Guardians at Litem

** Denotes Collaborative Law Attorney

Auburndale Center for Divorce **

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address 275 Grove Street Building Two Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Website: www.newtondivorce.com
About

Karl Topor has been certified as a Guardian ad Litem in Family Law disputes in Massachusetts. He has been actively involved in numerous contested custody cases requiring the need for a Guardian ad Litem’s investigation. Aside from being a Guardian ad Litem, as a Family Law attorney, he has dealt with a variety of custody issues and he is aware of the dynamics of the Probate and Family Court system. He has acquired special advanced training in Family Law and Guardian ad Litem issues and has lectured on Family Law issues both on a local, state and national level.

 

Judith Farris Bowman Esq.

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Attorney at Law Bowman, Moos & Elder, LLP Address 222 Third Street Suite 3220 Cambridge MA 02142 Phone: (617) 494-8808 Fax: (617) 494-8960 Website: www.bmenlaw.com
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Judith Bowman has specialized in family law for the past 25 years. Her practice now focuses on mediation and parenting coordination as well as serving as a Guardian ad Litem in the Probate and Family Court.

Thomas F. Carr M.A., LMFT, LMHC

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Thomas F. Carr & Associates, Inc. Home 9 Kinsman Place Natick MA 01760-2732 Phone: (508) 650-1811 Fax: (508) 650-3621 Website: www.thomascarrlmft.com
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Thomas F. Carr M.A., LMFT, LMHC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed mental health counselor who had been a forensic investigator and evaluator for more than twenty years. As a court investigator and Guardian ad Litem and Protection matters in the Juvenile and Probate Court and a Category E&F GAL in the Probate Court, Mr. Carr has been called upon to investigate/evaluate and provide supervised visitation for complex cases such as Munchausen by Proxy, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Mr. Carr has qualified as an expert witness in diverse areas including (but not limited to) ‘child abuse and neglect’, ‘child welfare’, ‘sexual abuse’, ‘home studies’, ‘safety planning’, ‘permanent planning’, and ‘provision of services to children and families’.

Mr. Carr is a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Counseling, Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners and Board Certified in professional counseling by the American Psychotherapy Association. He is author of “Visitation in Dependency Cases,” in “Access to Justice for Children; Children’s Law Manual Series,” National Association of Counsel for Children, Chapter 19 (2003), and 2001 recipient of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations’ Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

C. Michele Dorsey Esq.

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Safe Harbor Mediation / C. Michele Dorsey, Attorney at Law Address 79 Kenneth Road Scituate MA 02066 Phone: (781) 545-9770 Fax: (781) 545-4680 Website: OrganicFamilyLaw.com Website: OrganicFamilyMediation.com
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Michele Dorsey was one of the first mediators on the South Shore and has been practicing family law for 30 years, concentrating on high conflict cases involving children. She is an Adjunct Professor at New England Law/Boston where she has taught Family Law and Mediation since 1986. Her practice includes Parenting Coordination for families experiencing high conflict, applying a Mediation/Arbitration model for resolution. Ms. Dorsey has been appointed Guardian ad Litem and Attorney for children by numerous courts. She is a member of AFCC and MA AFCC.

Marsha Getter LICSW

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Neponset Valley Counseling Center Address P.O. Box 9136 Foxboro MA 02035 Phone: (508) 930-6335 Fax: (508) 698-3644 Website: http://nvcounseling.net
About
Marsha Getter, LICSW, has practiced for 50 years in a variety of clinical and educational settings addressing a wide range of personal, family, and parenting issues.   She has developed particular expertise in working with those whose lives have been impacted by special educational needs and developmental issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, and trauma.

 

Lisa A. Jacobowitz Esq. **

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Gilmore and Jacobowitz, LLP Address Three Ellis Square Beverly MA 01915 Phone: (978) 927-7238 Fax: (978) 927-7631 Website: www.gandjlaw.com
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Lisa A. Jacobowitz has focused her practice in the area of family law for over 30 years. She has represented clients in divorce, custody, visitation, support, guardianship and adoption matters. She has also represented numerous clients who have desired or been faced with, prenuptial agreements as well as those going through the mediation process as she has long been known as a “mediation friendly” lawyer. Attorney Jacobowitz is a trained mediator, collaborative lawyer and conciliator.

