Donald G. Tye

Practice Areas

Domestic Relations

Donald G. Tye is a founding partner and co-chair of the Domestic Relations Practice Group.  He has forty years of experience as a trial attorney, guardian ad litem, master, mediator, conciliator,  attorney for children (including the Massachusetts ARC program), and arbitrator.  He has prepared and argued numerous cases to the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.

Donald is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  He was national co-chair of national AAML’s legislation committee; during 2009 and 2010, he served on its Special Concerns for Children Committee, which was responsible for updating and revising the AAML’s Standards for Attorneys for Children in Custody or Visitation proceedings.  In 2014, he was appointed to AAML’s Impact of Special Needs Children Committee; and in 2013, 2015, and 2017 he was appointed to be a member of its Continuing Legal Education Committee.  He was president of the AAML Massachusetts chapter from 2005 through 2007 and received the Massachusetts chapter’s “President’s Award” in 1998 and 2004.  Since 1999, he has been a member of the family law curriculum advisory committee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and was co-chair from 2006 through 2008.  He is a member of the Family Law Section of the American, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations and was appointed to the MBA Family Law Section council, on which he has served since 2010.  He is an editor emeritus on the board of editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  His work has also been published in the Massachusetts Family Law Journal, the Boston Bar Journal, the ABA’s Family Advocate, Massachusetts Bar Lawyers’ Journal, Best of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Journal, and ABA Family Law Quarterly.

A frequent lecturer and panelist, he has lectured and conducted workshops and seminars in the areas of trial practice, divorce, and child-related issues at Harvard Law School; Boston College Law School; Northeastern University Law School; Suffolk University School of Law; MCLE and its Family Law Institute; Brown University Medical Center; Boston University Graduate School of Social Work; the American Psychological Association; the Boston public schools (Partners in Education, Inc.); the Maine, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations; the ABA Family Law Section annual meetings in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2011, and in 2015 for the ABA Family Law Section Fall CLE in Portland, Oregon; the AAML annual meeting in Chicago in 2013, and in 2015; the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers; the Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem (MAGAL), and in 2017 at the AAML AFCC Conference “Advanced Issues in Child Custody: Evaluation, Litigation and Settlement” in San Diego, CA.

Active in the community, Mr. Tye has been a Board Member and a vice president of Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, the nation’s oldest continuously operating free public lecture series.  From 2009 through 2014, he was a member of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission (appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick); and has been active on the civil rights committee of the Anti-Defamation League.  In 2012, he was appointed to serve as a member of the statewide Voice of the Child task force by the then-chief judge of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court Department. In January 2015, he was appointed to a three-year term as a hearing officer by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers; and is a member of the Board of MAGAL, Inc.

Since 2004, he has been recognized as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer.”  He has also been named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts” as featured in Boston Magazine and as a “Top Attorney in New England” by New England Super Lawyers.  He was co-editor of the “Domestic Relations” chapter in Summary of Basic Law, a selection of the Massachusetts Practice Series (published by West Publishing Company), was editor of the “Divorce” chapter in the Massachusetts Bar Association publication, Traps for the Unwary, and in Fall 2017, his article “Preferences and Voices of Children in Massachusetts and Beyond” was published in the ABA Family Law Quarterly.  Mr. Tye is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and its Brown School of Social Work (M.S.W.), and Tufts University.

  • Washington University (St. Louis), J.D., 1975; M.S.W., 1975
  • Tufts University, B.A., 1972
  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Certified Fellow; Massachusetts Chapter President, 2005-2007
  • American Bar Association, Family Law, Civil Litigation Sections
  • Boston Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Law Review, Family Law Section Council
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Ford Hall Forum, Vice President and Program Committee Chair
  • Anti-Defamation League’s National Law Committee; executive committee  member of ADL’s New England Region’s Civil Rights Committee
  • Attorney Representing Children (ARC)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • 2010-2011: Named one of the “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers”
  • 2009-2010: Named a “Top Attorney in New England” by New England Super Lawyers
  • 2004–present: Recognized as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in the area of Family Law
  • 2014: Appointed to Board of Bar Overseers
  • 2012: Member, “A Child’s Voice” Task Force
  • 2012: Selected to participate in Governor Deval Patrick’s Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws
  • 2012: Appointed member of National Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Continuing Legal Education Committee, which plans the organization’s educational programs for the year.
  • 2012: Appointed to Massachusetts Bar Association Section Council. The council works with MBA members to develop legislative positions that improve the administration of justice in the Commonwealth.
  • 2008-2012: Judicial Nominating Commission
  • 2008: Received certification as a Family Law Arbitrator by the AAML Training Institute
  • 2006: Named co-chair of the Family Law Curriculum Advisory Committee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Co-author of the MCLE text Financial Aspects of Divorce in Massachusetts: Gain a deeper understanding of net worth, 1st Edition, 2016
  • Co-editor of “Domestic Relations” chapter in Summary of Basic Law, a selection of the Massachusetts Practice Series (West Publishing Co.)
  • Editor of the “Divorce” chapter in the Massachusetts Bar Association publication, Traps for the Unwary.
  • Principal editor of the MCLE text How To Try Divorce Cases in Massachusetts, and was co-author of the 2010 and 2017 editions, along with Peter A. Kuperstein, Kelly N. Griffin, and Patricia A. O’Connell.

As a member of the board of editors of Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly, (where he is now editor emeritus), Donald has written numerous editorials on subjects relating to domestic relations law and policies. His work has also been featured in publications such as The Massachusetts Family Law Journal, Boston Bar Journal, Family Advocate, and Best of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Journal.

RECENT ARTICLES AND ALERTS

  • May 2017: “The Preferences and Voices of Children in Massachusetts and Beyond,” Family Law Quarterly
  • June 2014: “The Basics of Equitable Distribution and the Treatment of Gifted and Inherited Assets in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal
  • August 2012: “Meeting With the Custody Advisor,” Family Advocate magazine
  • October 2017: Chair and presenter, “Trying Divorce Cases in Massachusetts,” MCLE event
  • September 2017: Presenter, “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Considering the Child’s Voice in Family Court Cases” and “Child and Parent Representation in High Conflict Custody Cases: On Being and Managing the Child Advocate,” AFCC-AAML Fall Conference 2017
  • November 2012: Presenter “Domestic Abuse in Divorce & Custody Litigation,” MCLE event
  • October 2012: Presenter, “Alimony Summit 2012,” MCLE event
  • October 2012: Chair and presenter “Trying Divorce Cases,” MCLE event
  • January 2012: Presenter “Advocating & Drafting Under the New Alimony Reform Legislation,” MCLE event
  • November 2011: Panelist “Risk of Divorce for the Closely Held Business Stakeholder,” Prince Lobel seminar
  • November 2011: Featured speaker at Boston University Family Law Luncheon
  • October 2011:  Moderator, “The New Boston Miracle,” Ford Hall Forum Program
  • September 2011:  Presenter, “Alimony Summit 2011,” MCLE event
  • April 2011: Panelist, “Does Evidence Matter in the Custody Case? Knowing and Using the Rules” American Bar Association Spring 2011 CLE conference
  • Since 2006, Donald has been Chair of MCLE’s annual “Divorce Summit” and a faculty member for their seminar, “How to Try Divorce Cases”