OPTIONS, SOLUTIONS, DIRECTION AND COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES

Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C.’s team of family litigators, mediators, and collaborative law attorneys provide options, solutions, direction, and comprehensive services to families in crisis whether that be divorce, child custody, restraining order, guardianship of a minor (grandchild), or modification or enforcement of a prior order.   We recognize that each family’s situation is unique, and with that our attorneys take the time to understand our clients’ goals, needs, and concerns so that we can craft strategies which fit that particular client.  As an example, we understand that financial security means different things to each person and understanding our client’s definition of financial security helps us to craft solutions which meet our client’s ultimate goals.

Our attorneys work with teams of professionals to guide our clients through the often stressful and overwhelming decisions involved in the divorce process and other family-related conflict.  It is imperative to have knowledgeable professionals assist clients research available options to ensure that all avenues are considered and the best options utilized in the resulting agreement or judgment.  We also understand that in our complex world many times a divorce or a custody issue involves more than just the spouses involved, in that, grandparents are many times directly involved in caring and supporting the clients and/or grandchildren.  We have the resources and experience to assist these families through the complex issues ahead of them.

Being client-focused, our support staff is also available to assist clients with questions and work through the many times overwhelming process of gathering the financial documents needed.

The attorneys in our Domestic Relations Practice Group are experienced litigators who can take cases to trial, if warranted, while remaining focused on working on settlement options.  Our attorneys are strong advocates for clients guiding them through the legal and other challenges during this process.  DCDC also offers mediation and collaborative law options for our clients as effective alternative dispute resolution methods which can be efficient and effective methods to reach agreements.  Our attorneys also have experience as guardian ad litems, parent coordinators, and masters.  Probate and Family Court judges have appointed our attorneys to complex cases as masters and guardian ad litems and attorneys representing a child.  We are one of the few local law firms that can offer such a broad practice.

“Part of what we do as a firm is come in and help resolve tough cases,” says Attorney Michelle M. Raymond, the head of the firm’s Domestic Relations Practice Group. “We excel in the problem-solving piece of settling and trying cases. It’s understanding not just the law, but the people involved. We pride ourselves on being good legal counselors and effective problems solvers for our clients.”

Mediation and Collaborative Law

In mediations, our attorneys act as a neutral third party to help clients agree upon a practical, long-term agreement which complies with court requirements, Massachusetts law, and the needs of their children and family.  We have found that mediated settlements tend to have less disputes, less court interaction later on, and overall work better for the families because, in part, both spouses helped with the solution and found common ground.

In a collaborative case, both sides retain collaboratively trained attorneys who have the goal of reaching a full resolution outside the courts and sign a contract confirming this goal. It’s a client-focused process that involves carefully planned meetings in which the clients, attorneys and a coach/facilitator actively participates. It has the added advantages of having financial and child/divorce coaches directly involved in the process.  The process is one which emphasizes cooperation, problem solving, and making decisions based on well thought out and researched options.  Most clients feel a sense of relief when they remove the pressure of court from the divorce process which opens up both parties to focus on what options will work for them and their children.

Our team can utilize a network of outside professionals like divorce coaches, financial advisors, real-estate experts or therapists if needed.

“I very much promote a team approach,” says Attorney Raymond. “We pull in other professionals to help make sure that our client has all the information they need, as well as the guidance they need to make an informed decision.”

Both mediation and collaborative law involve practical approaches to very emotional situations which benefits families more than if the case ends up in litigation. It keeps the case out of the overloaded court system, usually resulting in a quicker and more cost-effective resolution.  An added benefit is that the process keeps the communication lines open, focuses on the best interests of the children and helps the clients in the transition to the next phase of their life.   Most importantly it results in an agreement that is controlled by the family and not the court.

Litigation

If litigation is needed, our attorneys are ready to be strong advocates for our clients in the court process. Given the contentious nature of divorce or child custody cases, experience and knowledge of the judges in the surrounding counties is essential.  An added plus is that many of our attorneys also appear in the district courts on civil matters so we can use this knowledge for return restraining order hearings when needed. Our team has extensive exposure to high-conflict and complex asset cases on both the trial and the appellate level, as well as dealing with family issues such as allegations of domestic violence, physical abuse, alcoholism, sexual abuse, mental illness, and drug abuse.  We work with local professionals to ensure that our attorneys have the resources to assist our clients with understanding family members or their own addiction issues.

