Professor of Law 

Our dear friend and beloved colleague Charles Kindregan passed away on April 19, 2016. Professor Kindregan, known to all as Charley, taught at the law school for almost fifty years. He had a deep and lasting impact on the Suffolk Law community. He inspired generations of students, many of whom went on to practice in his field of family law, generously mentored junior faculty, and helped shape the law school’s widely respected clinical program.

Professor Kindregan was a nationally respected scholar and the definitive authority on Massachusetts family law. He authored numerous books and more than 100 articles that informed the work of family law practitioners and scholars alike. He was a pioneer in the law of assisted reproductive technology, playing a leading role in the drafting of the ABA Model Act on that topic. An expert in the classroom as well as in his scholarship, he was a frequent recipient of the student-selected distinguished teaching award. As an associate dean and chair of numerous faculty committees, he served the law school community with the same dedication year after year, receiving the University’s Heritage Medallion in 2010.

Charley was a visionary, a kind and generous colleague, and a treasured friend to the entire Suffolk law school community. He will be greatly missed.


  • BA, MA, LaSalle University
  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology
  • LLM, Northwestern University

Bar Admittance

  • IL
  • MA


  • Domestic Relations
  • Equitable Remedies
  • Family Law
  • Financial Issues in Divorce Cases
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology


Instructor, Virginia Military Institute, 1961-62; Assistant Professor, Loyola, Chicago, 1963-67; Assistant Professor, Suffolk, 1967-69; Associate Professor, 1968-72; Professor, 1972-2016; Director, Advanced Legal Studies, 1980-88; Associate Dean, 1990-94.


Professional Activities

Chair, A.B.A, Family Law Section Committee on Assisted Reproduction and Technology and Genetics, 2005-2007; Chair, Model Act on ART, Drafting Committee, 2005-2008; A.B.A. Family Law Publications Board, 1999-2012; Mass. Bar Assoc. Post-Goodrich Task Force, 2004-2006; Speaker, Appellate Judge's Conference, 2008; Speaker, Probate Judge's Conference, 2008; Moderator, Ethics of ART Practice, A.B.A.,Montreal, Canada 2008; Moderator, ART, A.B.A. Annual Meeting, California, 2007; Speaker, National Continuing Legal Education Conference, January 2001 and January 2006 (Colorado); Presenter, A.B.A. Family Law Section Program on Legal Ethics and the Internet, 1998; Vice Chair, A.B.A. Committee on Reproductive Technology, 2003-2004; Speaker, Conference of the American Bar Association Family Law Section on Ethics and Negotiations, Apr. 1997, Speaker, A.B.A. Family Law Section on Ethics and Office Practice, April 1997; Speaker, Oregon Bar Association, Oct. 2010; Principal Speaker, Mass. Association of Mediators; Speaker, Retreat of Mass. Appellate Judges Conference, 2008; Speaker, Frigoletto Annual Symposium, Mass. General Hospital Grand Round, 2007 and 2008; Co-reporter, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference on Family Violence, 1996; MA Bar Association Family Law Council; Member, MA Bar Association Task Force on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct; Vice-chair, MA Bar Association Special Committee on Legal Education; Co-chair, Committee on the Probate & Family Court, MA Bar Association, 1994-97; Co-chair, ABA Committee on Law and Family Planning, 1973-74; Vice-chair, ABA Committee on Genetic Counseling and Family Law, 1973-74; Member, Advisory Board of Editors, ABA Family Law Quarterly; Committee on Legal Education, MA Supreme Judicial Court, 1979-82; Moderator, Law of Alimony, Sept. 2011; Speaker, International Law and Surrogacy: Constitutional Implications, Las Vegas, Oct. 2011; Producer, Same-Sex Marriage: The Canadian Example, Miami, FL, April 2012; Speaker, Director's Meeting, Assn. of American Law Librarians, Boston, MA, July 2012; Presenter, Asst. Reprod. Technology, MCLE, Oct. 2012. Moderator, Complex Family Litigation, Fall 2013; Speaker, New England Estate Planning Conference, Jan. 2014; Speaker, National Family Law Roundtable, Washington D.C., Jan. 2014.




