Kates & Barlow: Legal Serv​ices

Kates & Barlow offers a wide range of Legal Services in all aspects of Family Law. Whether your case involves difficult personal or financial decisions, or both, our team of renowned Family Law lawyers is ready to provide a wide range of services.




Child Custo​dy Issues

  • We work with our clients to establish comprehensive Parenting Plans through negotiation and litigation.
  • We represent clients in all aspects of child custody including:
    o   Legal custody
    o   Abuse
    o   Neglect
    o   Parental competency
    o   Substance abuse
    o   Paternity
    o   Special needs issues
    o   Relocation and removal
    o   Adoption
    o   ​Guardianship
    o   Jurisdictional issues
  • We also guide clients through post-divorce modification issues involving children.

Pre-Marital, Post-Marital and Separation Agreements

  • We help clients in the negotiation and drafting of comprehensive agreements:
    o   ​Pre-marital
    o   ​Post-marital
    o   Separation
    o   ​Non-marital (cohabitation)
  • We consult clients on the creation of separation agreements in anticipation of divorce.
  • We litigate the enforceability of all types of marital and separation agreements.

Post-Divorce Financial Issues

  • We work with clients on the implementation and enforcement of prior judgments or agreements.
  • We help clients seeking or defending against modifications of parenting plans, child custody, alimony and child support.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • We offer services in mediation, conciliation, and arbitration, both binding and non-binding.
  • We actively represent clients in alternative dispute resolution contexts.

Client Resources

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Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review and awarded to Kates & Barlow
Peter Barlow and Amanda Vanderhorst have each received their designations as a Certified Financial Litigators.
Kates & Barlow has had a Tier 1 ranking since the firm's inception in US News Best Law Firms in Boston for Family Law.
Peter Barlow has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2006. Amanda Vanderhorst has been named to the Rising Star list.
Peter Barlow has been cycling in the Best Buddies Hyannisport Challenge since its’ first year, to raise money and awareness.
Peter Barlow serves as MCLE's Family Law Advisory Panel in addition to being a frequent lecturer.