“What’s the best legal strategy? Is it litigation related? Is it negotiation related?”  says Attorney Steven D. Weil. “When you’re out there working with people, they’re starting to see you as somebody who’s thoughtful, articulate, reasonable and honest. Those qualities help when you’re representing somebody either sitting across the table or in a courtroom.”

Whatever the legal situation, the team at Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. is equipped to help deal with it and get the client through their difficult and many times overwhelming situation.  Let us help you take back control of your life by providing you with the tools and information you need to make the difficult decisions.

Meet the Team

Michelle M. Raymond

Michelle M. Raymond

Partner / Attorney

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Melissa A. Howitt

Melissa A. Howitt

Attorney

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Steven D. Weil

Steven D. Weil

Partner / Attorney

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Stephen J. Chaplin

Stephen J. Chaplin

Attorney

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Michael P. Doherty

Michael P. Doherty

Partner / Attorney

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Brian T. Salisbury

Brian T. Salisbury

Attorney

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Virginia W. Connelly

Virginia W. Connelly

Attorney

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Our Clients' Thoughts

“Thank you, Attorney Michelle M. Raymond, for your guidance and knowledge during a difficult process for me. You have made this process much more bearable.”
Divorce Client

“It was a pleasure working with you, Michelle Raymond. I don’t think things could have gone much smoother. Thank you for everything. ”
Mediation client

“Thanks again to all of you for a well-executed team effort in trial preparation, and the negotiated settlement precluding a trial.”
Divorce Client – Robert

“As a collaborative divorce and co-parenting coach and mediator, I have had the privilege of working with Michelle Raymond, Esq. on dozens of cases over the past decade. I have always been impressed by her skills and her capacity to collaborate and work with other professionals, her ability to listen to not only the words clients use, but the important messages underneath, and in her dedication to helping clients (even in the most complicated of cases) to stay focused and work toward resolution. I am pleased to say that while serving as a collaborative divorce coach on numerous cases with Michelle, all were resolved successfully and peacefully. ”
Betsy Ross, LICSW, CGP, Collaborative and Co-parenting Coach, Divorce and Family Mediator, Licensed Psychotherapist.

“I just want to thank you, Michelle Raymond, so much for your assistance with the settlement. . . You made the process as pleasant as possible. I never expected a divorce would be part of my life story, however, I sure am glad that YOU were part of the process. I am looking forward to a life of peace and happiness now. You are wonderful and I consider you to be a blessing in my life.”
Mediation client

“I would recommend Attorney Michelle Raymond as an attorney to anyone needing mediation or legal advice on divorce. Divorce is stressful and emotional and throughout the process of my divorce, Michelle had my best interests at heart. She has a calm yet confident demeanor and is always focused and professional. I found her to be very patient in answering all my questions and returned calls and emails in a timely manner.”
Divorce Client – Sharon

“I call Michelle “The Closer”. So many of my clients find themselves frustrated and “stuck” in their legal processes. Once I refer them to Attorney Michelle Raymond – who is savvy and not interested in the typical attorney -who-wants-your-money, thing, they find immediate and effective results. Michelle truly knows how to get the job done, as effectively as possible, so divorcing women can MOVE ON and begin their new lives.”
Linda Waters, Founder Back to Business LLC

“I hired Attorney Michelle M. Raymond after interviewing multiple attorneys when going through divorce in 2001/2002 and continue to connect as needed. She is an advocate for families; she believes in keeping the interests of the whole family in mind through every step. Michelle continues to impress me with her calm, confident demeanor and ability to make suggestions and guide with integrity in any situation. She is not easily intimidated. She knows the law and is resourceful when looking for options.”
Divorce Client Louise

