Sheara Friend’s family law practice is built upon her reputation as a fierce advocate for individuals and families. A seasoned courtroom champion, Sheara has devoted almost thirty years to domestic relations law, including all aspects of divorce and separation, complaints for contempt, modification of divorce judgments, contested custody matters, estrangement, alienation, restraining orders, domestic violence, and neglect and abuse cases. Her practice also includes visitation, child support, children’s rights, paternity, restraining orders, alimony and spousal support, in addition to prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements. She is also experienced in cases involving high-level assets and business valuations.
Sheara is a well-known trial lawyer who successfully conducts numerous complex multi-day divorce, custody and relocation trials in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts; and effectively argues appeals of Probate & Family Court judgments. Sheara also practices Collaborative Law and belongs to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.
Known for her particular expertise in multi-faceted custody cases, alienation, custody, removal and restraining orders, Sheara successfully defends cases against out-of-state removal, false allegations of alienation, false allegations of abuse, and parental alienation. Looked to as a leader in her field, Sheara appeared on the television program Chronicle, to discuss restraining orders in Massachusetts. Sheara frequently presents at conferences on a wide range of topics, including abuse prevention, custody and parenting plans, parental alienation, legal custody standards and their interplay with child development. Sheara was a co-founder of the Overcoming Barriers camp, a program based in Vermont that helps families experiencing extreme alienation.
New York Law School, JD Middlebury College, BA, History and Russian