Guardians ad Litem
Auburndale Center for Divorce
Karl W. Topor, Esq., Guardian ad Litem
275 Grove Street, Building Two, Suite 400, Newton, MA 02466
Phone: (617) 969-8889
Fax: (617) 415-1497
Karl 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 Litemís 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.
Thomas F. Carr, M.A., LMFT, LMHC
Thomas F. Carr & Associates, Inc.
9 Kinsman Place, Natick, MA, 01760-2732
Phone: (508) 650-1811
Fax: (508) 650-3621
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 Diplomate 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 Chldren, Chapter 19 (2003), and 2001 recipient of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations' Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
C. Michele Dorsey, Esq.
Safe Harbor Mediation/C. Michele Dorsey, Attorney at Law
79 Kenneth Rd., Scituate, MA 02066
Phone: (781) 545-9805/(781) 545-9770
Fax: (781) 545-4680
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.
Levitt Law Group
- Karen J. Levitt, Esq.
- Andrea Wells, Esq.
- Emily Weber, Esq.
4 Meeting House Road, Suite 3, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Phone: (978) 458-5550
Fax: (978) 256-7600
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. For more information, go to www.levittlawgroup.com.
- 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 Rrepresentation, 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.
Anna Shapiro, Esq., PC
400 West Cummings Park, Suite 3900, Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: (339) 298-2300
Fax: (339) 298-2099
Anna Shapiro, Esq., PC effectively serves the interest of her clients in the matters involving Family Law, Divorce, Limited Assistance Representation, GAL, Parenting Coordinator, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Restraining Orders, Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Business Set Up, Planning and Corporate Law, Consumer Rights and Protection, Contracts & Commercial Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Estate Planning, Criminal Law, Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Mortgage Modifications and Short Sales, Credit Negotiation, Landlord and Tenant Law, Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Wills and Trusts, Probate Law, Immigration Law, Disability/Social Security and Appeals.
She is an attorney, GAL and Parenting Coordinator for Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties.
Debra L. Smith, Esq.
134 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 924-6728
Fax: (617) 924-6797
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. Smithís 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 wifeís attorney in the Divorce Centerís 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. Smithís background, please visit her website at www.lawdebsmith.com.
Susan D. Stamps, Esq.
Law Offices of Susan D. Stamps
9 Damonmill Square, Suite 5D, Concord, MA 01742
Phone: (978) 371-3131
Fax: (978) 371-2378
Attorney Stamps has over 25 years experience in family law and specializes in complex custody, financial and tax matters.
In addition to litigation, mediation, and collaborative law services for clients in divorce and post-divorce matters, her firm offers
Guardian ad Litem and parent coordinator services with all required training and certifications.
Lorri Seibert Woodacre, Esq.
Law Offices of Lorri Woodacre
8 Grove St., Suite 402, Wellesley, MA. 02482 and
45 Summer St., Natick, MA. 01760
Phone: (781) 237-6020
Fax: (781) 237-6027
Attorney Woodacre's practice concentrates in division of assets, alimony, modification, relocation and child custody cases often involving forensic litigation and mediation skills. She maintains two offices, one in Wellesley, the other in Natick working in Greater Boston courts as well as Worcester County and Bristol County, where she can meet clients at a satellite location. Spanish facility.