“Attorney Michelle M. Raymond, you were all anyone could ask for in a lawyer, while going through a traumatic and gut-wrenching process. Your legal acumen, guidance and advice ensured I would have a financially secure future. But, on a more personal level, your support and encouragement made all the difference in my perception of myself and my abilities. In large part due to you I am very excited about this new phase of my life. I thank you every day for my whole new life.”
Collaborative Law Divorce Client

“I am so grateful for you, Attorney Michelle M. Raymond, and for your support and expertise in navigating this divorce. The fact that the whole thing moved forward with such efficiency is remarkable. Thank you for making that magic happen.”
Divorce Client

“From the start Attorney Michelle Raymond made me feel comfortable. She listened to my story and thoroughly explained the process. She knew how to calm me down and helped me stay focused so that I could get through the ordeal of my divorce. Her calm and professional demeanor along with her skills and sense of humor make her a powerhouse attorney who I was happy to have on my side. Attorney Raymond was well prepared for court and clearly loves her job helping her clients. I know that I made the right decision in retaining her.”
Divorce client – Phyllis

“Thank you, Attorney Melissa Howitt, for all of your help. You are so conscientious and did a fantastic job for us. Your demeanor and instincts were such a factor in moving this all along, and I appreciate all you have done.”
Estate Planning Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple has been a pleasure to work with. Always super responsive and on his A-game, Andrew is a true professional and has helped us immensely through some tough cases. We highly recommend him and his law firm.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I have worked with various attorneys at Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan and Cannon, P.C. over the past seven years on many cases. They are always extremely organized and quick to respond. The attorneys are very knowledgeable and are able to offer advice and guidance on all of the cases that we have handled together. They really do go above and beyond to ensure that they are giving the very best legal service to me and my company as clients.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple is a professional who is passionate about helping his clients. He has been very caring while providing expert advice in decision making with regards to my case. He works hard and cares about his clients’ success.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple has been our go-to on all employment related issues for several years. He is always thorough in his responses and recommendations which is critical in today’s employment environment. I know I can always count on Andrew for prompt and detailed guidance on issues of any complexity. He is a pleasure to work with, and we feel extremely fortunate to have him as a resource.”
Employment Law Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple has been helping me with legal matters for many years now. Andrew has provided top shelf service and advice whenever I need it. He is very thorough and extremely responsive, there is absolutely no down time waiting on a response. When scheduling conflicts arise I was represented by Attorney Steve Weil and received the same service. I am extremely grateful to have these guys behind me while navigating through legal cases, I highly recommend using Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I have had the privilege of working with Attorney Andrew Kepple on many landlord tenant cases. Managing multiple sites as a landlord, I find myself in need of legal assistance quite often. The needs of my organization can range from a simple legal notice to a more involved eviction case requiring litigation. All of my requests are handled in a timely manner. Andrew is always quick to respond, thorough and professional. I have also had the pleasure of working with Attorneys Lori Atkins Drayton and Steven Weil who are both outstanding.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple is always prompt and knowledgeable when we reach out to him with a concern or issue. His professional and friendly manner make him a pleasure to work with and we trust him as a valued resource for conducting our business.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I have had the pleasure of working with Steve Weil for the past 11 years for all of my legal issues at my properties. He and his colleagues are true professionals, extremely knowledgeable, and well respected by his peers and the courts. They are always very responsive and helpful with our needs or questions. I have the utmost respect for Steve and his colleagues and I am very grateful for all of their assistance. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing legal advice.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I have had the pleasure of working with Attorney Andrew Kepple for many years now. He is always very prompt in responding, even after hours and always acts in our best interest. Even through the strangest of situations Attorney Kepple has consistently helped me work through them and always helped me upkeep my confidence. I have learned so much in the past year working with him and hope to continue to do so.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I couldn’t have been happier with having Steve Weil represent me in a superior court law suit. He was extremely prepared, fantastic in court, and kept me informed and updated every step of the way. Anyone that has Steve represent them is in extremely good hands.”

“Attorney Michelle Raymond’s calm, confident manner was deeply reassuring to me, both in individual meetings and in Court. She guided me to the resources and support I needed during extraordinarily challenging times. Additionally, both cases were handled in a timely and favorably effective manner.”

