"I decided to be a family law attorney so I could help create positive change for children and families experiencing the confusion and uncertainty that often accompanies the decision to divorce. Because of my own parents’ intense custody dispute, I know that considering the best interests of a child or children should be paramount for both parents as they navigate unknown waters.
When I was very young my parents divorced and I witnessed the impact a child custody battle and an absent father have on a child as they grow into adulthood. Each child involved is affected differently and at different times, which may not be realized until later in life. My sister had a different experience than I did, but we were both impacted in various ways which shaped us into the women we are today.
Being raised by a single mom, who is an educator to at-risk youth, also impacted my decision to practice family law. After years of sitting around the dining room table discussing the different and sometimes terrible situations some children and families encounter, I learned that, if introduced to the appropriate resources and being open to those resources, a child’s and/or family’s life can be positively influenced and hopefully rewired for success. I observed how much of this success was dependent on connecting the person in need with the proper individual and/or assistance at the right time.
By combining my real-life experience and legal knowledge, I want to enable families to move beyond the challenges and negativity that are often associated with child custody lawsuits. I believe that if both parents focus on preserving or creating a healthy environment for their children and detangling their lives in a way that is conducive to co-parenting then all parties involved can turn an emotionally-trying time into a new beginning.
To whom much is given, much is expected. This quote summarizes and shapes my day-to-day philosophy. I have been given the ability and am in a position, as a family law attorney, where I have numerous opportunities to be an advocate or connector for those in need who do not know where to start or do not necessarily have a voice in the matter. My goal is to use the tools, understanding and skills I have been given to help children and families move beyond their current circumstances to create a better future."