Cervizzi & Associates

Cervizzi & Associates

Experienced and Personalized Family Law Representation in the Boston Area

Firm Overview

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Creative divorce and family law attorneys
Divorce changes everything for you and your family. This is a time when you need a lawyer you can count on. The experienced, creative and compassionate attorneys at Cervizzi & Associates listen to your unique story, educate you on your legal situation and help you understand your choices. You do have choices in a divorce, even when it doesn't seem like it. We are here for you.

Always focused on you and your family's interests
With more than 20 years practicing law, Laura J. Cervizzi founded Cervizzi & Associates in 2002 as a boutique firm dedicated exclusively to divorce and family law litigation. She has brought together a team of close-knit attorneys to represent clients no matter the size or complexity of your case, whether uncontested by parties who are agreeable and have limited issues, or when matters are contested and contentious. We know each case is different, and we tailor legal solutions that will work for your particular situation no matter how challenging.

Cervizzi & Associates safeguards clients through the process of divorce and handles the following matters:
-Divorce
-Child support
-Child custody
-Alimony or spousal support
-Parental rights/Father's & Mother's
-Restraining orders
-Complex marital estates
-Financial misconduct/hidden assets
-Business valuations
-Paternity
-Removal/relocation
-Pre-nuptial agreements
-Post-nuptial agreements
-Complaint for contempt
-Complaint for modifications
-Name changes
-Grandparent Rights
-Parental Alienation

Successfully serving Massachusetts families
Cervizzi & Associates represents individuals and families statewide in every county throughout Massachusetts. We have offices conveniently located in Boston, Beverly and North Reading, Massachusetts. Cervizzi & Associates provides the same superior level of service found in larger Boston firms at affordable rates.
Main Office
Main Office
350 Park Street, Park Place South, Suite 201 & 203
North Reading  MA  01864
Phone
  • 978-276-0777
Websites
Family
Divorce and Family Law
Strong legal advocates in the Boston area
Cervizzi & Associates provides specialized legal services to manage a wide variety of family law issues and take advantage of legal solutions.The best way to understand how these laws affect your situation is to talk to one of our family law and divorce attorneys. In the meantime, here is an overview of how we help our clients. There are three critical legal phases in a divorce:
-Preparation for the eventuality of your divorce
-The divorce process
-Beginning your life after divorce

Cervizzi & Associates advocates for you and your family on the following issues of divorce:
-Divorce
-Child support
-Child custody
-Alimony or spousal support
-Parental rights/Father's & Mother's
-Restraining orders
-Complex marital estates
-Financial misconduct/hidden assets
-Business valuations
-Paternity
-Removal/relocation
-Pre-nuptial agreements
-Post-nuptial agreements
-Complaint for contempt
-Complaint for modifications
-Name changes
-Grandparent Rights
-Parental Alienation

When you are confronted with the possibility of a divorce, you need expert legal information and advice. At Cervizzi & Associates, we will help you assess your situation. After our initial complimentary session, if your status is unclear, we can work with you on an hourly basis to provide the information you need to be legally prepared in the event that you are not ready to file for divorce.

Uncontested and contested divorce in Massachusetts
Divorce is often very traumatic and always life changing. Despite that, the majority of cases usually never go to trial.
It's often very complicated, usually traumatic, and always life-changing. Despite that, the majority of cases never go to trial. Whether we go to trial or not, we focus on achieving your goals through settlement or in court as cost-effectively as possible. Our experience includes handling cases, from the very complex involving large estates and business valuations to the uncomplicated with few contested issues. Divorces fall into two categories uncontested and contested.

Uncontested divorces are usually uncomplicated because there are few major areas of contention. The specific legal requirements, possible long-range complications and probable ramifications make it advisable to consult a family law attorney to ease the process and assure the best possible results.

Contested divorces are adversarial because there are many areas of contention. Since divorce can involve emotions, finances, homes, businesses, family and children, it is critical to retain an attorney who will listen to your concerns. It is crucial to have a professional advocate to represent you through the process and encourage settlement instead of a costly trial.

Most cases focus on alimony, child support, custody, parenting plans and property division. The agreement between parties can occur at almost any point during the divorce process, even though the case was originally contested.

Laura J. Cervizzi

Laura founded Cervizzi & Associates in 2002 and has been recognized as a distinguished family law practitioner concentrating in domestic relations litigation in Massachusetts. She has more than 20 years of experience in practice and began her career in litigation as an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. In 1992, Laura joined White, Inker and Aronson, a prestigious Boston law firm historically notable for its contribution to the development of modern divorce and family law in Massachusetts. In alignment with her creative and innovative method of practice, Laura established a family law firm with offices in North Reading, Boston and Beverly in recognition of the need for quality, affordable and flexible legal services in a boutique setting. Laura has successfully represented clients in a broad range of family law issues, including divorce, custody, support, parental rights, complex property division, modification and contempt actions. In 2010, she was awarded the Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Attorney Award and was recently recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as a 2011 VIP Professional Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the legal profession.

