Michael G. Xavier is a successful family law attorney with more than 10 years of experience working with families in distress caused by divorce, custody, child removal, modification, guardianship, will contests, and the many related and complex issues.
Michael’s practice includes many cutting-edge legal issues including same-sex marriages, adoptions, and assisted reproductive technology. He works closely with his clients in same-sex marriages in areas such as child custody (especially in states where their marriage isn’t recognized) and the tax implications for same-sex couples who are legally married (but where their marriage is not recognized by the federal government), and he helps to clarify the rights and interests of sperm donors, egg donors, and surrogates.
Michael’s goal is to help protect children and families, and minimize conflict whenever and wherever possible. Although the traditional work of a domestic relations attorney involves fractured family situations, Michael’s practice helps same-sex families establish and protect their legal rights while also helping to build cohesive, safe, and protected family structures.
Michael has made it a priority to stay up-to-the-minute on the complex and ever-changing laws by participating in a wide range of professional seminars, conferences, and training programs. As a result, his clients benefit from knowing that their attorney is on top of the latest laws, trends, decisions, claims, challenges and precedents.
Not only does Michael continue to educate himself about these legal issues, he teaches other professionals about them too. He was recently a faculty member of Suffolk University Law School’s Continuing Legal Education program titled, Same Sex Marriage, Divorce and Parentage Issues. Michael spoke on the topics including, What is the Portability of Legal Rights for Same Sex Couples: Marriage, Divorce, Parentage, Adoption, and Helping Your Clients With Cultural Issues/Differences in the Courtroom.
When necessary, Michael can be a powerful opponent in the courtroom, having successfully tried a wide variety of white-collar criminal litigation and domestic relations cases, in all Massachusetts courts. Prior to his work as a private practice attorney, Michael was an assistant district attorney in the office of the Bristol County District Attorney, where he gained some early experience in litigation and criminal prosecution.
Fresh out of law school, Michael began growing his legal skills as a law clerk to the Superior Court Justices of Massachusetts, which gave him an excellent foundation upon which to build his own legal practice.
- Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1999
- College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1996
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- Boston Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
- 2016-2017: Named a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” in the area of Family Law
- 2012: Elected to Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association Board of Directors
- 2010-2012: Named a Rising Star by Massachusetts “Super Lawyers” in the area of Family Law
- 2010: Elected to Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors
- October 2017: Panelist, “Modification & Contempt Proceedings in Divorce Cases,” MCLE Program
- October 2017: Moderator, “Child Support Guidelines 2017 – The Update,” 27th Annual Family Law Conference
- July 2017: Speaker and Panelist, “Overview of Guideline Changes,” Child Support Update, MCLE Program
- June 2017: Speaker, “More on Marital Assets: Rights of Withdrawal; Expectancy Interests; Effect of Side Letters,” Inheritance, Trusts & Divorce, MCLE Program
- March 2015: Panelist, “Symposium on the Development and Future of Marriage Equality in the US,” New England Law | Boston OUTLaws Symposium
- October 2012: Faculty, “Modification & Contempt Proceedings in Divorce Cases,” MCLE Program
- September 2012: Guest Speaker, “The Defense of Marriage Act – Current Status and Recent Cases,” Massachusetts Probate Probation Association’s Fall Meeting
- January 2011: Panelist: “Representing Non-Traditional Families,” MCLE Program
- May 2010: Faculty/Speaker: “What is the Portability of Legal Rights for Same Sex Couples?: Marriage, Divorce, Parentage, Adoption,” & “Helping Your Clients With Cultural Issues/Differences in the Courtroom,” Same Sex Marriage, Divorce and Parentage Issues, Suffolk University Law School Program
Michael G. Xavier