation, mediation, pretrial or trial proceedings. Our goal is to protect and promote the best interest of our client.
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Recent Articles & News
On Monday, you inherit a million dollars. On Tuesday, your spouse files and serves a Complaint for Divorce. Do you get to keep the million dollars?
In Massachusetts, the court has broad discretion in determining which assets belong to the marital estate and how they should be divided. Neither the date of acquisition nor the manner in which title is held necessarily determines whether an asset is to be included in the estate. Rather, the concept of marital property in Massachusetts, as defined by statute as well as applicable case law, is expansive. “Upon divorce … the court may assign to either husband or wife all or any part of the estate of the other …” Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 208, Section 34.
Another impediment related to residential foreclosure
Following a foreclosure, we all have been faced with the prospect of evicting the homeowner who becomes as we all thought, a tenant-at-will. The general rule was to provide a 30-day notice of termination of tenancy and then to begin a summary process hearing to evict the post-foreclosure "tenant" from the property.