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Family law is a sensitive area of the legal system, and it requires the support of a compassionate and experienced attorney to help you and your loved ones navigate the process you are going through in order to reach a solution that works for everyone. Partnering with The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien is one of the best decisions that you can make during this time so that you can be confident in the support that you have from our team, and you can look to the future with hope.

Take a look below to get a better idea of some of the general practice areas of family law that we can help you with, and request an initial consultation with us right from our home page. The sooner you have legal representation in your family law case, the more time you and your lawyer will have to work out a strong approach to your case and identify your best possible outcomes.

What Is Family Law?

Family law is a general term that covers a variety of legal areas relating to family matters such as adoption, paternity testing, divorce, child custody, and more. Family courts focus on family welfare as they make their rulings, and this type of sensitivity to the needs of your family is something that you can rely on as you move forward with your own family law issues.

Family Law Areas We Practice

The following are a few examples of the family law areas that we practice in. Whether or not you see your specific situation listed below, request your consultation and let us know what you need help with so that we can either discuss how we can work together, or provide you with some additional information that will help to inform these early steps of your journey.



Divorce is an extremely sensitive topic with many moving parts that must be addressed. If you are preparing to go through a divorce in Rhode Island or Massachusetts, contact our firm now to get legal support from the moment you first file the paperwork until the day that the courts finalize your divorce and you can move forward with your life.

In order to have a divorce finalized, you and your spouse will need to agree (or have the courts decide) on a variety of things, such as an equitable division of your marital debt and property, child support, alimony, custody, and more. Each of these will require extensive work, all of which we will be happy to help you navigate so that we can work towards a speedy and positive outcome.

Child Custody

Child custody issues can happen in tandem with a divorce, or could be an issue between unmarried parents or guardians. Either way, the most important issue throughout child custody cases is that the welfare of the child in question has access to the best possible living standards available to them. We will work with you to prove to the courts that you are a responsible parent who deserves to be a part of your child’s life.

Child Support

Child support is a structured payment that goes from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent so that they can provide the child with things like healthcare, education, recreation, and other things for their wellbeing. Unfortunately, sometimes child support can be weaponized or used as a type of punishment from one parent against the other, but we will fight to ensure that you are treated fairly throughout this process and that your child gets the support they need.


After a divorce, under some circumstances, the financially-dependent spouse may request alimony payments for a duration of time. These payments are separate from child support, and are sometimes referred to as spousal support in that they are intended to provide the spouse with financial support as they adjust to their new life and financial reality. As with child support, this tool has the possibility to be abused; with our help, we will fight to make sure that your alimony agreement is fair to all parties.

Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law

The following are just a few of the commonly asked questions that we will be happy to answer for you during our first consultation and throughout our work together. These are intended to provide you with a general idea of the answer but are in no way meant to give you a comprehensive answer for your own unique situation. 

Why hire a family lawyer?

Rarely, if ever, is it a good idea for someone to represent themselves in a court case, and this is especially true when you are trying to make sure that your sensitive legal matters are handled fairly and with experience. When you hire a family lawyer, like the team at the Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien, you can be confident that you are being represented by a family attorney in Rhode Island or Massachusetts who is focused on your best interests and outcome. 

Will my divorce need to go to trial?

The answer to this question depends on the specifics of your marriage, and your spouses willingness to work together to reach an agreement about your case. When your spouse is willing to work together, you will be able to go through an uncontested divorce, either with mediation or working through attorneys. If you or your spouse are unwilling to work together, then you may need to go through a contested divorce that will require the court to make certain decisions about your marriage and divorce. 

How much child support will I need to pay in Rhode Island or Massachusetts?

In order to determine how much child support you will need to pay, we will need to go through a range of your financials (as well as your child’s other parent) to make accurate calculations. Keep in mind that even if you and your spouse reach an agreement about the amount of child support that each pays, the courts may need to review them in order to finalize your divorce so you can move on with your life.

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