Family Law


Legal matters related to divorce and post-divorce modifications are highly emotional. We approach each case with a sensitivity and compassion for the adults involved, but especially for the children. Our experienced lawyers strive to help families avoid court while resolving divorce disputes and post-divorce modification matters regarding the following:

  • Child support
  • Custody/visitation
  • Property division
  • Spousal support/alimony

Fear is often a predominant emotion for families in divorce. We strive to resolve divorce issues through negotiations and arbitration or mediation. However, we are experienced litigators, and when litigation is necessary we have the skill to effectively and aggressively represent our clients’ interests.

If you are considering divorce or need an attorney to guide you through a post-divorce modification contact the Law Office of Jessica Sousa, P.C. at (978) 777-7272 for a free consultation. A knowledgeable attorney will advise you about your options.

Child Support

Child support in Massachusetts is calculated using state guidelines. These guidelines include factors such as the number of children, their ages, offsets for childcare and health insurance costs, and the incomes of both parents. At the Law Office of Jessica Sousa, P.C. our lawyers help divorcing parents with child support–often the most contentious part of a divorce. Child support orders are frequently difficult to modify unless one parent’s circumstances change significantly.

Because of the length of the financial commitment and the importance of a child support award to the well-being of you and your children, it is important to contact an attorney experienced with child support in Massachusetts. Our experience and knowledge has helped our clients obtain the most advantageous child support orders that reflect our client’s circumstances and benefit their children.


Calculating and awarding alimony has become increasingly complex. No two situations are alike. A number of considerations are involved in the calculation of alimony, including:

  • Incomes and needs of both parties
  • Length of the marriage
  • How long a non-working or dependant spouse has been out of the workforce
  • Whether a spouse working part time is likely to find full time employment
  • Educational levels of the parties
  • Ages of children and the custody arrangements that have been ordered
  • Maintaining a certain standard of living
  • Whether one spouse postponed education or advancement to further the goals of the other spouse

Because every situation is different, our lawyers seek to develop alimony proposals that are tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of our clients.

It is critical to contact an attorney as soon as possible when contemplating alimony. A knowledgeable attorney will advise you about your options. To learn more about your rights, contact the Law Office of Jessica Sousa, P.C. at (978) 777-7272 for a free consultation. We have the knowledge and resources to get you the compensation you need and deserve.