Family Law

Family Law

Family Law

In addition to immigration law, Attorney Shapiro practices some family law. This is very convenient for clients who also need family law services or whose immigration cases require family court proceedings, such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Attorney Shapiro handles family law cases in Massachusetts district courts. We represent clients in several family law matters.

Guardianship Petition

A guardianship petition is a petition to take over legal responsibility for a minor child whose parents cannot take care of them. A responsible adult in the child’s life can petition to become their guardian, a person who is legally responsible for the child and acts in a parental capacity (i.e. signing paperwork on the child’s behalf, caring for them, etc.). We represent clients in guardianship petitions in family court.

Second-Parent Adoption Petition

A second-parent adoption petition is a petition to adopt a partner’s biological child. A non-biological parent, such as a stepparent or same-sex parent, can petition to adopt their partner’s biological child, making the non-biological parent the child’s other legal parent, who is also legally responsible for them and acts as a parent. It provides an additional measure of protection for non-biological parents, particularly same-sex parents. We represent clients in second-parent adoptions and known donor agreements.

Restraining Order

A restraining order is a court order to protect the victim or survivor of alleged domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or sexual assault. It provides survivors with extra protection by making it illegal for the alleged perpetrator to contact them and/or come within a certain physical distance of them. In Massachusetts, it can be obtained by a present or former household member, a relative (by blood or by marriage), a co-parent, or a former or current partner. We represent clients in obtaining restraining orders to protect them from future abuse.

Joint Divorce Petition

A joint divorce petition is a petition for divorce made jointly by both spouses. It provides couples who mutually and civilly agree to get divorced with a simpler, less stressful way to get divorced. This is the least complex type of divorce because it is a mutual agreement. We represent clients in joint divorce petitions.


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