Family Law

Attorney John-Paul LaPré navigates the complexities

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Not much in the broad area of Law is more difficult than Family Law. Many people discover they must deal with Family Law when they are in the midst of a crisis that involves matters of Divorce, Separation, Paternity, Visitation, Child Custody/Support or other issues that arise in a relationship.

When you come in to meet Jack, you will immediately be put at ease. He listens intently. Through decades of experience he balances empathy with knowledge as he draws you out and gets a picture of what is happening and how it is affecting you, and other members of your family.

Family Law Attorney John-Paul LaPré, in Marlborough MA, has helped clients deal with these emotionally charged, stressful family matters, and to move forward with their lives. He knows how to help you manage and get past your legal challenges.

Clients benefit from Jack LaPré’s experience to resolve complex Family Law issues. He helps people find creative, unique solutions for their Family Law matters, including the following areas:

  • Custody, Child Support, Visitation, Paternity and Relocation (Removal issues)
  • Modifications of Separation Agreements or Judgments
  • Alimony
  • Discovery of Assets
  • Property Settlements
  • Contempt proceedings
  • Bankruptcy and Family Law Interaction
  • Pre-Nuptial & Post-Marital Agreements

Massachusetts has a reasonably new Alimony Law, which provides for four (4) different types of alimony. They are categorized according to the term, or duration of the marriage, and each has a different period of time that alimony must be paid relative to the length of the marriage. It provides a formula for payment. It changes when one begins to count the number of months to include a period of time that the parties lived together. It changes the rights of former spouses relative to each other on such things as co-habitation after divorce, and whether the payor spouse must continue paying alimony after retirement.

This is a complicated Family Law, and still undergoing legal challenges in the Appellate Courts of Massachusetts, including the Supreme Judicial Court. These courts are refining the meaning of the statute, and defining your rights. You need someone who will continue to monitor closely those appellate decisions to aid you in your case.