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Experienced Rhode Island Family Law Attorneys Provide Peace of Mind to New Englanders

Providence firm offers responsive representation in domestic matters

Divorce and other family law issues are stressful enough on their own without wondering what is happening in your case or whether your lawyer is going to return your calls. At Shapiro Dorry Masterson LLC, our attorneys make it a priority to remain in close contact with our clients during a family law proceeding to answer their questions, relieve their concerns and provide peace of mind. We have helped clients throughout New England in matters involving divorce, alimony, child support, child custody and visitation. We seek cost-effective solutions such as mediation and out-of-court settlements to minimize your financial burden and allow you to more quickly get on with your life. And we will be there to guide you through every step of the process.

Accomplished attorneys handle complex family law issues  in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Family law matters can be challenging because of the emotions that so often surround the breakup of a marriage, a dispute over child custody or a request for financial support. We understand that each case presents its own unique set of facts and circumstances. Our firm stands ready to understand your specific needs and concerns and guide you to the best possible outcome in matters involving:

  • Divorce — The laws relating to the grounds for divorce, waiting periods for filing, division of marital property and other aspects of a marriage dissolution vary from Maine to Massachusetts. With attorneys licensed in all New England states, our firm can advise you as to the nuances of the law in your particular state. We will represent you throughout the divorce process and work toward reaching a settlement that meets your particular needs. If settlement is not possible, we will zealously represent your interests in court.
  • Alimony — Spousal support, also known as alimony, may be awarded by the court under certain circumstances depending on the length of the marriage, each party’s earning capacity and other factors. We will evaluate your case in light of the applicable law of your state and ensure that any alimony award is fair, just and consistent with the law.
  • Child support — If a child’s parents cannot reach agreement on child support, the court will calculate the amount each parent must pay using a state-mandated formula applying a number of factors, such as the parents’ respective incomes, although those factors vary by state. We can help you to reach an out-of-court agreement that meets your family’s needs or to ensure that the court properly applies all relevant factors. We can also assist you in seeking modification or enforcement of an existing child support order.
  • Child custody and visitation — Issues regarding child custody arrangements or visitation schedules can arise in a divorce proceeding, between unmarried parents or even between a parent and a grandparent. The courts of every state determine what is in the best interests of the child in deciding these cases. If an agreement cannot be reached between the parties in your custody or visitation case, we will present evidence and argument to show that your desired arrangement is in your child’s best interest.

Our firm has the detailed legal knowledge and experience necessary to handle any family law matter throughout New England. We are committed to resolving your challenging issue in an expeditious and cost-effective manner so you can obtain a fresh start in life.

Providence firm provides options for alternative dispute resolution in family law matters

In some cases, the parties to a divorce or other domestic dispute may be able to reduce their financial and emotional burden by resolving the matter outside of the traditional court system. Alternative dispute resolution options for family law matters include mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. Our legal team has received specialized training in alternative dispute resolution methods and offers these alternatives as an option to our clients. If you would like to discuss the possibility of using alternative dispute resolution in your family law matter, we offer a free initial consultation.

Contact a skilled Rhode Island family law attorney for a free initial consultation

If you are facing a challenging family law issue, whether divorce, custody or another matter, the skilled attorneys at Shapiro Dorry Masterson, LLC in Providence can help you achieve a positive result. To learn how we can assist you, please call 401-400-5985 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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  • Providence Office
    145 Waterman Street
    Providence, Rhode Island 02906
    Phone: 401-455-0002
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