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Divorce can be a difficult and emotional decision. Most people have no idea where to begin. Before you do anything else, even if you are unsure, call the Salem, Massachusetts Law Office of Barnes and Leighton. We offer affordable divorce consultation to guide you through your options and educate you on the divorce process.

Our attorneys will provide you with information about:

  • traditional litigated or court divorce proceedings
  • collaborative divorce
  • divorce mediation

We can also provide you information about:

  • how to file a paternity action to preserve the rights of a child born out of wedlock
  • property settlement or property division
  • custody and parenting plans
  • child support establishment, enforcement, or modification
  • Alimony/spousal support establishment, enforcement, or modification
  • health and life insurance
  • college education for your children
  • 209A Abuse Prevention Orders/restraining orders and harrassment orders
  • how to maintain or obtain contact with grandchildren

Our attorneys will ensure that you are comfortable and informed about the divorce process, the Probate and Family Court, and that you are well prepared for the future. Shannon and Kelly have the experience and compassion necessary to guide you through the divorce process or through the complexities of the Probate and Family Court, and to project realistic and sensible outcomes based on the laws of Massachusetts and the customs of the Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk County divorce judges.

If you would like more information about filing for divorce, beginning divorce proceedings,beginning paternity proceedings or pursuing a guardianship or grandparent visitation, contact our office today.

We represent clients in Salem, Boston's North Shore Area, and the surrounding parts of Massachusetts, including Beverly, Lynn, Lynnfield, Burlington, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Marblehead, Nahant, Newburyport, Reading, North Reading, Peabody, Saugus, Cambridge, Ipswich, Woburn, Malden, Somerville, Andover, North Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Topsfield, Rowley, Middleton, Swampscott, Lawrence, Lowell, Framingham, and all cities within Essex County, Middlesex County, Norfolk County, and Suffolk County, including North Reading, Reading, Wilmington, Ashby, Ayer, Townsend, and Woburn.