December 2018 will mark my 30th year of practicing law. During those years, I witnessed family law litigation becoming far more complicated, time consuming and expensive. Not surprisingly, at the same time, I witnessed the evolution of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process, which aimed to resolve certain family law cases in a more efficient, cost-effective way than the traditional litigation model.Continue Reading
During my 38 years of working in the Worcester Probate and Family Court, I witnessed some extraordinary things. Spending a lot of time in the courtroom, I watched as people went through some pretty weighty events in their lives – negotiating a divorce settlement, contesting a will, modifying a custody agreement, adopting a child.