FAMILY LAW AND PRACTICE WITH FORMS, MASS. PRAC. SER. (Thomson/West, 3d ed., 2013) (4 volumes) (with Maureen McBrien and Patricia Kindregan)



ALABAMA FAMILY LAW, VOLS. 1 AND 2 (2008 & Supp. 2010-2014) (with Judith Crittenden)



POST-JUDGMENT ISSUES IN DIVORCE CASES (Mass. Bar Ass'n., 1990) (with Richard Packenham)


VOLS. 1-7 MASSACHUSETTS PLEADING AND PRACTICE (1974 & Supp. 1980-1991) (with Edward Swartz)



Book Chapters

Posthumous Reproduction, in ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES LEGAL DILEMMA (Amicus Books, Anila V. Menon ed., 2008) (with Maureen McBrien)

The Year of Same-Gender Marriage, in FAMILY LAW IN REVIEW (2005) [book chapter]

An Interactive, Traditional Approach to Teaching Family Law and Current Event Handouts, in TEACHING THE LAW SCHOOL CURRICULUM (Gerald Hess ed., 2004)

Ethics of Settlement Under the AAML Standards, in THE JOY OF SETTLEMENT (1998)



Dead Soldiers and their Posthumously Conceived Children, 31 J. CONTEMP. HEALTH L. & POL'Y 74 (2015)

The Alimony Revolution, ___ SUFFOLK L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2012)

International Fertility Tourism: The Potential for Stateless Children, XXXVI SUFFOLK TRANSNAT'L . L. REV. 527 (2013) (with Danielle White)

Reforming Alimony: Massachusetts Reconsiders Postdivorce Spousal Support, XLVI SUFFOLK L. REV. 13 (2013)

Pets in Divorce: Family Conflict Over Animal Custody, 26 AMER. J. FAMILY L. 227 (2013)

Attributing Income in Massachusetts Domestic Relations Cases, 20 MASSACHUSETTS L. J. 16 (2012)

The Current State of Assisted Reproduction Law, 34 A.B.A. FAMILY ADVOCATE 10 (2011)

Learning from History: The Federal Union and Marriage, 20 S. CAL. REV. L. & SOC. JUST. 67 (2011)

Genetically Related Children: Harvesting of Gametes from Deceased or Incompetent Persons, 7 J. HEALTH & BIOMEDICAL. L. 147 (2011)

Taxing Parenthood: Federal Tax Law and Collaborative Reproduction, 24 AM J. FAM. L. 134 (2010)

Case 21-2010: A Request for Retrieval of Oocytes from a 36-Year-Old Woman with Anoxic Brain Injury, 363 :3 NEW ENG. J. MED. 276-83 (2010) (with D. Greer, A. Styer, T. Toth, and J. Romero)

The Evolution of Same-Sex Marriage, 32 :3 FAMILY ADVOCATE 8 (2010)

Dead Dads: Thawing an Heir from the Freezer, 35 WM. MITCHELL L. REV. 433 (2009)

Considering Mom: Maternity and the Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology, 17 AM. U.J. GENDER SOC. POL'Y & L. 601 (2009)

Clarifying the Law of ART: The New American Bar Association Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology, 42 FAMILY L.Q. 203 (2008) (with Steven Snyder)

Collaborative Reproduction and Rethinking Parentage, 21 J. AM. ACAD. MATRIM. LAW. 43 (2008)

Religion, Polygamy, and Non-Traditional Families: Disparate Views on the Evolution of Marriage in History and in the Debate Over Same-Sex Unions, 41 SUFFOLK. U.L. REV. 19 (2007)

