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  • Family Law Section Member Spotlight - Seeking Nominations

    Please submit nominations via email to for the Family Law Section's Monthly Member Spotlight.

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  • Now Available: LexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Family Law, 2016 Edition

    Family Law Section Council Vice-Chair Lloyd D. Godson, as General Editor, presents the LexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Family Law, 2016 Edition. This publication offers concise explanations... MORE

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  • TO: All Family Law Practitioners Our volunteer programs tend to grow a bit thin during the summer months and need to get a shot in the arm this time of the year….hopefully you can help. Fortunately, through a partnership with the...

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Jennifer R. Clapp (left), chair
Lloyd D. Godson (right), vice chair

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Lloyd D. Godson, and various members of the Family Law Section who served as contributing chapter authors for the new LexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Family Law 2016 Edition.

Lloyd D. Godson is the principal founder of Godson Legal Group, located in Lynnfield, MA.  Attorney Godson is an experienced Attorney specializing in all aspects of family law, including cases heard at both the trial court and appellate court levels.  Attorney Godson’s practice includes extensive experience in drafting qualified domestic relations orders, custody, removal, international child custody, Hague convention, divorce, property division, complex property division and asset protection and maximization. 

Attorney Godson is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Past President of the Middlesex County Bar association.  Attorney Godson is also a conciliator through the Middlesex County Conciliation program, a pro bono service funded through the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, designed to bring resolution to family law matters through mediation.  Attorney Godson is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Section Council. 

Attorney Godson is a member of the International Conference on Couples and Family Relations and presented a keynote address with a colleague from London in Berlin, Germany in 2015.  Attorney Godson was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 1992, in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts in 1993, and the United States Supreme Court in 2004.  He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1992.

In addition to managing his practice and serving in various leadership positions, Attorney Godson recently edited and oversaw the publication of the LexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Family Law, 2016 Edition.  Written by a team of experienced practitioners, the Guide covers a wide range of topics related to Massachusetts Family Law, including divorce, spousal maintenance, child custody, same-sex relationships, alternative dispute resolution, and more.  The hard work and experience of the contributing authors provides extensive and invaluable insight to family law practitioners of all levels of experience.  This is a go-to reference for commonly asked questions as well as complex legal issues.

Congratulations to Attorney Godson for being selected for the May 2016 Family Law Section Member Spotlight. Please nominate colleagues (or yourself) for upcoming Member Spotlight recognition. To submit your nominations, send an email to Please include the name of your nominee, and a short write-up highlighting any accomplishments you feel should be recognized by the Section.