Margaret is a graduate of Albertus Magnus College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her background includes work as a mediator with Family Relations in Superior Court and Small Claims Court. She concentrates her practice in the area of family law with litigation, collaborative law and mediation, as well as the representation of children. She volunteers as a Special Master for Hartford Superior Court, New Britain Superior Court and Regional High Conflict Custody Court.
Margaret also volunteers in the Advice Day Pilot Program in Hartford Superior Court and the Families in Transition Program with the Children’s Law Center. She is a member of the CCDM, CCDG, CCCFLG, IACP, the Divorce Team of Connecticut, the Connecticut Bar Association, and is a co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Hartford County Bar Association. Read more »
A certified divorce mediator and collaborative lawyer, Ms. Busby is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group, Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association, and is a board member of the Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution. She sees her role as a divorce lawyer as helping families through transitions.
She is a graduate of McGill University (1988), and the University of Connecticut School of Law (1993), where she was an editor of the law review. Ms. Busby is co-author of a two volume treatise on Connecticut Civil Procedure, and has written articles for other legal publications, including “Marital Agreements” and “Alternative Dispute Resolution” for MCLE New England. Her article, “A Practice With Heart” was published in Bodhi magazine, Volume 8, No. 4 (2006) and The Connecticut Lawyer Volume 18, No 4 (2007). Ms. Busby volunteers with the Hartford Family Court and the Children’s Law Center as a volunteer. Read more »
Attorney Chace has been practicing for 23 years in New Britain, CT at the law firm of Weber & Carrier, LLP. Family law is one of her areas of concentration and she represents clients in both litigated and collaborative matters. She is certified in collaborative practice and is committed to guiding clients through their divorce or family matter in an efficient, civilized manner while achieving their goals. Attorney Chace is a graduate of Providence College (B.A. 1989 Cum Laude) and the George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1992). She is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut Superior Court and the United States District Court. She is past president of the New Britain Bar Association and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. She is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group. Read more »
Rothenberg & Cianciola LLC
33 Meriden Avenue, Southington CT 06489
Jill Cianciola’s primary area of practice include family law, divorce and matrimonial law, real estate law and wills, probate and estate administration. She is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations and the Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section.
Jill serves as a Special Masters Mediator for Family Matters in the Judicial Districts of Hartford and New Britain. She also serves as a Guardian ad litem and/or an attorney for minor children in the Hartford, Middletown and New Britain Judicial Districts. She also is a fully trained and certified mediator and collaborative law specialist and is a member of the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group and the Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce. Read more »
Abby Golomb Cole, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology, Mediation and Collaborative Divorce
36 Welles St., Suite 210, Glastonbury, CT 06033
As a Divorce Coach and Mediator in Glastonbury, Connecticut, Abby works to help families solve their problems with dignity and respect. In Collaborative Divorces, she works to keep communication lines open and teaches parents how to retool their communication as they transition from spouses to co-parents. She helps families in mediation and collaboration to craft Parenting Plans that are finely tuned to the developmental stages, personal needs and interests of the children, and that work smoothly for the entire family. With patience, thoughtfulness and experience, Abby guides families through divorce, building mutual understanding and acceptance.
Abby is firmly committed to changing how families divorce in Connecticut. She seeks to reduce conflict between spouses and to protect children from the problems of their parents. Families who work with Abby through their divorces have complete privacy and control. Together, she helps them to restructure and rebuild family life.
For over 30 years, Abby has had an active psychotherapy practice, working with individuals and couples. She continues to work with couples who seek to deepen or repair their relationships and with individuals facing life transitions and challenges. Because so many psychotherapy patients struggle with the aftermath of ugly divorces, she retrained in 2008 as a Divorce Mediator and Collaborative Divorce Coach. From this perspective, Abby’s divorce work is like preventative medicine: to the extent that children can be shielded from the intensity of their parents’ divorce and adults can learn to work peaceably together, the long-term destructiveness of divorce will be minimized.
Towards this end, Abby has continued to deepen her mediation skills by attending conferences and trainings in non-adversarial divorce. She has been active in CCDG, a leading interdisciplinary practice group for Collaborative Divorce in Connecticut, serving as Co-President for two years as well as participating on several committees. At the state level, she has served as the President, as Chair of the Professional Development Committee, and as chair of Membership for CCND, the Connecticut Council on Non-Adversarial Divorce, and she has served on the board of CCND since 2014. She has given numerous public talks and has appeared on TV and radio as an expert on the collaborative process. Read more »
Wendy J. Davies has been practicing law for over 27 years at Rome Clifford Katz & Koerner, LLP. Her primary focus of practice has been family law concentrating on divorce, child custody, support, visitation and post-divorce modifications. Wendy is a certified mediator and collaborative lawyer and can assist client’s in resolving their family matters in a confidential, respectful and efficient manner. She is also a certified Guardian Ad Litem and/or Attorney for the Minor Child. Wendy also volunteers as a Special Master Mediator in the Judicial Districts of Hartford and Middletown.
