A Modern Approach To Family Law
The modern family does not fall easily into a short, concise description the way it did in the 1950s. Blended families and same-sex parents are almost as common as the traditional nuclear family that used to dominate our culture.
At MacKinnon Law Offices, we have experience helping families of all kinds deal with legal issues surrounding adoption, guardianship and divorce. Our approach is to take the time to get a thorough understanding of your unique situation and carefully explain your options. We will outline your best path forward, warning you about potential roadblocks and how to overcome them.
Navigating The Complex Process Of Adoption In Massachusetts
The state of Massachusetts government website strongly recommends that anyone filing for adoption get the help of a lawyer. The process of adoption involves a number forms to file, criminal background checks for the adopting parent(s) and, usually, a home study. The process becomes more complex if the adoption involves a child whose parents either gave up their legal rights or had their legal rights as parents ended by the court. The adoption process ends with a hearing before a judge who will ultimately decide whether to grant the adoption.
Petitioning The Court For Guardianship
When the court appoints legal guardians, they typically choose a relative or a friend of the family. However, anyone can petition the court for appointment as a guardian. When dealing with vulnerable adults, we examine the unique situation of each client to craft unique petitions that specify the expectations of the guardian and secure the assets of the protected person.
When dealing with a minor, we help petition probate and family court, making sure all fees are paid and documents filed. We also make sure you understand your responsibilities as a guardian.
Navigating The Process Of Divorce
MacKinnon Law Offices has represented clients in a variety of divorce situations. From childless couples divorcing amicably to complex, high-asset divorces involving support and child custody disputes, we can guide you through the process. We will work with you and your spouse to come to a mutual agreement on asset division, support and child custody arrangements for couples with children.
Our goal is to utilize mediation, negotiation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution to avoid relying on the court to make these decisions.
Helping Clients With Child Custody Arrangements
The goal of every child custody arrangement is to first address the best interests of the children and then the interests of you and your spouse. The preference of the court is to keep both parents involved in the lives of the children. We work with you and your children’s other parent to meet this goal.