Thinking About the Law of Assisted Reproductive Technology, 27 WIS. J. FAM. L. 123 (2007)

Relocation Law in Massachusetts Compared to the Determination of Such Cases in Georgia and Two Other States, 2006 FAM. L. REV. 1 (2006) (A comparative family law study in progress)

Posthumous Reproduction, 39 FAM. L.Q. 579 (2005) (with Maureen McBrien)

Embryo Donation, 21 :2 MASS. FAM. L.J. 42 (2005) (with Maureen McBrien)

Same-sex Marriage and Divorce Subject Matter Jurisdiction, 16 DIVORCE LITIG. J. 96 (2004) (with Monroe L. Inker)

Embryo Donation: Unresolved Legal Issues in the Transfer of Surplus Cryopreserved Embryos, 49 VILL. L. REV. 169 (2004) (with Maureen McBrien)

Same-Sex Marriage: The Cultural Wars and the Lessons of Legal History, 38 FAM. L. Q. 427 (2004)

The Meaning of Legal Fatherhood in the Light of Paternity of Cheryl, 20 MASS. FAM. L.J. 36 (2002)

Family Interests in Competiton: Relocation and Visitation, 36 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 31 (2002)

The Changing Face of Modern Family Law, SUFFOLK LAW SCHOOL MAGAZINE (2001)

Unexercised Stock Options and Marital Dissolution, 34 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 227 (2001) (with Patricia A. Kindregan)

Massa Sheds Light on Gifted Assets, 28 MASS. LAW. WKLY. 2627 (2000)

The Nontraditional Family: Visitation and the New Concept of the De Facto Parent, 17 MASS. FAM. L.J. 112 (2000)

A Quarter Century of Allocating Spousal Property Interests, 33 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 11 (1999) (with Monroe Inker)

Contribution to the Marital Partnership and Separate Property, 16 MASS. FAM. L.J. 129 (1999) (with Monroe Inker)

Domestic Relations: Can Custodial Parents Dictate a Child's Home?, MASS. LAW. WKLY. (1997)

Inherited, Gifted and Premarital Property, MASS. LAW. WKLY. (1996) (with Monroe L. Inker)

The Professional Ethics of Negotiation and Settlement in Family Law Cases, 14 MASS. LAW. WKLY. 98 (1996)

The Bankruptcy Reform Act and Its Effect on Family Law Proceedings, Judgements and Agreements, 28 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 657 (1994)

Child Support Orders Under the Long-Arm Statute, 1 MASS. ACAD. TRIAL LAW. 53 (1994)

The History of the Law in Massachusetts, 27 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 340 (1993)

Alimony and Assignment of Property: A Survey of the Last Decade of Massachusetts Law, 26 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 21 (1992) (with Monroe Inker, Ann Wagner, and Marcia Boumil)

The Sanderfoot and Perry Cases, 9 MASS. FAM. L.J. 84 (1992)

The Marriage of Domestic Relations and Tort Law, 9 MASS. FAM. L.J. 25 (1991)

Attorney's Fees in Massachusetts Domestic Relations Cases, 7 MASS. FAM. L.J. 97 (1990)



Amicus Brief, GOLINSKI V. U.S. OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MGT. U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit ( 2012 )

Amicus Brief, GOODRIDGE V. MASSACHUSETTS Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ( 2003 )

The Committee on the Probate & Family Court of the Massachusetts Bar Ass'n. Family Law Section, Changing the Culture of the Probate & Family Court, Family Law Section Council of the Mass. Bar Assoc. ( 1997 ) (with Monroe Inker)


Report of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Bench/Bar Conference, Flaschner Judicial Institute ( 1996 ) (with Patricia A. Kindregan)

Child Custody and Access Over State and International Law, The Impact of Federal Law on Domestic Relations Practice, ( 1995 ) (Massachusetts Chapter of the American Ass'n. of Matrimonial Lawyers)



[partial listing]:

Lecture and panel participant, Grand Rounds, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, 2007 and 2008.

