Lucy Goss

Attorney · Tulane Law School

Lucy Goss is a freelance legal writer at Nolo, specializing in divorce and family law.

Education. Lucy earned her B.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from The College of William and Mary and her J.D. from Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and served as Notes and Comments Editor for the Tulane Law Review.

Professional Career. Before attending law school, Lucy worked as a nonprofit administrator and paralegal in Boston, Massachusetts. After completing her law degree, she spent several years drafting legislation on Capitol Hill, working as Assistant Counsel for the Legislative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives. Lucy also served as Assistant Director of Student Affairs for American University’s Washington College of Law.

Divorce and Family Law. As a writer, Lucy’s goal is to empower families to be confident and informed as they navigate through life’s challenges and transitions. Her interest in family law began during law school when she completed a year-long externship with the Honorable Bernadette D’Souza, the first dedicated domestic relations judge for the Orleans Civil District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lucy’s freelance work includes supporting law firms on family law matters. She also served as an intern for the family law unit of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

Lucy currently resides in Massachusetts, where she spends most of her free time chasing after her two young daughters. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Virginia.

Articles By Lucy Goss

South Dakota Child Custody Laws
Learn how child custody is determined in South Dakota, how you can modify custody orders, and more.
Can I Give My Spouse Our Divorce Documents, or Do I Have to Hire a Process Server?
If you've filed for divorce, you might—or might not—have to pay a sheriff or other process server to deliver the divorce papers to your spouse. Learn how service of process works and how the rules apply to different situations.
The Pros and Cons of a Default Divorce
A default divorce might save you money and time, but there are risks. Learn when, why, and how to get a default divorce.
Illinois Divorce FAQ
Answers to common questions about the divorce process in Illinois, including how much it costs, how long it takes, and how to get help.
Proving a Common Law Marriage
Learn about the requirements for establishing a common law marriage and the evidence you’ll need to prove that your relationship qualifies.
When Do You Have to Return Engagement or Wedding Rings?
Learn about the legal rules on who gets to keep engagement and wedding rings when a couple breaks up.
Mississippi Divorce: Dividing Property
When couples get divorced in Mississippi, judges must divide their property fairly but not necessarily equally. Learn what that means.