Finding Effective Solutions To Divorce And Family Law Disputes

Divorce and family law problems can be among the most emotional legal matters to resolve. Whether you are beginning the paternity process, getting a divorce or working out child custody arrangements, it is important to work with a lawyer who can achieve your goals and give you the emotional support you need throughout the process.

At Moniz & Mendes, P.C., our Salem family law attorneys offer clients throughout the North Shore and surrounding communities in Massachusetts the legal representation they need in all family law matters, including:

We also help clients update their estate plans after divorce.

Attentive Service As We Work Toward The Best Possible Solution

Our Salem, Massachusetts, family law attorneys are attentive to our clients, who deal directly with their attorney and are always kept informed about the progress of their case. While taking a client-focused approach, we remain honest and straightforward about the status of the case and the possible outcomes.

Our goal is to advocate on your behalf and work with you to reach the best possible solution to your family law difficulty while conserving your financial resources and minimizing emotional upset during your divorce. At Moniz & Mendes, P.C. we are client focused and believe it is important to consider all options to reach the best possible solution, including the option of using divorce mediation.

What Our Clients Say: "It was great to have a lawyer who is on top of things, thorough and easy to talk with. Susie Moniz was responsive to my phone calls and was upfront when she thought I was not using her services most efficiently. She is direct and honest even when it was not what I wanted to hear. I highly recommend Susie as a divorce lawyer." Read more testimonials.

Limited Assistance Representation In Divorce And Family Law Matters

Some people find that although they can afford to pay for some legal assistance, the cost of full-service representation is prohibitive. Still others want to retain more control over their cases and turn to an attorney to coach them or assist with completing their paperwork, preferring to retain primary control over their legal matters and appear in court themselves.

In some cases, only one issue, such as child custody settlement or division of pension benefits, is quite complex and technical, while others are relatively straightforward. In those cases, the attorney may assist the client and perhaps even appear in court on the more difficult aspects. The attorney may also coach the client and explain the court's procedures before the client goes to court alone on the simpler issues. Limited assistance representation (LAR) allows you to hire an attorney to help you with only those parts of your case where you need legal help and advice. In addition to saving money, this gives clients the control they want throughout the divorce.

LAR encompasses a range of attorney-client relationships where the attorney handles part, but not all, of a legal matter. It can include everything from rendering advice and counsel, referred to as "coaching," to assistance with drafting of court documents, referred to as "ghostwriting," to situations where the attorney actually appears in court on a limited basis for part of a legal proceeding. Each limited assistance arrangement is different and is tailored to meet the client's needs, depending on the complexity of the legal and factual issues presented, the client's ability to self-represent, and the professional judgment of the attorney regarding which parts of a case may be effectively segregated and reassigned.

In Massachusetts, only attorneys who have attended special training are able to provide LAR. Attorney Susie P. Moniz provides this service and is able to offer yet another cost-effective way to resolve your dispute.

Get The Legal Help You Need. Call Us Today.

From our office in Salem, we represent clients in Essex, Suffolk and Middlesex counties and surrounding areas. To learn more about our divorce and family law representation or to schedule your free initial consultation, contact us online or call 781-350-4963.