·FAMILY LAW·

We handle all issues pertaining to family matters and domestic relations.
Looking Out For You And Your Best Interests In Divorce
When you are considering the possibility or have decided that divorce is inevitable, you want to know that when the divorce is final, your rights will be protected, your property divided equitably and that the custody of your children will be properly addressed.

You want to know that your lawyer will not compound the stress that inevitably attends such a major transition. You want to know that the lawyer you choose to represent you will fight tirelessly and fervently for your rights.

At George & Davis, P.C., we have extensive experience representing clients from Sturbridge and throughout surrounding areas in divorce proceedings. We understand that divorce is not simply the end of a marriage — it is a new beginning for both spouses. We are here to help you lay a foundation for a prosperous and successful post-divorce life.

Resolving Divorce Disputes

There is a lot at stake in a divorce, and legal issues can quickly become contentious. We provide strong advocacy in all types of divorce disputes, including those involving:

  • Property division
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support/alimony
We tailor our approach to suit the unique needs of each and every client. We strive to resolve divorce disputes amicably, without causing the undue expense and anxiety that accompany a protracted legal battle. However, we are always prepared for aggressive litigation when necessary.
Find A Custody Agreement That Works For Your Family
When a marriage between parents ends in divorce or when unmarried parents separate, the parent-child relationship does not go away. The most important legal issues facing parents in this situation involves the future care and well-being of the children.

If you face a child custody issue in Massachusetts, the attorneys at George & Davis, P.C., are here to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children.

Karen Davis is an experienced family law attorney and a mother of three. She knows the law and understands the tremendous personal stakes that accompany child custody and visitation matters.

Child Custody Disputes

Child custody disputes are among the most sensitive and contentious in all of the law. Whenever possible, we guide our clients to amicable resolutions to these disputes. We understand that parties are sometimes unwilling to be reasonable, however, and we are always prepared for strong litigation.

The courts look at several factors when determining child custody arrangements, including the established living pattern of the child, and the ability of each parent to care for the child and the best interests of the child.

In most cases, the child is best served by maintaining a meaningful relationship with both parents. We are here to ensure that your child-parent relationship remains strong in the wake of a divorce or separation.

Bridging A Better Way Forward For Divorcing Couples
Issues that personally affect you and your family can be stressful and highly emotional. When it comes to matters involving your finances or the amount of time you spend with your children, disagreements are fairly common and often require the involvement of a third party to sort out.

Many spouses in Massachusetts who choose to divorce or separate aim to do so in a constructive and respectful manner. For these individuals, mediation serves as an attractive alternative to a traditional divorce or custody battlewhere major decisions with regard to the distribution of marital property and parenting time and visitation are made by a judge and the courts.

The Mediation Process

Through the mediation process, divorcing spouses come together to discuss, negotiate and finalize the terms of a divorce including property, support and parenting issues. When successful, mediation allows spouses to maintain more control over the outcome of their divorce. It also provides for opportunities to find creative solutions when dividing property and figuring out matters related to their children.

Our role in the mediation process is to help parties come to a fair and reasonable solution to what is often a difficult and confusing process. As a mediator, we do not act as a traditional family law attorney or represent either party individually, but rather provide information to help each spouse understand the issues at hand and the related financial and legal considerations. The goal is to procure an agreement that both spouses consider to be fair and mutually beneficial. Once a final agreement is reached, we draft all of the necessary documents to file and finalize your divorce.

Experienced Family Law Guidance
At George & Davis, P.C., we provide experienced family law representation to clients in Sturbridge and throughout the surrounding Massachusetts communities.

We are invested in seeing you achieve the best possible outcome in your family law matter. Our attorneys are well-versed and effective in seeking resolution to common family law disputes involving:

