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Christine G. DeBernardis

Divorce and separation Attorney at Amesbury, MA

4.8   18 reviews
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  • State Years
    New Hampshire - NH 16 years
    Massachusetts - MA 24 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NH
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christine

Learn Christine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    I understand that divorce can be a large and scary undertaking. You likely have many concerns regarding cost, property division, child custody and legal requirements. I will do everything within my power to accurately answer your questions while actively pursuing your legal goals.

    24 years

  2. Appeals
    An appeal is a request for relief from a decision of a lower court. It’s basically asking the Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling based upon the fact that the lower court’s decision was in error. I can assist with your post conviction appeal.

    24 years

  3. Child custody
    Deciding which type of custody is best for both you as a parent and your child can be difficult. There are two main types of custody that you as a parent can establish: Legal Custody: establishes a parent's right to make key decisions for the child, including those regarding education, religion and medical care. Physical Custody: establishes with which parent a child lives. You won't know your options until you meet with me to talk about your situation and your history.

    24 years

  4. Child support
    Like many parents, you want to play a role in providing for your child's upbringing. You want to ensure your child is properly provided for. We will skillfully represent you in obtaining equitable child support that assure your child's financial needs are met. If you are a parent who will have the obligation to pay support, we can help make sure the amount you contribute is fair and reasonable. I have extensive experience handling these matters. I know what's important.

    24 years

  5. Criminal defense
    Focusing on District Court trial work and appeals, I can assist you with your criminal case.

    24 years


Christine G. DeBernardis earned her BS in Psychology and Lawat Trenton State College in Trenton, New Jersey in 1996. Shecontinued her education at the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts,where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1999. Attorney DeBernardis was admittedto practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1999, the U.S. District Court ofMassachusetts in 2003 and the State of New Hampshire in 2007. 

Attorney DeBernardis has a vast amount of experience in many areas oflaw. Throughout her practice, she has represented clients indomestic/family, criminal, civil, real estate (conveyancing, buyer,seller), debt collection, corporate, contract and landlord/tenantmatters. As an attorney serving the Committee for Public Counsel Services,she provides legal counsel to indigent defendants in the MassachusettsCourts. 


Attorney DeBernardis has now focused her Massachusetts practice on criminal law andfamily law matters.  Her New Hampshire practiceis focused solely on family law matters. She can help you with divorce, separation, paternity, custody, parentingtime and child support. She also assists clients in matters where a party mayseek to change an existing court order (modification) or where parties are notadhering to a court order (contempt). She applies her personal and professional experience in every case toget you the best possible result. 


Realizing that these matters are difficult and confusing,she will explain the process and explain how your matter will progress.  Knowing what to expect in your matter andhaving counsel to advise you on all of the possible outcomes will set your mindat ease and help you to make a well informed decision in your case. 



