Family Law

We pride ourselves on our successful representation of our clients and the compassionate handling of each client’s needs.  Going to family court is never easy, but we can help you get through it. We are committed to ensuring that you receive the proper care and attention necessary to effectively and efficiently resolve your case.  We will be there to educate and guide you through the process to ensure that you will act in the best interests of both yourself and your family.   Areas we will cover include:​​

Divorce

  • Child Custody

    • The most sensitive issue of any divorce is child custody.​  We will help you to reach a custody agreement based on your wishes and the best interests of each child.  In situations where the parents cannot come to an agreement, either Court intervention and/or a Guardian ad litem may be needed.  With our knowledge and expertise, we can assist you in choosing the best course of action for your situation.

  • Child Support

    • Child support is based on a variety of factors that greatly depend on the income of the parents.  The amount determined by the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines will be paid to one parent either on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. And later on, as the financial situations of the parents and the needs of the children change, you may need to revisit the initial determination and modify it to suit your new circumstances. We will be there for you throughout any and all points of this process, ensuring that your unique child support arrangement is tailored to the best interests of you and your children.

  • Alimony

    • Depending on the situation, alimony can be awarded to either party, husband or wife.  Alimony is based on many factors including:

      • Length of the marriage

      • Party’s incomes, earning capacity and needs

      • Conduct of the parties during the marriage

               The status of alimony has evolved in Massachusetts, especially since the enactment of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011.
               You may be entitled to alimony no matter how short or long your marriage has been. You need an attorney knowledgeable
               in this field to educate and inform you about this vital issue.

  • Division of Marital Assets​​

    • ​In most situations, all the property and assets that you and your spouse have obtained throughout your marriage are subject to division during the divorce process.  These assets include pensions, 401Ks, 403Bs, IRAs, bank accounts, business assets, stocks, stock options (vested and unvested), RSUs, trusts, homes, other real property, motor vehicles, household goods and other property.  In Massachusetts, assets (and marital debts) are divided "equitably."  What is "equitable" in your situation is unique to you. Attorney Zisko has the experience and expertise to obtain your best outcome.  

Paternity

The paternity of a child - your child - can be a challenging matter depending on the relationship between the child's mother and father without court intervention. An unwed father may have little or no rights with respect to his child. An unwed mother may have little support or assistance from the child's father. Let Attorney Zisko guide you through this challenging process.

Post-Divorce Issues: Modification and Contempt​​

  • ​Sometimes after a judgment is finalized, issues may arise that require further legal action.  Modification actions are used to address material changes in circumstances regarding issues such as child support, custody and visitation. 

  • Contempt is the process by which a party is able to enforce the requirements of a court order upon the other party. A contempt judgment can result in significant penalties intended to convince the defaulting party to comply with court orders. 

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