Admitted to practice
-Massachusetts, 1989
-U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1989
-U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1992

Awards and honors
-BV Distinguished Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbella widely respected mark of achievement signifying quality legal work, professionalism and solid ethical standards
-Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Attorney Award, 2010
-Awarded VIP Professional Woman of the Year, National Association of Professional Women, 20102011

Education
-Suffolk University, J.D., 1988
-Merrimack College, B.A., Political Science, 1983
-American University, Criminal Justice Semester

Professional memberships
-Boston Bar Association
-Middlesex Bar Association
-Plymouth County Bar Association
-Massachusetts Bar Association
-Women's Bar Association
-Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
-Board of Directors, Justinian Law Society, 1992present
-Beverly Rotary Club
-MBA Mentoring Circle Coordinator
Education
  • Suffolk University
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Laura Messier

Laura received her law degree from Northeastern University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University . While in law school, Laura completed internships with the Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Greater Boston Legal Services Family Law Unit, a small Boston firm concentrating in criminal defense and a large publishing house. Laura also completed the Domestic Violence Clinic while at Northeastern. Before attending law school, Laura worked at the Legal Aid Society of New York City in their Juvenile Rights Division.

Admitted to practice
-Massachusetts, 2006

Education
-Northeastern University, J.D., 2006
-Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A., 2001

Professional memberships
-Massachusetts Bar Association
-Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts

Biography
-Notary Public, 2007 present
-Volunteer, Lawyer for the Day Program at the Essex County and Norfolk County Probate and Family Court
Education
  • Northeastern University
    Juris Doctorate , 2006

Nicole M. Gallant

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Sociology from Merrimack College. Nicole is a graduate of New England Law School in Boston. While enrolled in law school, Nicole worked full time as a legal assistant at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong in Boston, where she worked primarily as the assistant to both the firm's managing partner and a senior partner who focused on real estate, business and tax law. Prior to attending law school, Nicole worked full time as a legal assistant at Tomlinson & Hatch in Andover, where she was responsible for providing primary legal support for the firm's two partners and managed all stages of real estate transactions.

Admitted to practice
-Massachusetts, 2008

Education
-New England Law School, J.D., 2008
-Merrimack College, B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, 2003

Professional memberships
-Massachusetts Bar Association, 2008 present
-Essex County Bar Association, 2008 present
-Lawrence Bar Association, 2011 present
-Member, Board of Directors, Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley

Biography
-Notary Public, 2001 present
-Massachusetts Real Estate License, 2011
-Mentor, Merrimack College Mentoring Program
Education
  • New England Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2008

Elise K. Pompei

Elise earned her law degree from Massachusetts School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Bridgewater State College. While enrolled in evening classes at Massachusetts School of Law, Elise was employed full time as a legal assistant in the domestic relations group at Partridge, Ankner & Horstmann, LLP in Boston, where she assisted the partner and associate.

Prior to attending law school, Elise was employed full time as a paralegal at Van Tine & Associates, a firm focused primarily on family law, where she was responsible for providing primary legal support for the firm's founder and associate.

Elise has focused on family law for the entirety of her career.

Admitted to Practice
-Massachusetts, 2012

Education
-Massachusetts School of Law, J.D., 2012
-Bridgewater State College, B.A. in Criminal Justice, 2007
-Paralegal Certificate, Bridgewater State College, 2007

Professional Memberships
-Massachusetts Bar Association, 2013

Biography
-Notary Public
Education
  • Massachusetts School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2012

Andrea E. Runstadler

Andrea earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Stonehill College. Andrea is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. While enrolled in law school, Andrea interned at the Prosecutor's Office in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Criminal Division in the Special Victim's Unit, which is responsible for prosecuting sexual assault and domestic violence offenders. Also during law school, Andrea interned at American Friends Service Committee working with immigrants applying for asylum, VAWA self-petitions, as well as U and T Visas.

After graduating from law school, Andrea served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. Walsh, J.S.C, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part for the 2009-2010 term. Prior to joining Cervizzi & Associates in July 2013, Andrea was an Associate Attorney at Ceconi & Cheifetz, LLC, in Summit, New Jersey from September 2010 to July 2013, wherein she focused her practice on complex domestic relations matters.

Admitted to practice
-Massachusetts, 2009
-New Jersey, 2010

Education
-Seton Hall University School of Law. L.D., 2009
-Stonehill College, B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice, 2005

Professional Memberships
-American Bar Association,2010 - present
-New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, 2010-2013
-Barry Croland Family Law Inn of Court, 2010-2013

Biography
-Notary Public
Education
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2009
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