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The Law Offices of Christine G. Debernardis
100 Main Street Suite 15
Amesbury, MA, 01913
Law Offices of Christine G. DeBernardis, Esq.
1 New Hampshire Avenue
Suite 125
Portsmouth, NH, 03801
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Posted by Joe | April 21, 2010
Excellent attorney - thank you!
When my wife left me and our children, I was devastated. I was a very difficult client always calling to check in and worrying about how I would get child support. Attorney DeBernardis was professional and knowledgable. After calming me down many times, she was able to help me get child support and help me and my kids keep our home. She was always professional, although I admit, I was not. Divorce is never a good situation but she made it tolerable.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2009
Excellent Advisement on Divorce Issues and Proceedings
I went to Christine DeBernardis when I found out my husband was cheating, and she gave me excellent advices before any divorce proceedings began. She fully prepared me for what was to come, and it made for no surprises down the road.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
I would highly recommend Christine as an attorney. She handled an extremely challenging situation for me with my ex revolving our custody agreement. She took her time to fully understand our history and current situation and then worked towards a resolution that was in the best interest of myself and my children. She was very responsive, knowledgeable and took the time to explain the legal process and next steps. I would not hesitate to use her again (although hope not to have to).
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Posted by James | December 25, 2018
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Always Thinking
Christine handled my divorce and was always thinking about my best interests. She did not let me make mistakes. She never let me give up something for nothing. She asked me what I wanted and fought for it. She was always available and promptly returned messages. I recommend her wholeheartedly and without reservation.
Posted by RIck | July 30, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic resource
Christine went out of her way to answer numerous inquiries I had posted here, for which I am very thankful. At one point, I left a detailed VM for Christine seeking further advice and possible representation for which she in turn called, provided additional answers to numerous inquiries within my difficult situation knowing that as I was in a court district for which she could not represent me in. Christine is a true professional! Thank you!
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Posted by janice | June 26, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
knowledgeable about legal issue
I consulted Christine during an very difficult and complex legal issue. She knowledge of the law and compassion toward helping me was outstanding.
Posted by Dan | April 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very Content & Satisfied
I have hired two lawyers prior to retaining Ms. DiBernardis and could not be happier with my time with her. She was very accessible and prompt with her communications, timely with her meetings, and grasped my issues and offered simple common sense solutions that made sense immediately. Not only did she take the time to really listen to my immediate issues but she also help me clean up a few unrelated loose ends with my case. She is both upbeat and energetic as well as calm and rational. Not easy to find that combination of traits in the same attorney. I left her office at the completion of my case totally content and satisfied.
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Posted by Joseph B | November 24, 2017
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A fantastic lawyer and person. Very compassionate
I did not have Christine represent me but I did speak with her several times a few emails and I have to say she's punctual, knowledgeable and is compassionate to the problems I was going through. I still may need her depending. Thank you so much Christine! It was my pleasure. Sincerely, Joseph
Posted by Caitlyn Berns | November 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I've spent a lot of time thinking about what to say and what to put into a review of Attorney DeBernardis that would actually do her justice. All I can say is, I wish I went to her from the beginning. I had originally hired another lawyer who dug me deeper into a hole. Just when I thought I should just give up fighting and cave into a situation that was not best for my daughter, I found her. She totally saved my case... Not only did she get what I thought was best for my daughter, she worked out resolutions to ease both mine and her father's concerns. Ultimately, we all won in our own ways, but most importantly, my daughter did too. I can't say enough about her professionalism, compassion, and patience. I would recommend her to anyone! She gets the job done.. eases your stress.. and makes you truly feel like you have a friend going through the legal process.. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I am forever grateful for her!
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Posted by A.L. | October 9, 2014
Great Advice. Christine made me feel at ease!
I went to Christine seeking advice on a private matter. She instantly made me feel comfortable and at ease. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Thank You Christine!
Posted by Danielle | June 6, 2014
I Highly Recommend Attorney DeBernardis
Attorney DeBernardis was exceptionally calm, kind and helpful when I needed her services. She communicated in a method that worked well for me and met my needs and questions very quickly. My case was slightly unusual and Attorney DeBernardis assisted me every step of the way in matters pertaining to divorce documents and divorce laws in Massachusetts and other jurisdictions. I would highly recommend DeBernardis for any help you may need.
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Posted by Jared | June 6, 2014
Extremely Helpful
Christine is very responsive and knowledgeable. She provided me with a consultation regarding my complicated separation. She was very patient and walked me through all of my legal options. I would recommend her to anyone looking for legal representation.
Posted by Chad | March 6, 2014
Extremely helpful and knowledgeable divorce attorney!!
I contacted a few lawyers about my divorce and they all gave me the same dismal news. I decided to try a female attorney and was amazed at the level of understanding from the male point of view she had. She knew what I was trying to say better than the male attorney's. It wasn't all roses but everything she said would happen happened and I did a lot better than I thought. She made a painful situation a little easier to deal with. I would hire her again in an instant.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2013
Parenting Plan
Attorney DeBernardis provided me with excellent support and clear & precise instruction on how to approach my case. She provided me with options and the possible results. I was impressed with her knowledge of the NH courts and her suggestions for approach !
Posted by Mary Ann | January 12, 2011
Best attorney I have ever worked with - Highly recommended
My marriage was a complete mess and it was one of the most stressful times of my life. Divorce unfortunately was my only option but I had no idea where to begin. Mrs. DeBernardis was recommende to me by a friend of mine who also had recently divirced. Mrs. DeBernardis was able to giude me throught the dicorce process with the least PAIN possible. She saved me from losing alot of money and made sure that my kids were protected financially. I also think that her fees were very reasonable for the amount of work and time she worked with me on this nightmare situation. She is very understanding and will listen to what you have to say which was very important to me considering there wwere two children involved. I highly recommend her if you need a great divorce attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2009
Fantastic Job - Thank you!!!
Ms. DeBernardis saved me from losing everything in my divorce. She was the second attorney I used and the difference in the level of service was amazing. She is thorough, organized, and extremely knowledgable. I cant thank her enough!!!
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2009
Christine was up front about my chances in my case saying I probably didn't need a lawyer. She was the only one that was honest with me so I hire her. She returned my calls in a timely manner and kept me informed of what to expect.
Posted by Kendra | October 27, 2009
Extremely Disappointed
I made a big mistake that rapidly turned into a nightmare and needed help and advice. Christine was a court appointed attorney and it showed. Her responses to my questions were quick ,short , and rude, never showing any kind of compassion or offering any extra assistance. Basically she gave me the bare minimum and in the end got screwed. I would never had chosen her if I had the money to afford a good lawyer!
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Christine G. DeBernardis, Esq.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Judge
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • DeBernardis & Associates, P.C.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate
  • Antico, Barrett, Burke & Kornitsky, LLP
  • 1999 - 2008
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  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Trenton State College
  • B.S.
  • 1996