Levitt Law Group **

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Contact: Karen Levitt Address 4 Meeting House Road Suite 3 Chelmsford MA 01824 Phone: (978) 458-5550 Fax: (978) 256-7600 Website: www.levittlawgroup.com
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The Levitt Law Group, a firm dedicated exclusively to family law, is a team of professionals who bring compassion and hard work to the legal services they provide to clients. Attorneys Levitt, Wells, and Weber of the Levitt Law Group bring years of experience to helping clients with divorce and other family problems.

Attorney Karen J. Levitt, founder of the Levitt Law Group, has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of family law and conflict resolution. Services provided range from representation in the traditional litigation process, to the creative solutions offered by mediation and collaborative law where Karen has specialized training. Areas of focus include divorce, post-divorce, paternity, alimony and child support, parenting plans, division of assets, and other family law related areas such as guardianship. Karen also serves as a Guardian ad Litem and parenting coordinator. She has a law degree from Boston University School of Law, is a founder and past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), has served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Attorney Andrea M. Wells has over 15 years of family law experience. Her practice focuses on domestic relations matters including divorce, custody, child support, paternity, and adoption. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Attorney Wells practiced as an associate at a domestic relations law firm in Boston, MA., and served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. She received her law degree from Western New England University School of Law. She is trained and experienced in Limited Assistance Representation, collaborative law, and mediation. She also serves as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem and parenting coordinator. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and the Texas Bar Association.

Attorney Emily A. Weber joined the Levitt Law Group in 2011. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law. Attorney Weber is trained in collaborative law, mediation and Limited Assistance Representation. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Tri-River Practice Group.

Debra L. Smith Esq. **

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Address 134 Main Street Watertown MA 02472 Phone: (617) 924-6728 Fax: (617) 924-6797 Website: www.lawdebsmith.com
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Attorney Debra L. Smith provides personalized legal services with a concentration in family and juvenile law, including divorce (on issues such as alimony, child support, parenting plans and division of marital assets), paternity, adoption, guardianship of children, modification, and care and protection matters. Ms. Smith’s focus is to save clients money by resolving matters cooperatively whenever possible. Attorney Smith believes that her clients are best served by attempting at the onset of a case to seek resolution of a matter as a high majority of cases are ultimately resolved without going to trial. Her preferred approach is to act as a collaborative attorney using a team approach with a divorce coach, financial professionals and if needed, other professionals such as a child specialist. She has been successful in reaching an amicable settlement in many disputes in over 28 years of law practice. However, in rare cases if the matter does not settle, she has substantial litigation experience and a good record in trying cases before a judge.

Other services Ms. Smith offers is acting as mediator to help couples resolve their family law matter in a respectful and amicable way in the private setting in her office. Ms. Smith was on the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. from 2002-2010. She has accepted Guardian ad Litem appointments from the court and has represented children in juvenile matters for over 20 years. Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor for Suffolk University. She acted as the wife’s attorney in the Divorce Center’s DVD called “A Divorce Play in Four Acts.” Attorney Smith has lectured for The Divorce Center, Inc., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. To learn more about Ms. Smith’s background, please visit her website.

Susan D. Stamps Esq. **

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Law Offices of Susan D. Stamps Address 9 Damonmill Square Suite 5D Concord MA 01742 Phone: (978) 371-3131 Fax: (978) 371-2378 Website: www.stamps-law.com
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Attorney Stamps has over 25 years experience in family law and specializes in complex custody, financial and tax matters. Her firm offers litigation, mediation, and collaborative law services to clients in divorce and post-divorce matters. They also offer prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements as well as Guardian ad Litem and parent coordinator services. Call or email for a free consultation.

Linda Sternberg Esq. **

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Sternberg Law Address 10 Tremont Street Suite 200 Boston MA 02108-2008 Phone: (617) 722-8300 Fax: (617) 722-8350 Website: www.SternbergLaw.com
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Attorney Linda Sternberg has practiced family law in the greater Boston area for more than 30 years. Linda is a collaborative practitioner, mediator and litigator in all aspects of family law. Her areas of expertise and experience include divorce, paternity, child support, alimony/spousal support, custody and parenting plans, guardianships and conservatorships, modifications and contempt actions. Attorney Sternberg serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and also as an attorney for children. Attorney Sternberg is devoted to helping families resolve their disputes as amicably as possible using her wealth of experience, strong advocacy, empathy, compassion and sense of humor. For more information, see http://www.SternbergLaw.com.