Kristine Ann Cummings
Kristine Ann Cummings represents clients in a broad range of matrimonial and family law matters, including divorce, child support, modification, contempt, removal, domestic violence and paternity. She is experienced in handling high-conflict custody disputes and works closely with Court appointed Guardians ad Litem, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, mediators, parent coordinators and conciliators. Kristine is a member of the AACFL and is a Certified Financial Litigator. She regularly handles cases that involve complex financial and tax issues such as business and asset valuation and alimony and child support structured payments for tax deductibility and capital gains tax issues. She further advises clients engaged in mediation as well as negotiates and drafts premarital and marital agreements.
Kristine is a skilled litigator and has extensive courtroom and trial experience. In a notable matter, Kristine won a favorable decision, on behalf of a wife, in a bifurcated divorce trial concerning the enforceability of a prenuptial agreement. After a two-day trial, the judge ruled that the prenuptial agreement entered into by the parties was not valid and would not be enforced by the court. Following a third day of trial on the issues of property division and support, the court awarded the wife a substantial lump-sum payment and ordered the husband to pay alimony and child support. This favorable decision resulted in long-term financial security for the client and her two year old son.
Kristine has been recognized by Boston Magazine as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star” in the area of family law since 2010. Only 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 are selected for this list, which is published annually by a Thomson Reuters rating service in Boston Magazine. She is ranked at the highest level of legal ability and ethics by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating) and is rated 10/10: "Superb" by AVVO, a website that provides lawyer ratings and other legal resources.
Kristine is steadfastly committed to public service and the betterment of the legal profession. She has authored numerous family law publications and regularly serves as a faculty member and panelist for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education programs and Boston Bar Association Seminars as well as a guest speaker at Boston College Law School. She has lectured on general issues raised by military service in the context of domestic relations matters in connection with pre-deployment seminars for service members mobilizing for Overseas Contingency Operations.
Kristine is a member of the Family Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and held the position of Pro-Bono Committee Co-Chair from 2010-2013. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and served three terms on the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Division. She is also involved with the Public Relations Committee of the Women's Bar Association.
Kristine is dedicated to the mission of the Women's Bar Foundation Family Law Project for Battered Women, a program which provides pro bono representation to victims of domestic violence. The Women's Bar Foundation honored Kristine in 2009, noting:
"You have received this award because you are fearless: you have handled cases that are difficult, time consuming and oftentimes require repeated court appearances. Your sensitivity and understanding of the difficulties faced by low income and indigent victims of domestic violence allows you to practice law with compassion. Moreover, you have an innate ability to present yourself well in court, allowing your clients the benefit of your oral advocacy."
Kristine is actively involved in the Boston community and serves as a member of the Junior League of Boston and the Beacon Hill Civic Association. She is an avid sailor and volunteers her time at Community Boating, Inc.
Kristine is a graduate of Boston College Law School (J.D., 2007) and Temple University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2004). During law school, Kristine served as a clerk at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.
"I just want to drop you a note of thanks for all your hard work and dedication to my case. It's been a pleasure to work with you, even through all of the challenges of this case and the difficult legislative climate we face in Massachusetts. You have been the utmost in professionalism, you always come prepared and you've been very understanding when my frustration gets the best of me. I sincerely want to thank you for all your help and patience. Regardless of the outcome, I will truly be able to say I gave it my best shot. For the first time in 6 years I feel like I have qualified legal representation.
Letter from a former husband represented by Kristine in a modification and contempt action against his former wife.
"Kristine Ann Cummings is one of the most committed attorneys I have worked with to date; she is a very hard worker and extremely good at keeping me (the client) informed. Kristine was amazingly thorough and creative in her search for cases relevant to my own. I found Kristine very capable of keeping me focused on each step of the process which I considered to be quite daunting. Though Kristine is empathic, her ability to keep the broader perspective in focus for me was extremely helpful. Kristine was a very calming and empowering presence as I went through the legal process that involved very personal aspects of my life. I find Kristine to be that rare combination of kind, hard working and of unquestionable integrity. I would highly recommend Kristine, and I do believe one would be fortunate to engage her services."
Recommendation from a former wife represented by Kristine in an action to modify her former husband's child support payments and to set aside a portion of his inheritance for payment of future college expenses.
"Thank you so very much for fighting so hard for the boys and me. It was a long and treacherous road and I truly can't tell you enough what a good feeling it was knowing that you were ALWAYS there protecting and fighting for me. You are an extraordinary woman and exceptional attorney. You really made the long days in court so much easier (for me anyway) there are so many adjectives that I really don't think I would be able to put into words the respect I have for you and the way you handled this case."
Letter from a former wife that Kristine represented in a divorce and custody matter and in an abuse prevention action against her former husband.
"Kristine is one of the very rare, shining examples of the sort of consummately professional, caring, and thoughtful attorneys that very sadly, are uncharacteristic of Probate and Family Law. While unwittingly engaged in an exceedingly atavistic and hostile post-divorce and custody situation with an uncooperative and unrelenting ex-spouse, Kristine was able to use her superior negotiation powers to calm the waters and create mutual discourse. (It is important to note that four attorneys prior had failed to achieve similar success.) Kristine has gone out of her way at every point to clearly communicate and keep me informed. She has also persistently provided the insight needed to see "around the corners" of our Napoleonic Massachusetts Probate System - which, as any Mass. Father can attest, seems more like a trip through The Looking Glass [Tim Burton version] rather than Civil Logic 101. Throughout all of this, Kristine has stood steadfastly by, shielding me - her client - from the worse of the Byzantine brutality, and has helped my ex-spouse and myself to eek - albeit somewhat grudgingly - towards eventual closure. I highly recommend Kristine as an excellent and thorough Family Attorney and hope to continue my relationship with her for some time to come."
Recommendation from a former husband represented by Kristine against his former wife in connection with a modification and contempt action.
"Thank you so much for all you did for me. You made an extremely difficult experience a little less painful. I appreciate all the time, effort and kindness you gave to me."
Letter from a former wife represented by Kristine in a same-sex divorce action.