Richard M. Novitch

Biography

Richard M. Novitch represents clients in all aspects of domestic relations law, including complex matrimonial matters, and high net worth property division.  He has significant experience in business valuations, allocation and valuation of employee benefits, and allocation of family trusts.  Mr. Novitch, of counsel to the firm, has tried numerous cases in Probate and Family Courts in Massachusetts, and has extensive experience handling complex cases and issues on appeal, including matters before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Representative cases in which Mr. Novitch has been involved include:

  • Chin v. Merriott, 470 Mass. 527 (Supreme Judicial Court 2015) (filed amicus brief)
  • Belanger v. Bettano, Mass. Appeals Court (2017, unpublished opinion) (persuaded court to reverse a custody judgment and to remand case for a new trial)
  • Brookes v. Brookes, 84 Mass. Appeals Court 1133 (2014) (affirming trial court's division of assets and quantum of alimony)
  • Alexander v. Alexander, 72 Mass. Appeals Court 1118 (2007) (affirming trial court's refusal to allocate inheritied assets and imputation of income to spouse)
  • Sweeney v. Sweeney, 2005-J-0422 and 2006-J-0521 (2006) (reversing trial court's temporary order on child support, and affirming modification of increased parenting time to father)

Mr. Novitch previously served as a staff attorney for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and was a law clerk for the Massachusetts Superior Court and Massachusetts Probate & Family Court.  He is a former hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers.

He helped draft legislation to simplify post-judgment proceedings seeking to modify custody and child support. Mr. Novitch is a frequent lecturer on family law issues for the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

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  • Background
    • Of Counsel, Todd & Weld LLP, 2016-present
    • Partner, Lander & Lander, P.C., 2005-2016
    • Associate, Todd & Weld LLP, 2002-2005
    • Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2000-2001
    • Law Clerk, Massachusetts Superior Court, 1999-2000
    • Law Clerk, Massachusetts Probate & Family Court, 1998-1999
  • Professional Activities
    • American Probate & Family Inns of Court, Massachusetts Chapter
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law Section Council Member (2016-2017)
    • Middlesex Bar Association
    • Former Hearing Officer, Board of Bar Overseers
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Co-Chair, Massachusetts Bar Association 28th Annual Family Law Conference, November 2018
    • MCLE Panelist, "Complex Issues in Spousal Support," October 2018
    • MCLE Panelist, "Domestic Abuse in Divorce and Custody Litigation," June 2018
    • MCLE Panelist, "'1st Look' at the Impact on Family Law of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," February 2018
    • MCLE Panelist, "Proving and Defending Allegations of Domestic Abuse in Family Law Cases," May 2017
    • MCLE Panelist, "Top 25 Cases Every Divorce Lawyer Should Know" January 2017
    • Panelist, Important Family Law Cases of 2015, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2016)
    • Panelist, Advocating Under the Alimony Reform Act, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2014 and 2015))
    • Lecturer, Use of Attorney Liens in Divorce Matters, Boston Bar Association (2011)
    • Speaker, Dividing Employee Benefits in Divorce, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2007)
    • Presenter, Child Custody, Support and Domestic Abuse, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2006)
    • "Dividing Employee Benefits in Divorce and the Occasional Interplay of Federal Legislation," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2007)
    • "Smoking and its Impact on Child Custody Determinations," Massachusetts Family Law Journal (1997)
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named to 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law
    • Named to 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Family Law
    • Super Lawyers New England Rising Star, 2008-2010
    • Super Lawyers Massachusetts Rising Star , 2005-2007
    • Member of American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators, 2015-Present
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