Divorce Client

“Steven Weil is a highly capable and caring professional who represented me from 2002-2004 and again recently in 2016. He protected my assets and interests in a lengthy and difficult case. In meetings, depositions and in court, I was always proud to have him as my representative, and can recommend him without reservation.”

“Steve Weil handled our legal matters in a sensitive and caring manner. He educated us throughout the process, helped us to know what to expect, and acted with the utmost integrity at every turn. The outcome was favorable, and I have to believe that much of that was a result of the way in which Attorney Weil conducted himself with all parties throughout a lengthy process. He is a professional who quickly gains the respect of clients, peers, and opposing parties. We would recommend him with much enthusiasm.”

Our Clients' Thoughts

“Thank you, Attorney Michelle M. Raymond, for your guidance and knowledge during a difficult process for me. You have made this process much more bearable.”
Divorce Client

“It was a pleasure working with you, Michelle Raymond. I don’t think things could have gone much smoother. Thank you for everything. ”
Mediation client

“Thanks again to all of you for a well-executed team effort in trial preparation, and the negotiated settlement precluding a trial.”
Divorce Client – Robert

“As a collaborative divorce and co-parenting coach and mediator, I have had the privilege of working with Michelle Raymond, Esq. on dozens of cases over the past decade. I have always been impressed by her skills and her capacity to collaborate and work with other professionals, her ability to listen to not only the words clients use, but the important messages underneath, and in her dedication to helping clients (even in the most complicated of cases) to stay focused and work toward resolution. I am pleased to say that while serving as a collaborative divorce coach on numerous cases with Michelle, all were resolved successfully and peacefully. ”
Betsy Ross, LICSW, CGP, Collaborative and Co-parenting Coach, Divorce and Family Mediator, Licensed Psychotherapist.

“I just want to thank you, Michelle Raymond, so much for your assistance with the settlement. . . You made the process as pleasant as possible. I never expected a divorce would be part of my life story, however, I sure am glad that YOU were part of the process. I am looking forward to a life of peace and happiness now. You are wonderful and I consider you to be a blessing in my life.”
Mediation client

“I would recommend Attorney Michelle Raymond as an attorney to anyone needing mediation or legal advice on divorce. Divorce is stressful and emotional and throughout the process of my divorce, Michelle had my best interests at heart. She has a calm yet confident demeanor and is always focused and professional. I found her to be very patient in answering all my questions and returned calls and emails in a timely manner.”
Divorce Client – Sharon

“I call Michelle “The Closer”. So many of my clients find themselves frustrated and “stuck” in their legal processes. Once I refer them to Attorney Michelle Raymond – who is savvy and not interested in the typical attorney -who-wants-your-money, thing, they find immediate and effective results. Michelle truly knows how to get the job done, as effectively as possible, so divorcing women can MOVE ON and begin their new lives.”
Linda Waters, Founder Back to Business LLC

“I hired Attorney Michelle M. Raymond after interviewing multiple attorneys when going through divorce in 2001/2002 and continue to connect as needed. She is an advocate for families; she believes in keeping the interests of the whole family in mind through every step. Michelle continues to impress me with her calm, confident demeanor and ability to make suggestions and guide with integrity in any situation. She is not easily intimidated. She knows the law and is resourceful when looking for options.”
Divorce Client Louise

“Attorney Michelle M. Raymond, you were all anyone could ask for in a lawyer, while going through a traumatic and gut-wrenching process. Your legal acumen, guidance and advice ensured I would have a financially secure future. But, on a more personal level, your support and encouragement made all the difference in my perception of myself and my abilities. In large part due to you I am very excited about this new phase of my life. I thank you every day for my whole new life.”
Collaborative Law Divorce Client

“I am so grateful for you, Attorney Michelle M. Raymond, and for your support and expertise in navigating this divorce. The fact that the whole thing moved forward with such efficiency is remarkable. Thank you for making that magic happen.”
Divorce Client

“From the start Attorney Michelle Raymond made me feel comfortable. She listened to my story and thoroughly explained the process. She knew how to calm me down and helped me stay focused so that I could get through the ordeal of my divorce. Her calm and professional demeanor along with her skills and sense of humor make her a powerhouse attorney who I was happy to have on my side. Attorney Raymond was well prepared for court and clearly loves her job helping her clients. I know that I made the right decision in retaining her.”
Divorce client – Phyllis

