Divorce is never a happy time for anyone. Emotions run high, and sometimes they spill over at very inopportune moments. For this reason, it is almost always advisable to have an experienced divorce attorney not only guiding you through the process, but also speaking for you when your “choice words” would be highly inappropriate and probably detrimental to your case.
Sometimes even after the divorce is over you may have to return to court and rehash the past as new, unforeseen issues arise. Maybe your children were so young when you divorced that you forgot to add a provision to your divorce agreement that provides for college expenses. Maybe you lost your job and legitimately cannot afford child support. Maybe you want to take your child on vacation and the agreement does not provide for that. The list goes on and on and on. The best way to approach these situations is to consult with a family law attorney before you do anything at all. Simply going it alone could end up costing you big, and could potentially put you behind bars if you make a big enough mistake. It’s not worth the risk.
Finally, guardianships and adoptions, though they seem far removed from the drama of divorce, are handled in the same court in Massachusetts. The forms and procedures are not intuitive, and they often take months to become final, even with the best of legal representation. If you are considering filing either a guardianship or adoption matter in the probate and family court, please consult a local family law attorney before proceeding.