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Best Family Law Attorneys in Massachusetts

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best family law attorneys in Massachusetts. To rank the top family lawyers and other lawyers in Massachusetts, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top family law attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents a sample of some of the most highly accomplished family lawyers currently practicing in Massachusetts. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing family law (but our list comes close).
David Kiley Wilkinson
Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
NewBedford, MA
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Joel A Abu
Family Lawyer
Marlborough, MA
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Matthew P. Barach
Family Lawyer
Framingham, MA
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Brian Murphy
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Worcester, MA
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Stephen McDonough
Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
Medfield, MA
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Adam Peter Phipps
Family Law and Landlord-Tenant Lawyer
Melrose, MA
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Michael Mimno
Family Lawyer
Andover, MA
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Martin Murphy
Family Lawyer
Norwood, MA
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Gabrielle L. Denby
Child Custody / Visitation Lawyer
Natick, MA
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Gabriel Cheong
Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
Boston, MA
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Massachusetts Family Law Legal Resources

Family Law Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) - The AAML is a national organization of highly-skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in family law cases throughout the United States. The Academy's members are known as "Fellows" and have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, excellence, knowledge and integrity in the practice of family law. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has over 1650 fellows across all 50 U.S. states.
American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL) - The ACFTL is an invitation-only, elite organization of 100 of the most skilled family trial lawyers in the United States. Known as diplomates, members who have been accepted into this organization have demonstrated significant litigation skills in complex family law cases. The American College of Family Trial Lawyers has received national recognition through its diplomates handling of well-publicized cases and cutting edge issues in family law.
International Academy of Family Lawyers - The International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) is a non-profit organization that serves family lawyers in the United States and across the world.

Specialty Certifications in Family Law

Family Trial Law - The NBTA certifies lawyers in family trial law. This specialty area of law involves litigation in family law cases, such as divorce, separation, child custody or paternity actions. Attorneys can earn board certification as specialists in family law trials.

Massachusetts Government and Court Resources

Massachusetts Court System

Massachusetts Court System - The Massachusetts Court System is responsible for upholding the law and ensuring justice in the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, protecting individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. Massachusetts' judiciary also plays a significant role in addressing legal issues specific to the state, including historical and constitutional matters.

Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

Massachusetts Department of Children & Families - The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) is responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect and providing them with safe and nurturing environments. DCF oversees child welfare services, including investigations into reports of abuse or neglect, placement of children in foster care when necessary, and facilitating adoptions. The department also provides supportive services to families, works to reunite families when possible, and collaborates with community partners to ensure the well-being and stability of children. Additionally, DCF focuses on prevention efforts, and implements programs aimed at strengthening families and promoting child safety throughout Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Legislature

Massachusetts Legislature - The Massachusetts Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Senate comprises 40 members, serving four-year terms, while the House has 160 members, serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues, such as education, healthcare, and transportation.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court serves as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and administering the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing a broad range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Massachusetts. Additionally, the Supreme Judicial Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts

Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts - The Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, led by the Attorney General appointed by the Governor, serves as the chief legal advisor and advocate for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies, representing Massachusetts in legal matters, and overseeing the enforcement of laws. The Attorney General plays a vital role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a broad spectrum of legal issues, including consumer protection, civil rights, and environmental concerns.

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