Legislative Development in ART Law, A.B.A. Family Law Section/Canadian Bar Association Meeting, Montreal Canada, October, 2009.

Developments in Family Law, Appellate Judges Conference [Mass. Supreme Judicial Court and Mass. Appeals Court judges] (2008).

Developments in Parentage Law, Probate and Family Court Judges Annual Conference (2008).

Assisted Reproductive Technology, American Bar Association, San Francisco, Cal. (August 2007).

Assisted-Collaborative Reproduction, Rhode Island Bar Assn., Providence R.I. (June 2007).

On Collaborative Reproduction and the Law, Colorado Bar Association (Aspen Colo., January 2006).

On administration of estates: National College of Probate Court Judges, Boston, Massachusetts (1970) (Reporter of Conference of National College of Probate Court Judges)

On legal malpractice: National Practice Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado (1979).

On legal malpractice and professional responsibility: North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Charlotte, North Carolina (1981).

On developments in products liability law: Louisiana State University Law School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1985).

On ethics in negotiation of family law cases. Los Angeles, California, April 19, 1997 American Bar Ass'n. Family Law Section Meeting).

On tort reform, St. Mary's University Law School, San Antonio, Texas (1987).

On crisis in the courts, addressed M.B.A. Probate Law Section (May 1997).

On professional responsibility issues in family law practice, Boston Bar Association (1989).

On changes in Family Law Probate and Family Law Inn of Court, Salem, Mass. (2000).

Other programs presented for the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association, the Nantucket Bar Association, the Suffolk University Center for Advanced Legal Studies M.C.L.E., Boston College Law School, Mass. Acad. Of Trial Lawyers, the Inn of Court for Probate and Family Law, the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Assn., North Carolina Bar Assn., Rhode Island Bar Assn., Rhode Island Family Inn of Court and other professional groups and institutions.

Moderator, Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and American Law Librarians Society Joint Meeting, S.F. California, 2005.

Lectures to judges of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court on current developments in family law for the Flaschner Judicial Institute.

Group Leader, Discussion of the Lawyer, and Popular Culture in Film, Ass'n of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, January 1994.

Moderator: Analysis of the Crisis in the Probate and Family Court, Massachusetts Bar Ass'n. Midyear Meeting, January 1995.



Posthumous Reproduction, 07/19/10. (NECN Sidebar Series)

Various radio and television commentaries on legal issues: Channels 25, 57, 67, 2, 4, 5, 7, at various times (Boston area) and National Public Radio.

Interviews and quotes: Boston Globe, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Boston Herald etc.

Lectures to judges of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court on current developments in family law for the Flaschner Judicial Institute.

Group Leader, Discussion of the Lawyer, and Popular Culture in Film, Ass'n of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, January 1994.

Moderator: Analysis of the Crisis in the Probate and Family Court, Massachusetts Bar Ass'n. Midyear Meeting, January 1995.

Discussion Leader, Maine Radio and T.V. Media Conference on "Television in the Court Room."



Reporter, Bench/Bar Conferences of the Mass. Probate and Family Court, 1995 and 1997.

Presenter and discussion leader, Retreat of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Judges, 1995, 1997 and 2000.

Charles P. Kindregan, Jr. and Patricia A. Kindregan, Report of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Bench/Bar Conference, published and sent to over 1900 lawyers and judges by the Flaschner Judicial Institute, January 1996. [Commentary and Summary of the Conference].



Awarded the Judge Haskell C. Freedman Award by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, November 15, 1991 for significant contributions to the development of family law.

Advanced Legal Studies Award (2004), for contributions to Advanced Legal Studies and Continuing Education of the Bar, Suffolk University Law School, voted by faculty ALS Committee and presented October 2, 2002

Suffolk University Heritage Medallion, presented by Suffolk University, September 21, 2010.