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Steven Edward Zlochiver

Family Attorney at Newton, MA

5.0   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 35 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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       You may contact Steve any time. If he is not immediately available when you communicate, he will respond to you on the same day.


       Steve offers a free 30 minute consultation on the phone or in person. He understands that people are worried and stressed when dealing with difficult family situations and he wants you to know that there will be no pressure or expectations imposed upon anyone who calls for a consultation.




       We believe that our fees are among the most reasonable that you will find. If you retain us in 2013 for your domestic relations case (such as divorce, paternity, and modification matters) you will have the option of choosing traditional Hourly Billing or a Flat (or Fixed) Fee, and we will offer a Flat (or Fixed) Fee that is 10% less than any such fee that is shown on any other Massachusetts lawyer's Web site at the time that you retain us.




      Steve has been practicing law in Massachusetts for more than 24 years and has concentrated his practice on domestic relations cases for more than 22 years. Experience helps when you are looking for quality services, as well as reasonable and controlled costs. We strive to give you the best value. 


Zlochiver & Associates


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Posted by GG | June 14, 2013
Steve helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life. It was hard to breathe let alone think clearly. He was a very organizing presence, helping me find the words I needed to express in court to effectively get the results I’d hoped for. One year later, he went above and beyond, knowing I would be heading back to court, he called and offered guidance and that again helped me get the results I’d hoped for. Steve is thoughtful, professional and effective. I recommend him highly.
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Posted by Laurie | August 30, 2013
If you have a brain in your head..hire this man
This is the most compassionate kind non judgemental attorney. He helped me because no one would. He knew i was given a bad deal and he saved me. And a toddler. I can't give this man enough kudos. He's so kind. and let me tell you. i will have the questions he had drilled into my head to my grave. He's tha concerned with getting it right. He cares. And thats rare. I have a family full of attorneys who do care but I'd go to him first. He saved my son and myself. Battle is not over but his job is and he won. Recommend him? I think its foolish to go to anyone else. He helped me when no one else cared. HE didnt like what happened to me so he fixed it. At least i think that was the reason. Dont honest because he doesnt judge. He's a great great lawyer. And a great human who cares about people.
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Posted by Lorraine | February 24, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A call on a Saturday
I usually don't write reviews buy I felt compelled to share my experience with Steve. Now here's the thing I called at 5:30 pm on a Saturday and he answered! It was on a whim and im so happy that I found him and reached out. I explained my what I feel might be a "messy" situation trying to get divorced. He listened with no judgement and told me that I already seem to know what to do but let me help you if i can. He offered for me to fill out all my paperwork (because the court house lost my divorce paperwork SMH) and when I have it all in order to email him and he said he will not charge me for him to look it over. I have called a couple lawyers and no one ever offered me anything like this. I feel he really heard me and I am just so grateful that he answered my call. Going forward if I need to retain he is who I will be retaining. This man is very kind, humble and just a good guy. Thank you Steve you gave me my hope back that I lost for some time. I wish I could give more then 5 stars!
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2014
Principled, responsive, knowledgable
I rarely write online reviews, but i think it is critical in this instance, firstly, because I used Avvo in assisting with my legal selection and consumers need this data. So, I will be as honest as I can. Attorney Zlochiver is principled. I found his service to be based upon fairness and seeking the best outcome within the limits of the law, and done with an un-excitable, stable spirit. This sometimes was a sticking point for us. My opponent was aggressive and angry, and I wanted more energy; wisely, Attorney Zlochiver did not return all of the flaming brands I requested of him. In the end, for better or worse, he tempered my anger and frustration with my case. Attorney Zlochiver is responsive. He was always reachable by email and phone. Reasonable response times were always met. In summary, if you are seeking retribution and revenge, I don't think you'll find satisfaction here. I occasionally felt as though we could have been more aggressive--going on the offensive vs. a defensive posture, but Steve knew it would have been a futile, mis-use of my fee and he was careful about fee utilization.
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Posted by Edmond | January 21, 2014
Very understanding & competent family lawyer. Highly recommended.
In searching for a family lawyer, I had three criteria: 1) A competent lawyer who is familiar with the presiding judge. It is important that the lawyer knows what the judge looks for in a case both in the court room and the filed documentation. He was able to advise of the proper strategy to get the best case scenario without having the situation spiral into a more contentious case. 2) An objective lawyer who has enough court-room experience to be realistic in assessing possible outcomes. Rather than simply being hopeful, he suggested contingencies for the most plausible decisions that the judge may make during the hearing. 3) An understanding lawyer who would work with my limited budget & time. Mr. Zlochiver took on my case knowing of my financial situation and worked into the late evening on new documentation in order to bolster my case the following morning. Steven Zlochiver certainly does not comes to mind when you think of the typical ambulance-chasing lawyer. Not a shark. Not a clock watcher. Rather, someone you definitely want in your corner who is willing to relate to your circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2013
Diligent, honest and experienced...
I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Steve Zlochiver through my truly unusual and complex child custody matter. Several years ago, I reached out to him in very difficult and trying times as a new parent who had recently left a domestic situation with a young and health challenged child. When Steve could not work with me directly as his own client, he led me to the best and most powerful resources he could. Throughout time, Steve’s personal commitment to his career and the lives he knew he could touch became more and more apparent to me as we kept in touch to share all of the milestones of my atypical situation. When the time came that I was re-stabilized and ready to no longer try and fight for myself, I was determined to have Steve formally work with me. I have not met all the family lawyers in Massachusetts, but certainly interviewed quite a few. Given the time I was fortunate enough to have getting to know Steve’s professional style, it feels to me that I hired the most honest, positive, and knowledgeable family attorney in the area. The weight came off my shoulders instantly, and things got taken care of – the right way and with my child’s best interests first and foremost at all times. Thank you Steve.
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Posted by Karen | March 12, 2013
Got the job done right using his knowledge of the Court System
I hired Attorney Steve for help with post divorce motions that my prior counsel left open. He was insightful. He knew the right questions to ask. This put me at ease right away. When you go through such turmoil, especially with kids, it was good to have someone who knew which issues were truly important to ensure a good future for me and the kids. You don't know what you don't know. Steve knew and focused on those. He kept me up to date at all times. He returned my calls within a day and was responsive. He had a genuine interest in the outcome. I wasn't just another client. Also, he watches the bottom line (bill) which I really appreciated.
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Posted by Brian | February 28, 2013
Highly recommended
I engaged Steve in 2009 to represent me in handling a Request for Modification to a Massachusetts Divorce Judgement. I had been laid off from my job, with severance, and was able to collect unemployment. My ex-wife would not negotiate with me directly and felt that I should be able to use my retirement savings to continue to pay her the full amount of alimony originally specified. Steve researched case law and found some directly relevant to my situation. As our hearing date approached negotiation between attorneys did take place. Steve was very proactive in contacting opposing counsel about every issue that arose and following up in a timely manner to resolve all issues that needed to be addressed. I was able to thoroughly discuss all aspects of law and strategy with Steve, carefully reviewing every detail of every stage of the agreement as the work progressed. The final agreement was exactly as we had discussed. Since then, Steve has been instrumental in consulting on and researching an issue combining divorce law and real estate law related to the disposition of property. He was able to review the relevant real estate documents to ensure they addressed the requirements of the Divorce Judgement and then reviewed them with a real estate attorney. I would gladly hire Steve again and recommend him highly.
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Posted by Edward | February 22, 2013
A great attorney to have on your side, please read comments
I feel that privacy is important, but I sincerely feel that I need to explain why I am currently writing a review for the following attorney. Back in 2006, I had separated from my child's mother, and at one point in time, a court order unjustly prevented me from seeing my daughter. I decided to seek advice from Attorney Zlochiver and, largely because of that, I was able to get the case thrown out of court. Of-course the problems did not stop there. A year later and with no money to pay for a retainer, Attorney Zlochiver, provided me with several affordable and valuable consultations. I have my little girl in my life. We both look forward to our weekends together. And over the years I have managed to gain the respect of my ex and she has managed to understand my rights as a father. I sincerely owe it to Steve Z.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Zlochiver & Associates
  • 2002 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts
  • 1989 - 2002
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Cambridgeport Problem Center
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Intern
  • Merrimack Valley Legal Services
  • 1986 - 1987
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  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Massachusetts
  • BA - magna cum laude
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Mannor v. Mannor, 46 Mass.App.Ct. 46 (1998)
  • Favorable for Attorney Zlochiver's client
  • Brown v. Chater, 927 F.Supp. 10 (1996)
  • Favorable for Attorney Zlochiver's client