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Mediation
Mediation is a process that allows both parties to discuss, negotiate and finalize the terms of their divorce including property, support and parenting issues. We help divorcing spouses come to fair, reasonable and mutually beneficial solutions.
2
Divorce
If you face divorce in Massachusetts, we are the strong advocates and understanding allies you need. We will work hard to safeguard your future, finances and parental rights in divorce.
3
Child custody and visitation rights
Disputes related to figuring out issues related to dividing time with and care of children often generate the most anguish in divorces. Our attorneys will help you find creative parenting plan solutions or, when necessary, fight to protect your children and parental rights.
4
Child support
Whether you are paying or receiving child support, as a parent you want to know that your child is being provided for. We represent parents who wish to establish initial child support orders and those who want to modify existing orders. In every case, we fight for fair results for our clients.
5
Alimony and spousal support
A 2013 Massachusetts law established a standard formula for classifying and determining alimony. If you are planning to file or wish to modify an existing alimony amount, we can assist.
6
Property division
The division of marital assets is often one of the most hotly contested issues in divorce. Providing for your financial security and upholding your rights are our foremost priorities. Our attorneys are accomplished in valuing and dividing complex assets such as retirement accounts and investments in accord with a forward-looking strategy to protect your financial future.
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Modifications
When changing circumstances require a modification of legal orders, we can help. We can also represent you if you are trying to stop a modification that will adversely affect you. Child custody, visitation, child support and alimony orders can be modified if there is a material or substantial change in circumstances.
FAQ About Divorce
1. How do I get divorced?
There are three ways to get a divorce. Mediation, uncontested divorce of a contested divorce. Mediation involves the parties working together with a mediator to create a final divorce agreement. Uncontested divorce, the parties resolve all the issues of their divorce, either with attorneys or on their own, and file a joint divorce. Contested divorce, the parties are unable to resolve their issues and the Court get involved
2. Do I need an attorney?
An attorney has the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the court system but you can file on your own.
    3. Can my spouse's lawyer represent both of us?
    Regardless of background, all mediators will work as a neutral party. As an attorney, I will be able to assist you through the legal arena and help you resolve your issues under the umbrella of the law.
      4. How long will the divorce take?
      The time to complete a divorce depends on which vehicle you choose to proceed with. Mediation and uncontested divorces depend on how many issues and the level of complication associated with the issues. A contested divorce can take years if the case goes all the way to trial.
        5. What are the grounds for divorce?
        The most common ground for divorce is irretrievable breakdown. There are other less common grounds such as cruel and abusive treatment.
        6. Can my spouse stop me from getting a divorce?
        No. At the end of the day, you will get a divorce. The timeline and cost tends to be more when one party does not want to get divorced.
        7. What happens if I do not want the divorce?
        If your spouse files for divorce, you will eventually be divorced.
        8. How does the court decide who gets custody of the children?
        Custody issues are probably the most complex issues for the court to address and are very fact specific to each case. The guiding principal the courts follow is best interest of the child when determining custody.
        9. How much child support will I get?
        Child support is based on each parties income, who pays the health insurance cost and if there is any child support already being paid by one or the other party. mass.gov has a worksheet you can fill out to get an idea of the child support amount in your case
        10. How does the court decide who will get the house?
        There are many factors that determine who get property in a divorce. The general rule is anything acquired, both assets and liabilities, during the marriage is split 50/50 but there can be factors in a marriage that the court would consider to deviate from the general rule
        11. Am I entitled to alimony or spousal support?
        Alimony and spousal support is based on need and ability to pay, length of the marriage and the specific factors of each case. It is not a guarantee.
        12. How does the court divide our assets including investment and retirement accounts?
        The general rule is that everything accumulated during the marriage, both assets and liabilities, are split 50/50 but there can be factors in the marriage that the court would consider to deviate from the general rule.
        13. How much does it cost to get divorced?
        The cost of a divorce depends on the type of divorce you choose, mediation, contested or uncontested divorce. The more contentious your divorce, the more it is going to cost you to get divorced.
        14. Can I date while separated?
        This is not a legal issue and there are many factors that can have both a negative and a positive impact on your divorce, dating being one of those factors.
        15. Do I have to go to the court?
        Yes. If there is a court date set, generally the parties have to be there. If you have an attorney, there are some court dates that your attorney can handle for you but not if the court date addresses an issue of substance.
        16. How do I get my former name back?
        You can ask the court to allow you to resume your former name on you Complaint for Divorce or in your agreement.
        17. What is a Separation Agreement?
        A separation agreement is an agreement between the parties that addresses all the terms of your divorce and later is incorporated into your divorce as the final terms of your divorce.
        18. How do I know if my case is contested or uncontested?
        If it is an uncontested divorce, nothing would be filed without your involvement so if you get served, it is a contested divorce. That said, if you and your spouse come to an agreement at any time, you and convert to an uncontested divorce and finalize everything with minimal court involvement.
        19. Will I get part of my spouse's pension?
        As a general rule, any pension benefit that was accrued during the marriage, you would get half of the marital value. There are factors that the court will consider to deviate from the general rule.
        20. What happens to the parties' debts?
        As a general rule, if the debt was accumulated during the marriage, the parties would split the debt 50/50. There are factors that the court will consider to deviate from the general rule.
        21. Do I have to be living separately from my spouse in order to be able to file for divorce?
        No. As long as there are no abuse issues, the parties often remain in the same home until the divorce is final as most people have to sell assets or redistribute assets before they can afford to move on.
        22. How can I keep my legal fees down?
        The best way to keep legal fees down is to work with your spouse to resolve your issues and come up with an agreement. Mediation is an excellent arena to consider to help you and your spouse finalize your affairs. If there are abuse issues, it becomes very difficult for the parties to work together and often these cases need the courts involvement both to protect parties and ensure a fair outcome.



        Our lawyers will work hard to help you resolve family law disputes with the least possible stress and as amicably as possible. Nevertheless, we recognize that situations may arise that require tough litigation. We strive at all times to do what is in the best interest of our client.

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