Atwood & Cherny, P.C.

Atwood & Cherny, P.C.

Massachusetts Divorce & Family Law Firm

Firm Overview

The Boston, Massachusetts divorce and family law firm of Atwood & Cherny, PC is a nationally recognized family law firm concentrating in sophisticated matrimonial/divorce law matters including negotiation and drafting of separation, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements; trials and appellate work in divorce, custody and post-trial modification matters. The firm also offers other services and representation in alternative dispute resolution (mediation, collaborative law and arbitration); serving as court appointed masters, conciliators and guardian ad litems.

Main Office

Main Office
101 Huntington Avenue, 25th Floor
Boston MA 02199




We represent individuals in all aspects of divorce, custody, alimony, child support, paternity, restraining orders, domestic violence and related matters throughout all counties in Massachusetts.

The firm has a lifetime of experience in the area of family law. We have practiced extensively in the Probate and Family Courts in Massachusetts and are familiar with the judges who may be involved in your case. It is our utmost priority during this difficult time that we are responsive to your questions and concerns, and return your phone calls promptly. Most importantly, our attorneys are skilled at negotiating a settlement, but also have the ability to aggressively litigate and advocate for you to protect your rights and interests.

Our divorce and family law attorneys, capably assisted by our experienced paralegals and support staff, work hard for you always with the goal of achieving an orderly, cost effective and successful result achieved in a compassionate and aggressive manner. We can assist you in the following areas:

-Divorce matters including separation issues
-Modification of existing court orders
-Custody disputes
-Child support
-Child Visitation
-Restraining orders
-Domestic violence and sexual abuse
-Drafting and negotiation of Premarital Agreements
-Name change

Divorce is an emotionally contentious and grueling process. Unfortunately, nearly half of all marriages in the United States ends in divorce. If divorce seems inevitable, it is critical that you select an attorney who concentrates in the field of family law, understands your legal rights and all options available, and will obtain the dissolution of your marriage while protecting your best interests. If you have exhausted all other options to preserve your marriage, contact our office for compassionate and aggressive legal advocacy.

David E. Cherny

Atwood & Cherny, P.C.

David E. Cherny is a founding partner of the Boston Law firm of Atwood & Cherny, a nationally recognized law firm concentrating in the practice of Family Law. He is a fellow of the International and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, serving as past President of the Massachusetts Chapter. He is also a member of the American Probate & Family Inns of Court.

Mr. Cherny is a 1978 graduate (cum laude) of Boston University School of Management and received his law degree (cum laude) from Suffolk University in 1981. He is a member of the Massachusetts & Texas Bars and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, (D. Mass.), United States Court of Appeals, United States Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Cherny is an active member of the Massachusetts, American and Boston Bar Associations. He is a frequent lecturer at law schools and to family law lawyers and judges. He is author of numerous articles in the field of family law, and is co-author of the Massachusetts Family Law Manual. He has been recognized by his peers and certified in Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in American Law. He has been included in the Law & Politics/Boston Magazine listing of "Massachusetts Super Lawyers" and "New England Super Lawyers" in the field of family law. For over 20 years he has been certified in Best Lawyers in America in the field of family law and appellate law.

Mr. Cherny and his firm have been involved in numerous family law cases and appellate decisions which have had a significant role in shaping family law in Massachusetts. He has made appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Dateline and Today, Court TV as well as other television, radio, and newspaper interviews in connection with some of the firm's high profile cases.

He has represented clients in a Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also represented clients in numerous cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court in the areas of religious freedom in custody cases, pre-marital agreements, durational alimony, inherited wealth and division of assets, to name a few. Many of Mr. Cherny's cases have been instrumental in shaping family law legal principles in Massachusetts. (See Significant Cases)

"I often ask my clients if they have seen the movie, 'War of the Roses'. Danny DeVito says it best that an amicable divorce is a contradiction in terms. During my years of practice, I may have seen one or two amicable divorces; otherwise, they tend to be a roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings for the client. Effective representation requires this understanding coupled with an intricate knowledge of the many facets of the law that go into complex divorce litigation," says Cherny.


Suffolk University
Juris Doctorate, 1981