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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.