FAMILY LAW

When it comes to the family, there are countless laws in place that help to determine the outcomes of divorce, child custody, spousal and child support. The legal decisions that need to be made are important and ultimately affect the lives of everyone involved. Additionally, there is the emotional component of a family crisis. Any legal issue in this arena can be charged with emotional stress and despair. When you’re facing complex personal and financial issues arising from separation, divorce, spousal support, child custody, and other family law actions, you want the best lawyers to represent your interests. Cutting and Story offers a comprehensive family law practice backed by an unparalleled breadth of legal experience in all facets pertaining to this area of the law. We practice family law with the highest level of skill, knowledge, sophistication and versatility. We will guide you to a resolution of your family law issue with compassion, empathy and respect. 


PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS 

Cutting and Story can help you prepare for your future as a married couple by considering all possibilities. Fundamentally, any marriage is a legal arrangement - it is a contract between two people. As a savvy professional, you wouldn't sign a business contract without a clear arrangement for the rights and responsibilities of each party upon termination of the business relationship. Why should you treat marriage, one of the most important contracts you will ever make, any differently? 


On occasion, contracts are terminated for various reasons. By creating an effective prenuptial agreement, you can establish the terms of a possible separation at a time when you and your spouse have a strong and healthy relationship and can communicate effectively, rather than trying to hash out the terms at a time when you can't agree on anything. With a prenuptial agreement, you can jointly and amicably address and agree on matters such as alimony, property division and asset allocation when you are on mutually good terms. A prenuptial agreement can drastically reduce the likelihood that you will drain bank accounts to finance the expensive legal fees involved in a messy divorce. Quite simply, prenuptial agreements just make sense.

At the law firm of Cutting and Story, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to draft effective prenuptial agreements that will make the parties involved satisfied with the terms so that they can comfortably move forward into marriage with peace of mind.
   


DIVORCE
The final outcome of a divorce can have a significant impact on your financial and parental rights. With so much at stake, it is important that you have qualified legal counsel to protect your rights before, during and after separation and divorce. Cutting and Story provides clients with highly personalized and responsive service throughout the difficult process of divorce. Cutting and Story is able to work closely with clients in both uncontested and contested divorce disputes to achieve lasting solutions that put clients in a positive position for the future. We are adept at handling complex property division issues, spousal and child custody disputes that may arise during the course of an unfortunate marital dissolution.


Spousal Support

Massachusetts alimony laws have recently changed. Massachusetts family courts will still consider several factors in determining whether one party will have to pay alimony to the other, how much alimony should be paid and how long the payments should continue. These factors include the assets that each party will have after the divorce is granted, length of the marriage, the needs of the recipient spouse and the ability of the payor spouse to pay. Cutting and Story can help you establish an initial order for support and health insurance coverage, modify a temporary order or final judgment, or enforce an existing order through contempt proceedings. No matter what type of support issues you face, Cutting and Story has the experience to navigate you through this complex and changing system. 


CUSTODY
While some custody plans can be easily arranged, many families require more intricate child custody plans. Cutting and Story works with clients to find creative solutions based on family circumstances that are in the best interest of the children involved.


VISITATION
The attorneys at Cutting and Story encourage parents to always put the needs of children first. We work with clients to come to an amicable means of resolving visitation disputes. Even parents with the best intentions can have honest disputes about what is best for their children. A home relocation, scheduling conflicts and other obstacles can result in visitation disputes that are not easily resolved by agreement. When cases cannot be resolved by agreement, and a contested hearing or trial is necessary, Cutting and Story has the extensive experience in visitation trial cases necessary to thoroughly prepare and successfully execute a trial of this nature. 


CHILD Support

In Massachusetts, child support is determined by a mathematical formula known as the Child Support Guidelines. This is based on the incomes of the parents, cost of daycare and health-related insurances, custody arrangements and other factors. But determining the required monetary support amount is not simply a mechanical application of the guidelines. Without experienced and knowledgeable representation, you could end up receiving too little or paying too much money for support. In some cases changes in financial circumstances warrant modification of an already existing support agreement. The attorneys at Cutting and Story Law will take time to understand your financial situation and perform a careful analysis of your case. After making a thorough support calculation in accordance with the Massachusetts child support guidelines, we will argue passionately on behalf of your rights and interests.