Law Office of Michael L. Rich
Concentrating in Children's and Family Law
Especially Accusations of Abuse or Neglect of a Child or Children
37 Middlesex Circle - Unit 21
Waltham, MA 02452
781-373-1582, Fax: 339-368-7662
Email: mike@michaelrichlaw.com

This site is designed to help you understand the areas of law that I practice and what makes me and my practice different from other lawyers and from other family law practices. I have dedicated my practice and my life to helping families in their most desperate situations.

First, I am a family man and a parent. I understand intimately the difficulty in dealing with such stressful situations. However, I advocate strongly on behalf of clients, always treating them with respect and dignity. Many lawyers (even Family or Domestic Relations lawyers) do not practice in the areas of law listed below. That is because these types of cases are often difficult and require familiarity with subject matter and agencies that do not come into play in an ordinary divorce or parent-versus-parent custody case. Although difficult, I have grown to enjoy helping families in this capacity.

     

Specifically, I represent parents or children in the following types of cases:

  • Accusations of Abuse or Neglect of children
  • Care & Protection cases in the juvenile and district courts
  • Termination of parental rights in the juvenile, district and probate and family courts
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF, formerly DSS) Investigations (51As) and Fair Hearings
  • Adoptions
  • Guardianships of minors
  • Child support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Paternity

I have also handled many cases involving Education & Government Benefits, such as the following:

  • Ensuring that the needs of special education students are met (i.e. 766, IDEA and 504 for elementary, middle and high school students)
  • School discipline: CHINS, Truancy, manifestation hearings, positive behavioral plans, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions
  • Home schooling 
  • Student rights violations (for elementary, middle and high school students, not preschool or post secondary students)

Finally, I offer consultation, advice and training to staff and volunteers of non-profit and other entities which work with children and families in areas involving policies and procedures for risk assessment and reduction.

This includes the following:

  • Safe practices planning and implementation 
  • Mandatory Reporting of injured or neglected children (51As) 
  • Liability risk reduction

Most importantly, I handle each case PERSONALLY. Unless we agree to refer your case to a colleague with more specific expertise in your particular situation, I am the attorney who will be handling your case. With over a quarter century of experience in these cases, you can be assured of high quality representation and advice. If you have any questions regarding any of these areas, or you have a specific problem, call 781-373-1582 or click this link to send an email.

I offer free, brief telephone or email consultations on new matters, sliding scale fees, a flexible retainer policy and a reduced-cost initial office consultation.

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