How We Can Help:
The Law Office of Frank Gaynor can help you with your Massachusetts family law case in one of several ways, depending on the issues involved, their complexity, the relative positions of you and the other party with respect to these issues, and the willingness of you and the other party to resolve them.
Traditional representation involves retaining an attorney to represent you in your family law case from beginning to end. After an initial consultation (one half hour of which is provided at no charge by the Law Office of Frank Gaynor), you will provide detailed information about your personal, family, and financial circumstances. Based on this information, your attorney will be able to advise you regarding your specific legal rights and obligations and represent your interests in and out of court. Not only can an experienced family law attorney provide you with unbiased professional advice, by acting as your representative he or she can help insulate you from much of the emotional stress found in family law cases. In court, there is no substitute for having a knowledgeable attorney presenting your case in the best possible light.
Limited representation is a relatively new concept in Massachusetts. Currently available throughout the Commonwealth, limited representation involves retaining an attorney to represent you in discrete aspects of your fat family law case. This can involve consultation and guidance, document preparation, and court appearances for one or more but not necessarily all hearings. Although obtaining legal services in this à la carte manner can provide cost savings over traditional representation, it may not be cost- or result-effective in some instances, particularly where continuity in the case is important.
Mediation, in which the parties together retain the services of attorney or other qualified professional to assist them in negotiating a settlement to their family law case, does have advantages over the adversarial process (traditional or limited) in which each retains his or her own attorney. A case is ripe for mediation if the factual and legal issues involved are not overly complex and the parties are able to talk and listen to one another, make complete disclosure about their respective finances, and trust the other to do so. It is important to understand the parameters of mediation.
A mediator does not represent either party individually; rather, the mediator assists both of them to resolve the issues involved cooperatively. All communication and work product during the mediation process is confidential and cannot be disclosed in any subsequent court proceeding. If at any time either of the parties is not satisfied with the mediation, he or she may withdraw from it and pursue this matter in the adversarial process. The mediator, however, cannot represent either of the parties individually in that process or be compelled to testify in court or otherwise.