Child Custody and Support Attorney Massachusetts

If you are involved in or considering divorce and there are children involved, you want an experienced child custody and support attorney to protect your interests. You want a parenting plan that is in the best interests of your children, but you also want to know that you will be able to play a meaningful role in the growth and development of your child.

At the Law Office of Valerie A. Ross, we have more than 25 years of experience working with men and women throughout the Greater Boston area in child custody and support matters. We built our reputation on a commitment to personal service. When you hire us, you will always work directly with a lawyer — never with an associate or a paralegal. We take your case seriously, providing compassionate, honest and zealous advocacy in order to protect your rights and interests. We will always keep you fully informed of all developments in your case so you can make informed decisions for you and your family’s future.

Custody and Visitation Arrangements

We will help you establish and implement custody and visitation arrangements that are in the best interests of your children, but that also protect your rights as a parent. We will help you work out physical custody agreements, as well as legal custody plans — taking into account your child’s educational, medical, religious and other special needs.

Child Support

Child support is based on parents’ incomes, cost of daycare and health insurance, custody arrangements and other factors. There are instances where the Child Support Guidelines do not apply. Without an experienced attorney, you could end up receiving too little or paying too much child support. We will review all proposed child support orders for compliance with Massachusetts Guidelines, particularly in light of the 2013 revisions. We will confirm that all relevant income is included in the calculation and can help you fairly deal with child care and health care costs.

Spousal Support or Alimony

We will work with you to determine whether spousal support or alimony is appropriate and, if so, how much should be paid and for how long. We will review all the factors considered by the courts, including:

  • The needs and the ability to pay of each spouse
  • The length of the marriage
  • The age and health of the parties
  • The respective incomes of the parties