  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association Advocates
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Middleton Board of Trade
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Endorsement: I endorse this lawyer's work. I am familiar with Ms. DeBernardis from her many insightful and intelligent answers to questions posted on Avvo. Always willing to help out and give good concise answers. In the end, you may need to hire an attorney to get to the outcome you seek, but at least here you can get a good start with her informative answers, blogs, and legal guides."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Christine is a competent and caring attorney who provides her clients with the utmost attention and expert legal advice. When my NJ or NY clients are looking for a Massachusetts or New Hampshire family attorney, they are given Christine's name."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been reading Christine's answers and find her to spot on with her answers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked closely with Attorney DeBernardis on both criminal and divorce matters. She is very thorough in her legal representation and builds great relationships with her clients. She dedicates a great amount of work and attention to each case she handles."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney DeBernardis has an informed, articulate understanding of Family Law and has demonstrated this prowess in her responses to questions posted on Avvo. She is a valued member of our legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cotter is an extremely talented attorney who provides great advice. Even though I have been practicing for 24 years and I am a former judge and magistrate, I learn from her every day. I would recommend her to anyone in her area."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney DeBernardis is an excellent attorney who will zealously advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Attorney DeBarnardis. She is a great advocate for her clients, is very knowledgeable, and has a great reputation in the legal community!!!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney DeBernardis. She is a strong advocate, and has superior knowledge on substantive legal issues. I strong recommend her legal services."
Child custody Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Christine has a fine grasp of the law. She is conscientious, maintains a fine reputation, and is attentive to detail. I have seen her Answers on legal issues, and they are well thought out and thorough. She works hard for her clients to get results, and she will find ways to win for you."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She provides detailed and insightful analysis to questions posed by AVVO subscribers. The detailed responses and thorough explanations provided here display a vast knowledge of the law. She is an asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney DeBernardis has an excellent understanding of Massachusetts law and is a credit to her profession. She is knowleadgeable, extremely thorough, and a zealous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Christine G. DeBernardis is a practical, knowledgeable and articulate legal advocate with substantial experience. She clearly represents her clients with passion, commitment, and judicial efficacy. I endorse attorney DeBernardisis with enthusiasm."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Christine is an outstanding attorney with an excellent reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her."
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