Patricia S. Fernandez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in North Andover, MA

Patricia S. Fernandez & Associates
 | 4 High Street, Suite 306
North Andover, MA 01845
Phone: 800-619-7713
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1986
Education: Yale Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Patricia S. Fernandez, founder of Patricia S. Fernandez & Associates, has 30 years of experience handling family law matters such as divorce, alimony, property division and more. Throughout the years, Ms. Fernandez has represented numerous clients in North Andover, Massachusetts, and surrounding areas such as Andover, Middleton, Danvers and Newburyport, helping them to craft creative solutions as they go through difficult times in their lives.  The firm also handles matters in Middlesex county and New Hampshire.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Ms. Fernandez has concentrated her practice on domestic relations since 1986. She has been admitted to practice in Massachusetts since 1986 and in New Hampshire since 2016.

Throughout her career, Ms. Fernandez has taken on a wide range of roles. She is a certified arbitrator through the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been appointed as a guardian ad item, trustee, conciliator, receiver and discovery master in various family law cases.  She is a Certified Financial Litigator through the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Fernandez participates in a multitude of professional organizations. She has held leadership positions with the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court, the Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Council, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Lawrence Bar Association. She is also a member of the  the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Ms. Fernandez volunteers as a conciliator for the Essex County Bar Association Conciliation Program and as a trustee for the Violet H. Simmons Scholarship Fund, Inc. She served as a hearing committee member for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers from 2010 to 2015, an organization that deals with issues related to professional misconduct.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017

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About Patricia Fernandez

Admitted: 1986, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://patfernandez.com/our-team/

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Financial Litigator through the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators, 2015
  • Certified as an arbitrator through the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New Hampshire, 2016
  • Massachusetts, 1986
  • Lawrence Bar Association, Executive Committee Member, 2009 – 2011
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, Treasurer, 2011-2012
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, Secretary, 2009-2011
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Council, Reporter, 2000 – 2001
  • Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court, Secretary, 2000 – 2001
  • Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court, Vice President, 2001 – 2002
  • Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court, Board of Directors, 2002 – 2007
  • Lawrence Bar Association, Member, 2008 – present
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member, 2001 – present
  • Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court, Member, 1998 – present
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, Member, 1995 – 1998
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2001 – present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, 1994 – present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Conciliator, Essex County Bar Association, 1996
  • Violet H. Simmons Scholarship Fund, Trustee

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Grandparent Access: A Model Statute," 6 Yale Law and Policy Review 109, 1988
  • "Representing Children in Grandparent-Parent Disputes," in Grandparent Visitation Disputes: A Legal Resource Manual, published by the American Bar Association, 1989
  • "The Status of Grandparents' Visitation Rights in Massachusetts", September/October, 1996 edition of Boston Bar Journal
  • “The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act”, Volume 1, Number 2, Section Review of the Massachusetts Bar Association, March, 1999

Educational Background:

  • Wellesley College, B.A., Durant Scholar (equivalent to magna cum laude), 1983
Office Location for Patricia S. Fernandez

4 High Street
Suite 306
North Andover, MA 01845

Phone: 800-619-7713

 

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Last Updated: 3/14/2017

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