“Thank you, Attorney Melissa Howitt, for all of your help. You are so conscientious and did a fantastic job for us. Your demeanor and instincts were such a factor in moving this all along, and I appreciate all you have done.”
Estate Planning Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple has been a pleasure to work with. Always super responsive and on his A-game, Andrew is a true professional and has helped us immensely through some tough cases. We highly recommend him and his law firm.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I have worked with various attorneys at Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan and Cannon, P.C. over the past seven years on many cases. They are always extremely organized and quick to respond. The attorneys are very knowledgeable and are able to offer advice and guidance on all of the cases that we have handled together. They really do go above and beyond to ensure that they are giving the very best legal service to me and my company as clients.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple is a professional who is passionate about helping his clients. He has been very caring while providing expert advice in decision making with regards to my case. He works hard and cares about his clients’ success.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple has been our go-to on all employment related issues for several years. He is always thorough in his responses and recommendations which is critical in today’s employment environment. I know I can always count on Andrew for prompt and detailed guidance on issues of any complexity. He is a pleasure to work with, and we feel extremely fortunate to have him as a resource.”
Employment Law Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple has been helping me with legal matters for many years now. Andrew has provided top shelf service and advice whenever I need it. He is very thorough and extremely responsive, there is absolutely no down time waiting on a response. When scheduling conflicts arise I was represented by Attorney Steve Weil and received the same service. I am extremely grateful to have these guys behind me while navigating through legal cases, I highly recommend using Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I have had the privilege of working with Attorney Andrew Kepple on many landlord tenant cases. Managing multiple sites as a landlord, I find myself in need of legal assistance quite often. The needs of my organization can range from a simple legal notice to a more involved eviction case requiring litigation. All of my requests are handled in a timely manner. Andrew is always quick to respond, thorough and professional. I have also had the pleasure of working with Attorneys Lori Atkins Drayton and Steven Weil who are both outstanding.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“Attorney Andrew Kepple is always prompt and knowledgeable when we reach out to him with a concern or issue. His professional and friendly manner make him a pleasure to work with and we trust him as a valued resource for conducting our business.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I have had the pleasure of working with Steve Weil for the past 11 years for all of my legal issues at my properties. He and his colleagues are true professionals, extremely knowledgeable, and well respected by his peers and the courts. They are always very responsive and helpful with our needs or questions. I have the utmost respect for Steve and his colleagues and I am very grateful for all of their assistance. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing legal advice.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I have had the pleasure of working with Attorney Andrew Kepple for many years now. He is always very prompt in responding, even after hours and always acts in our best interest. Even through the strangest of situations Attorney Kepple has consistently helped me work through them and always helped me upkeep my confidence. I have learned so much in the past year working with him and hope to continue to do so.”
Landlord/Tenant Client

“I couldn’t have been happier with having Steve Weil represent me in a superior court law suit. He was extremely prepared, fantastic in court, and kept me informed and updated every step of the way. Anyone that has Steve represent them is in extremely good hands.”

“Attorney Michelle Raymond’s calm, confident manner was deeply reassuring to me, both in individual meetings and in Court. She guided me to the resources and support I needed during extraordinarily challenging times. Additionally, both cases were handled in a timely and favorably effective manner.”

Divorce Client

“Steven Weil is a highly capable and caring professional who represented me from 2002-2004 and again recently in 2016. He protected my assets and interests in a lengthy and difficult case. In meetings, depositions and in court, I was always proud to have him as my representative, and can recommend him without reservation.”

“Steve Weil handled our legal matters in a sensitive and caring manner. He educated us throughout the process, helped us to know what to expect, and acted with the utmost integrity at every turn. The outcome was favorable, and I have to believe that much of that was a result of the way in which Attorney Weil conducted himself with all parties throughout a lengthy process. He is a professional who quickly gains the respect of clients, peers, and opposing parties. We would recommend him with much enthusiasm.”

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