Divorce Lawyers & Trained Mediators

Bridge with water beneath.

Serving clients in Natick, Wellesley, Needham, Dover, Sherborn, Newton, Brookline, Weston, Sudbury, Wayland, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham, Framingham, Dedham, Medfield, and the Surrounding Communities and Throughout the Greater Boston and Metro-West Area

Our Mission

At Goldman & Sidgwick, our mission is to provide clients throughout Massachusetts with the support, guidance, and legal advocacy they need to achieve their objectives in divorce, custody, and related family law matters.  If you are contemplating a divorce or separation, are going through a divorce, or are considering a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement, we invite you to contact us to learn how we can help.

Divorce Does Not Have to be a Contentious Process

Divorce does not have to be a scorched earth process.  Fundamentally, a divorce entails resolving matters relating to child custody, support and property division. At Goldman & Sidgwick, we appreciate the fact that parties to a divorce often have had a long, personal history together and we try to preserve that history by attempting to resolve the issues amicably, whenever possible.  We understand that our clients may have children with whom they may share future life events such as birthdays, weddings, graduations, and grandchildren.  We know that resolving divorce matters amicably, when possible, will often be the most effective, efficient and expedient way to reach a fair resolution for you and your family.  However, if that is not possible or if a more effective route is through the court system, the attorneys at Goldman & Sidgwick are highly experienced and skilled litigators in the Massachusetts Probate and Family courts and will litigate the matter.

Perhaps the biggest emotional hurdle those going through divorce face is the feeling of helplessness and fear of the unknown. We are dedicated to providing our clients with all the necessary information they need so they understand their rights and can make informed choices about their future.

Innovative Divorce Solutions Focused on Your Objectives

It is not necessary to litigate every aspect of a divorce in front of a judge.  We work with clients to focus on their objectives and then seek to negotiate favorable outcomes and agreements through strategic resolution, rather than through litigation whenever possible.

Through years of representing clients in divorce and serving as divorce mediators, we are experienced in developing creative outcomes that benefit our clients.  We have also developed an extensive network of professionals to provide specialized assistance for our clients when they need advice on other related matters.

Our Attorneys are Skilled Litigators

We understand that even in good faith divorce negotiations, court involvement may be necessary.  In the event we are unable to amicably resolve any issues in your divorce, child custody, or other family matter, as skilled litigators, we have many years of experience appearing before the justices of the various Probate and Family Courts.  We can effectively and expertly navigate your case through the Courts.  When resolution through negotiation, mediation, or conciliation is not successful, we will litigate on your behalf.

The Types of Clients We Represent

We represent clients dealing with all types of family matters and in all stages of litigation or settlement negotiations:  divorce, child custody, contempt and modification actions, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, as well as those clients seeking to mediate or conciliate their case.

Many of our clients are professionals and business owners with businesses and professional practices, pensions, and retirement plans that must be considered in a divorce.  For more information, please see our page on dividing a business.

If You Are Contemplating a Divorce in Massachusetts or Are in Need of a Pre-Nuptial or Post-Nuptial Agreement, or Other Family Matter, Call Us and We will Provide You with Answers to your Questions

We help our clients focus on their desired outcomes and formulate strategies that move them forward in reaching their goals.

We understand that you may have questions, and we are here to guide you through every step of the process.  As experienced divorce lawyers, we will listen to your goals, explain your legal options, and tenaciously work to accomplish your objectives as efficiently and expediently as possible.  Let us shoulder the burden, so you can focus on what is important – your loved ones, your work, and building a better future.

If you are contemplating divorce, we can help you focus on the critical matters you should consider.  We will:

  • Explain the divorce process
  • Help you understand how courts may view various aspects of your divorce
  • Assist with financial concerns, including charting your living and support expenses
  • Provide guidance on different options for parenting plans
  • Explain methods for co-parenting
  • Negotiate custody and parenting plan matters
  • Negotiate spousal support and/or child support
  • Recommend mechanisms for coping with divorce stress
  • Handle all legal matters and Court filings
  • Tenaciously advocate to protect your rights and stability

No matter the circumstances surrounding your divorce, we are here to guide you through every step of the process.  You may schedule a complimentary initial consultation to learn about how we can help you move forward.  Below are answers to some of the common questions that arise during divorce proceedings.

Get the Immediate Help You Need – Housing, Custody, and Support

In addition to reaching an agreement for the matters noted below, often there will be issues that must be resolved immediately, such as who will remain in the primary residence, who will have primary physical custody of the children, and how parenting time for the children will be determined.  Support and access to bank accounts may also be a critical concern.  We can help with these and other immediate matters.

We Invite You to Call Us to Learn How We Can Help

In the interim, below are a number of frequently-asked questions about divorce in Massachusetts.

Divorce FAQs

Aside from the emotional aspects, issues that need to be addressed during a divorce typically include:

  • Custody and parenting plan issues
  • Housing Considerations
  • Asset Division
  • Property Division
  • Business Ownership
  • Debt Division/Responsibility
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support

If minor children are involved, the situation can become even more complex, as custody, parenting time, and child support must also be addressed.

Many of our clients are professionals and business owners who have significant business assets and real estate holdings. Businesses and, in particular, closely-held businesses, can present challenges in a divorce, as there can be issues relating to the business’ value. We are experienced in representing clients who own their own business, and we can develop strategies for allocating value, and work with experts to determine value for businesses, professional practices, and real estate matters.

States take different approaches to divorce proceedings. Some are “no-fault” states, meaning that individuals do not need a particular reason to get divorced (other than a natural break down of the relationship). On the other hand, “fault-based” states allow individuals to divorce only if they can show their spouse committed some form of wrongdoing (such as abuse or infidelity).

Massachusetts allows for “no-fault” divorce, as well as “at-fault” divorce proceedings based on various “grounds.” Most divorce cases in Massachusetts proceed as “no-fault” on the ground that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.