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BERARDI LAW, a Divorce
and Domestic Litigation Law Firm
Thinking about divorce?
Real Property Litigation
DOMESTIC DISPUTES / FAMILY LAW
Division of Property
Post and Pre-Nuptial
Basic Estate Planning
How much does a divorce cost?
No one can answer that question! It is all up to you. At Berardi Law, we do our best to control fees. Our pricing models allows you the flexibility of controlling your costs. We offer a flexible fee arrangement that works for everyone. Whether your divorce is fully contested and complex requiring full litigation, or you and your spouse are in total agreement to divorce but you still need legal representation, we offer the right service for you.
Divorce, child support, asset division, and other contested disputes can add up if you let it. As your attorney, we represent you throughout the legal process. During our initial consultation, we will discuss your options and you will know up front what our hourly fees are and what you will be billed for. We work for you and charge a preapproved hourly rate for any services performed. Traditional legal services are billed by the hour. You can control your legal expenses. We work for you at your request and not vice versa. Call 617-206-4667 to discuss your legal needs.
LIMITED ASSISTANCE REPRESENTATION
At Berardi Law, we offer our clients Limited Assistance Representation (LAR). LAR is when an attorney represents or assists a litigant with part, but not all, of his or her legal matter, instead of the standard full representation on an entire case. What this means for you is the option of having an attorney represent you for a specific task (for example: modification) instead of the full divorce proceeding. This legal relationship works well when there are multiple legal matters pending but you do not want full legal representation for all. Call 617-206-4667 to learn more about limited assistance representation.
FIXED FEE ARRANGEMENT
At Berardi Law, we can offer you a fixed fee arrangement. Pro Se litigants (“on one’s own behalf”) may decide to handle their own divorce or legal proceeding. If you are looking for an attorney to consult with and assist you in your legal filing, this option may be for you. Call 617-206-4667 to learn more about our fixed fee pricing arrangement.
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Attorney Berardi is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Prior to opening his own law practice, Attorney Berardi worked in the management consulting industry, focusing on corporate governance in the financial services industry. Concentrating on divorce and litigation, Attorney Berardi is a dedicated, passionate attorney who represents the needs of those who deserve an attorney who fights for them. Coming from modest roots, Attorney Berardi worked his way through college, business school and law school. During the summers from college, Attorney Berardi would work in the masonry business with his father. He still has a brick in his office to remind him of where he came from and who he is. He takes the same approach to the law as building a set of stairs, "there are no short cuts in hard work."
Areas of Practice
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
J.D., Massachusetts School of Law, Andover, MA
M.B.A., Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
B.S., Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Donato V. Berardi
At Berardi Law, your case is the most important case. Therefore, to better serve you, we work in collaboration with several attorneys who bring a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in their respective areas of law such as OUI/criminal matters, immigration, real estate conveyancing, bankruptcy, etc. If you need legal representation in an area, we will work with you to make sure you are well served.
Give us a call at 617-206-4667 or reach us online for more information. Our offices are located in Boston and Woburn, Massachusetts, we help clients throughout Greater Boston and Central Massachusetts including Middlesex, Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Bristol and Worcester counties.
Do you ever feel like you are all alone with your questions about divorce? We assure you, you are not. Every week, we receive phone calls and emails from people who need dependable answers to their serious questions.
Of course, every divorce is as unique as the spouses and children involved in the family. Call Berardi Law at 617-206-4667 to schedule an opportunity to discuss your divorce or family law problem with one of our attorneys as soon as possible.
How Long Will My Divorce Take?
Remember, "divorce" is actually the final court decree that comes at the end of the legal process. The process actually begins with a legal separation agreement, which requires negotiating a basic framework for the final divorce judgment. If you and your spouse can agree on most issues, the separation agreement may only take a week or two, then add another four to six weeks to get the court date for adjudication (approval) by a judge. The actual divorce decree will be handed down in three or four months after the court date. If you and your spouse cannot agree on custody, support or property issues, however, taking a divorce to trial may take up to two years or longer.
How Much Will My Divorce Cost?
While there are some pre-set court costs, the legal fees associated with a divorce can rarely be pre-determined. Each case is unique because the issues that need to be negotiated and settled are unique. At Berardi Law, divorce is not a product or service we offer. It is a legal process. During your initial consultation, your attorney will explain court and legal costs, attorneys' fees and our billing practices. We do offer a flexible pricing schedule to better suit your needs. There is no obligation to retain us as your legal counsel.
Will I Lose Access To My Children?
In Massachusetts, the courts expect both parents to share in the responsibility of raising their children. Custody does NOT mean ownership and the noncustodial parent will generally be granted every opportunity for parenting rights. If the court determines there are unusual circumstances concerning the children's safety and well-being during the separation period, both parents may be subject to a review by Child Protection Services, to determine whether the children should be placed under the protection of a guardian ad litem.
What About Spousal Support?
Alimony or spousal support in Massachusetts is awarded only under very specific circumstances. The dollar amount, duration and conditions of payment will be determined over the course of the divorce process. Permanent spousal maintenance is generally only awarded in cases of a long-term marriage in which one spouse was out of the job market and will be left at a severe financial disadvantage after the divorce. In cases of marriages lasting less than 10 years, temporary alimony may be awarded to assist a disadvantaged spouse during job training, college education or until employment.
Call With Questions About Your Specific Circumstances.
Call us at 617-206-4667 or send an email to schedule a consultation with our divorce attorney.
OUR BOSTON ADDRESS
434 Chelsea Street
Boston, MA 02128
OUR WOBURN ADDRESS
10 Cedar Street, Suite 23
Woburn, MA 01801
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