Category Sole Custody

Custody Cases in Massachusetts

Exceptional! Attorney Byers handled my divorce and custody battle, which was complicated and long. It was a removal case to a country that was not a signatory of the Hague convention. Attorney Byers exceeded all of my expectations, by being available on weekends, evenings, and even holidays. Always checking on me to make sure I […]

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5.0 Star Review of Client

5.0 stars Posted by Niall on May 8, 2013 A good man, person and excellent attorney I have know Atty. Philip Byers personally and professionally for many years. He handled my divorce proceedings in a most professional manner. During the preliminary proceedings, he had provided the opposing counsel with a separation agreement that was both […]

Parenting Time and the Holidays

I was in Essex Probate and Family Court this week and seeing the lines going out the door reminded me that sharing time with your children during the holidays is easier said than done.  The probation departments are overflowing with distressed moms and dads, either armed with lawyers or not, waiting to meet with the […]

Child Support in Massachusetts

Are you familiar with child support laws in Massachusetts?  I invite you to look at my website for information or call me to schedule a consultation to review the specifics of your unique situation.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

I am proud to announce that I have been selected to be a member of the Amicus Curiae committee for the National American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Part 4: Preparing for a Divorce Trial in Massachusetts

QUESTION 4: What will it cost? Some people are resolute about what they believe they want as an outcome, rejecting alternative solutions [mediation v. litigation], and seem determined to have their day in court. Difficulties can sometimes arise, however, due to the cost of trial. The cost of litigation is something that you have to […]

Part 2: Preparing for a Divorce Trial in Massachusetts

QUESTION 2: How does one prepare for trial? The trial is a presentation of evidence through witnesses’ testimony, sometimes by testimony presented via deposition transcripts, either audio/visual or transcript, and the presentation of documents and other physical evidence as exhibits. A trial, if done properly, is a highly technical, arduous exercise, where good trial lawyers, […]

Child Support- Massachusetts

Child support is an issue that has received a great deal of attention and revamping in the last two decades. Whether you are the person who pays or will receive payment, you will want to understand this important issue. The federal government, in order to bring the states into line on the child support issue, […]

New Website- Philip J. Byers

We are very proud of our new website http://www.philipjbyers.com and hope you will view it and let us know what you think. We especially want to thank Dr. Aaron Pollock, draaronpollock@gmail.com, who designed and implemented it for us. He did an AMAZING job and was a pleasure to work with!

Paternity Cases in Massachusetts

There has been a proliferation of paternity cases in the probate court. These cases arise when the parties are not married but have a child together. When I first started practicing law in the 1970’s, paternity meant blood tests and criminal non-support complaints issued by the district court. In today’s world where paternity filings exceed […]