Family Law (FL)


  • Proposed Standing Orders/Initiatives - Probate and Family Court

    The Probate and Family Court has invited comments on a set of proposals aimed at providing new mechanisms for just and speedy resolutions of family law cases.

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  • Family Law Section Member Spotlight

    Justin L. Kelsey has been selected as our August 2016 Member Spotlight. Be sure to read about Attorney Kelsey's practice and achievements on the MyBarAccess sidebar.

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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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  • The more I write and speak about mediation, the more opportunities I have to hear from people who still have questions about how it works. Recently one attorney on LinkedIn asked me about whether there are rules for financial disclosure in mediation... 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... MORE

  • The first step in facing divorce is to select the best divorce process for the two of you, for example, litigation or Collaboration (Collaborative Divorce). Of course, you each have different interests and goals; in litigation, a judge may dismiss... MORE

  • Divorce Arbitrator Anthony C. Adamopoulos of Salem will address divorce professionals – attorneys, mediators, financial and facilitator neutrals- at a professional development seminar of The Divorce Center on Wednesday, May 21 at the Sheraton Four... MORE

  • Divorce Arbitrator Anthony Adamopoulos of Boxford will address divorce professionals – attorneys and mediators- at a professional development conference of The Divorce Center on Wednesday, April 29 th at the Newton Marriott. His presentation will... MORE


Lloyd D. Godson (left), chair
Kimberley J. Joyce (right), vice chair 

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Justin L. Kelsey, Esq.

Skylark Law & Mediation, P.C.

Framingham, MA

Justin L. Kelsey, Esq. is a Mediator and Collaboratively trained lawyer.  He is the owner of Skylark Law & Mediation, P.C. in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he works with four other attorney/mediators who all concentrate in resolving family and probate disputes peacefully.  

Justin was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) as a Certified Mediator. MCFM is the first organization to certify family mediators in Massachusetts and certification is reserved for members of MCFM with significant mediation experience, advanced training, and education.  Justin is also President-Elect of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, sits on the Family Law Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association, and is a member of the MCFM Board of Directors.

Skylark Law & Mediation, P.C. (formerly Kelsey & Trask, P.C) was the first firm in Massachusetts to create a Child Support Calculator App for the iPhone and has since created a Family Suite of Calculators for the iPhone, which offers a child support calculator, alimony calculator, alimony recapture calculator, and a full social security retirement age calculator.  His firm’s website,, offers a Parenting Plan Worksheet designed to help parents visualize potential parenting plans on a four-week calendar, and includes a non-gendered version of the worksheet as well.

Justin focuses his practice on Dispute Resolution for families and is very excited about the Massachusetts Bar Association's recent decision to create a Dispute Resolution Section.  Justin has spoken at MCLE, the BBA, CDSC and the MBA on topics ranging from dispute resolution and mediation, to marketing & social media, to jurisdiction, child support and alimony, and he is always looking for new opportunities to train people in the art of peaceful conflict resolution. 

Justin currently serves as one of the faculty for the MCLE Mediation training and the upcoming MCLC Introduction to Collaborative Law Training in September of 2016.  For more information on that training, please visit

Congratulations to Attorney Kelsey for being selected for the August 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.