Teresa R. Reade
“My goal is to look at the family holistically and help my clients get to a better place in their lives. I try to explain to them what their decisions may mean for their future and for their family.”
Teresa Reade works to help clients through the emotional and mental challenges that come along with the divorce process while educating them to choose their best path forward. She explains what is happening and what to expect to remove much of the discomforting uncertainty from the divorce process. Then she helps clients understand their options and the long-term effects of the choices they will be making. In particular, she enables parents to appreciate the options that could be most beneficial for their children in the long run.
Teresa focuses her practice exclusively on issues relating to family and divorce law, including custody and parenting plans, child support and alimony, complex and high asset property division, and prenuptial agreements. Although she works to resolve issues through cooperative means, her extensive litigation experience enables her to vigorously protect her clients in court when necessary. Teresa began her practice in civil litigation creating a foundation of both written and court advocacy skills that she continues to build upon with every case.
“People come to me in a bad situation,” she explains. “Their marriage is falling apart, their family is falling apart, they’re uncertain whether they’re going to be able to live in their house anymore or even tuck their kids in bed at night. I can’t solve all of their problems, but I can do a lot to help them find the best solutions and come to a stable and peaceful place in their lives.”
A dedicated advocate on behalf of children, Teresa serves as a Guardian Ad Litem to investigate and make recommendations with regard to parenting and custody issues. Teresa also represents children’s interests in the court through the Attorneys Representing Children program. Her service to clients, in-depth knowledge of the law, and success in and out of the courtroom led peers to nominate her to the Super Lawyers list.
In addition to serving the legal community through numerous professional organizations, she also volunteers her time to serve families in transition as a Board Member of Citizens Inn, Inc. She has also served the community through her efforts on the Board of Directors of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce (past president) since 2017.
Teresa grew up in Wyoming, earned her B.A. degree in the Administration of Justice from the University of Wyoming, and then moved to California to earn her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. After practicing in California for a number of years, she relocated to Massachusetts in 2009.
Although she appreciates the opportunity to help other families, Teresa particularly relishes the opportunity to spend time with her three children with various activities such as spending time outdoors, hiking, cooking and baking.
- California, 2000
- Massachusetts, 2009
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2000
- U.S. Federal Court of Claims, 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Massachusetts Probate and Family Inn of Court
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
- Massachusetts Counsel of Family Mediation
- Women’s Bar Association, Member
- North Shore Women Lawyers Association, Board Member
- Essex County Bar Association, Member
- Attorneys Representing Children (ARC)
- Guardian Ad Litem, Category F
- Greater Newburyport Bar Association, Board Member