Patricia S. Fernandez

Patricia S. Fernandez

  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence
  • Massachusetts, New Hampshire
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Concentrating in domestic relations practice since 1986, Pat handles divorces, modifications, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and paternity issues. She provides mediation, arbitration and conciliation services. She is certified as an arbitrator through the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a Certified Financial Litigator through the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators. She also has served as Receiver, Trustee, Conciliator, Discovery Master and Guardian Ad Litem through appointments by the Probate and Family Court. Pat employs her extensive experience to craft intelligent solutions to clients’ problems and to guide clients towards realistic goals. While aiming to resolve matters in the manner most cost-efficient and beneficial to her clients, Pat has ample trial experience from which to draw, should it become necessary. Pat has conducted numerous trials (one as long as 15 days) in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts, many of which have involved complex business or commercial real estate valuations. Pat has consistently appeared in “Best Lawyers in America” since 2006 and has been named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” every year since 2005.

Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New Hampshire
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  • English
Yale Law School
J.D. (1986) | Family Law
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Wellesley College
B.A. (1986) | Psychology
Honors: Durant Scholar (equivalent to Magna Cum Laude)
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Best Lawyers in America
Nominated each year since 2006
Super Lawyers
Included each year since 2005
Professional Associations
American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators
- Current
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American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Board of Managers, Secretary
- Current
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American Inn of Court, Massachusetts Family and Probate
Vice President, Secretary, Board of Directors
- Current
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Essex County Bar Association
- Current
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Massachusetts Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Family Law Section Council, Law Practice Management Council
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State Bar of Massachusetts  # 548054
- Current
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Lawrence bar Association
Executive Committee
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Articles & Publications
The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act
Volume 1, Number 2, Section Review of the Massachusetts Bar Association
The Status of Grandparents’ Visitation Rights in Massachusetts
Boston Bar Journal
Representing Children in Grandparent-Parent Disputes
Grandparent Visitation Disputes: A Legal Resource Manual, published by the American Bar Association
Grandparent Access: A Model Statute
6 Yale Law and Policy Review 109
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
4 High Street
Suite 306
North Andover, MA 01845
Telephone: (978) 681-5454
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