  • National Lawyers Guild (Massachusetts chapter)
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Representration
  • Honorable Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Outreach Project
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Honorable Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Outreach Project
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Honorable Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Outreach Project
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Honorable Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Outreach Project
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Honorable Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Outreach Project
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Honorable Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Outreach Project
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Honorable Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Outreach Project
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Honorable Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Outreach Project
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Honorable Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Outreach Project
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Student Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Trial Advocacy Scoring Judge
  • 2014
  • Student Trial Advocacy Competition - American Association for Justice
  • Trial Advocacy - Scoring Judge
  • 2013
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Child Support
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (9)
Endorse Steven
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Steven is an outstanding family law attorney. Highly recommended!"
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Alimony Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Happy to endorse Steve. He advocates for his clients zealously, but does so with civility. A good guy and a wonderful lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven Zlochiver is an excellent attorney. He is knowledgeable, experienced and diligent. His opinions are thoroughly researched and well considered and he is clearly passionate and professional in his representations.I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve was opposing counsel in a very difficult custody and visition case.He was appropriately adversial and fought hard for his client,but he also was willing to hear the other side.Due to his professionalism the matter was resolved in a fair settlement to both parties."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Steve Zlochiver and he is one of a handful of family law attorneys I am quick to refer friends and potential clients I am unable to represent myself. That is because I have seen the consistently high quality of his work, both as opposing counsel years ago, and more recently as an attorney who worked together with me on a matter. Anyone facing a family law problem would be wise to consult with him and engage his services."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Attorney Steven Zlochiver. I have had the pleasure of working with him on and off since 2006, when I was first told he was a "go to" guy for questions about domestic relations discovery. I then had the opportunity to supervise him, consult with him and for him and hire him on various aspects of several different cases. Atty. Zlochiver has an excellent understanding of domestic relations law and is a zealous advocate for his clients' positions. He tirelessly and thoroughly investigates, researches and litigates his cases. And he is honest and compassionate besides, not a divorce law shark."
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General practice
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation