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When you have a family law issue, it can be extremely comforting to share your troubles and receive advice from a lawyer who has been in a similar situation. Too often, attorneys focus only on the legal aspects of a case and do not truly identify with their clients. Attorney Claudette-Jean Girard has dedicated her career to helping people through difficult times in their lives; she takes the time to work closely with each one of her clients.

Attorney Girard is a skilled and knowledgeable professional in the areas of divorce and family law and special education law. She brings to her clients empathy, understanding and compassion through first-hand professional expertise and personal experiences. Attorney Girard realizes the stress, frustration and complexities of divorce along with the affects it has on her clients and families as a whole and supportively guides her clients though this painful process.

Contact Attorney Claudette-Jean Girard today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Contested vs. Joint Petition
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • High-Conflict Custody
  • Complex Property Division
  • Tax Consequences of Divorce
  • Alimony & Spousal Maintenance
  • Guardianship of Minors
  • Moving Away With a Child
  • Modifications & Contempt
  • What to Expect in the Divorce Process
  • Divorce FAQ
  • Divorce for Business Owners
  • Divorce & Special Needs Children
  • Parenting Time & Special Needs Children
  • Special Education Law
  • Limited Assistance Representation

Attorney Girard recognizes and understands that each and every child is an individual, not a statistic, and should never be categorized on the basis of disability diagnosis alone. Attorney Girard shares with her clients a sincere human element and comprehension of the stress and frustration families and parents go through when dealing with the imperfections of the system.

Based in Springfield, Attorney Claudette-Jean Girard handles virtually every aspect of family law in Massachusetts. She serves clients throughout the central and western parts of the state.

Whether you simply have a few questions, you're not happy with your current lawyer, or you feel you have exhausted your efforts and don't know where to turn, it's a good time to talk to an attorney. Call Claudette-Jean Girard today at 413-200-4225 to arrange your free 30-minute consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Claudette-Jean Girard

A lifelong resident of western Massachusetts, Attorney Girard resides in Monson, Massachusetts with her husband and their "blended" family of six children. One of their twin boys, Benjamin, was born severely disabled. Through this life-altering experience, Attorney Girard has navigated the system from the ground-up.

Jurisdictions:

  • Massachusetts, 2002
  • Connecticut, 2002

Education:

  • Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2001
  • Elms College, Chicopee, Massachusetts
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1996
    • Major: Psychology
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs
    • Advocate/Parent Consultant Certificate

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
  • Education-A-Must
  • Special Needs Advocacy Network
  • Autism Speaks
  • Hampshire County Bar Association
  • MAGAL (Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem)
  • AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)

Testimonials

Thank you again as words cannot express my gratitude for what you did for me. You allowed me to me to stay focused on the children when they needed it most and took it upon yourself to handle the rest. Again words cannot express my gratitude for such a huge undertaking!! Even when my focus wavered you kept me pointed in the right direction. Thank you again! I am ecstatic with the outcome and I am looking forward to my life with the children being one of fun and happiness.

R.B.


The first time I met with Claudette to discuss moving forward with my divorce, I made an immediate personal connection with her. She made me feel more than comfortable. I felt confident at that point in moving forward with one of the most difficult obstacles I would endure in my life. Although scared what the future may hold for myself and my young daughter, I was feeling confident because of Claudette.

Claudette is very caring. She is a confident individual who helps you every step of the way. Having a child involved with a Divorce is never easy, however, Claudette openly shares her own personal experience with you and makes you realize you can confidently proceed with her assistance. Her knowledge is endless and her compassion is alongside you the entire time.

Her quick responses to your inquiries is simply amazing. She is more than timely as well as thorough in her responses.

Claudette has a "spunkiness" to her that I love so much. She is quick witted . She is "spunky" when she needs to be. I went into this divorce looking to walk away with the Silver and I came out with the Gold. I wouldn’t refer anyone to anyone else but Claudette for a Divorce. I couldn’t be happier that I came across her information when I was in the first steps of trying to find that perfect lawyer, willing to fight for what you and your child deserve, and of course, what was the best interest of the child.
I don’t look at Claudette as MY ATTORNEY, rather a friend that I was fortunate enough to have gained during that challenging time in my life.

Cindy White


Attorney Claudette was gracious and kind with me, yet bold in action. Tactful and tactical with my adversary, yet not unkind. She was able to deliver in every aspect and got me exactly the deal I wanted. She has a thorough knowledge of the law and was with me every step of the way. It is apparent that she has a great deal of empathy for children. Claudette responded quickly any time I had a question and was able to guide me through a process that could have been a lot more painful for everyone involved were it not for her. I highly recommend Attorney Girard for anyone who is against the odds, trying to do what is right for their family. She was persistent, thorough, and on top of every aspect of the case from start to finish and even beyond. I am more than happy that I decided to go with Claudette, I do not believe things would have turned out so well otherwise. She handled my case as if it were her top priority and that was a wonder, because my children are mine. If I ever am in need in the future there is no doubt that I will stay with Claudette.

S.B.


Attorney Girard is very down to earth and put herself in my situation always going above and beyond to answer all my questions thoroughly. Even when I didnt understand, she took the time to explain things further until I could fully understand. She also provided me with realistic expectations for my situation and never tried to sugar coat things. I would highly recommend her to anyone who may be going through a child custody battle. She took a time of turmoil for me and made it manageable resulting in a positive outcome. Understanding that the litigation process can be a costly one, Hands-Down! Attorney Girard is and was worth EVERY red-cent. Thank you, Attorney Girard and Staff (Sarah) for everything you've done.

TC


Claudette is an extremely reliable and dedicated attorney. Her knowledge of the law is outstanding, allowing for her to be a truthful and trustworthy professional. She is very efficient and pays mind to every detail, while at the same time keeping the client well informed of every action. Attorney Girard is highly skilled at her work.

M.S.


Grateful to have been introduced to Attorney Girard through a friend I never expected the character and competency I would receive. With knowledge, experience, persistence, integrity, and extreme efficiency she covered all aspects of legalities in negotiation and court appearance. Claudette is extremely personable, compassionate and charismatic. There is no doubt in my mind that she is personally dedicated, involved, understanding, patient, realistic and empathetic to her clients giving me the confidence to make it through the arduous divorce process. Trusting her to be my voice and advocate was the best decision I could have made.

C.R.

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