Wendy is a Hartford County native, having attended Windsor Locks High School and University of Hartford (B.A. 1987). Thereafter, she received her law degree at West New England University School of Law (J.D. 1990). Wendy is admitted to the Connecticut Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Wendy is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association Family Section and The Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.
Wendy lives in Cheshire, Connecticut and is married with three daughters, who have attended Trinity College, Boston College and Keene State College. She has been active in her community volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, coaching travel basketball and a girl scout leader. Wendy is an avid sports fan and has been inducted into both the Windsor Locks Athletic Hall of Fame (2010) and the University of Hartford Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame (2008). Read more »
I have over 30 years of experience as a family law attorney and have been an active mediator and collaborative attorney for over 16 years. During the first half of my time in practice, I saw first-hand the costly (both financial and emotional), disadvantages to traditional divorce litigation. It was important to me to work toward bringing civility back to the legal profession. This led me to focus my practice on mediation ad collaborative law and to be deeply committed to respectful and goal oriented/interest based negotiations. I repeatedly see the positive results of a mediated or collaborative divorce versus the negative ones in the litigated divorce, reminding me of the benefits to the spouses and children that mediation and collaboration provides. Recognizing that some cases do require a litigated approach, I still accept litigation cases on a case-by case basis. Read more »
Attorney DiCara graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana and then received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. Since her legal career began in 1982, she has focused on individuals and their families.
She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group, Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Connecticut Bar Association, Hartford County Bar Association, Greater New Britain Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Connecticut Attorney’s Title Insurance Company. She serves as a Special Master in the Divorce Pre-Trial Program in the, Hartford and New Britain Judicial Districts She is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for the past 5 years and was named Top Attorney by Hartford Magazine 2011, 2012 Read more »
Douglas I. Fishman has been a practicing attorney for over fifteen years, working closely with families, individuals and small businesses. Doug’s trademark approach brings a winning combination of intelligence, empathy, creativity and effectiveness to his clients and their issues.
For the past ten years Doug has concentrated on assisting families with divorce, child custody and support, adoption and all manner of family matters. In addition to expertly managing the technical and procedural aspects of divorce, Attorney Fishman understands the feelings and emotions that accompany the divorce process. Through extensive training and experience, Attorney Fishman has developed a full range of options in his family-centered practice, including mediation, collaboration, and litigation. When appropriate he coordinates closely with other professionals, including mental health providers, accountants, and financial planners. Read more »
Law Offices of Amy J. Horowitz
Ten Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT
Amy has more than 30 years of legal experience working with a variety of individuals who have a wide range of legal needs. She offers clients personalized attention by tailoring her services to meet their goals and soothe their concerns. Amy is dedicated to staying connected to the Connecticut community in an effort to best serve the area and its residents. Attorney Horowitz sits on the executive committee of the board of directors for Community Partners in Action (CPA), a nonprofit that deals with restorative justice by offering prison diversion programs, prison art programs and more. She also volunteers as a special master for family law, where she helps families mediate before they go to family law court. Read more »
Attorney Hurvitz understands that the divorce process can be a challenging experience, emotionally, legally and financially. He is committed to the Collaborative Divorce process helping families facing difficult changes to communicate effectively, make educated decisions and reduce conflict. He is dedicated to working with couples in a cooperative and respectful manner to reach a long lasting resolution that benefits the entire family.
His roots in the community are deep. He was born and raised in the Hartford area. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1970) the University of Connecticut Law School (1973) and admitted to the Connecticut and U. S. District Court (1974). Attorney Hurvitz is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section. He is trained in collaborative divorce and serves as a Special Master in the Hartford and New Britain Courts, assisting the courts in mediating settlement agreements in dissolution of marriage actions.
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Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan, LLC
10 Talcott Notch, Farmington, CT
John Laudati has practiced in the area of family law since 1981. He is admitted to practice before all the Connecticut Courts, the U.S. District Court for Connecticut and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Hartford County Bar Association.
Laudati is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.A. 1977, Magna Cum Laude) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1981)
He is a past co-chair of the Hartford County Practice and Procedure Seminar. He is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He also serves as a judge for the High School Mock Trial Competition, New Britain Chapter and for the University of Connecticut School of Law. He has also served as an instructor for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association’s “Peoples Law School.” Read more »
Attorney Katarzyna Maluszewski is committed to providing legal services that focus on the client and the client’s legal issues rather than protracted litigation. Having seen first hand how expensive and dehumanizing litigation can be, she strives to limit long, public, and unproductive trips to the courthouse by scheduling meetings in the privacy of a law office. She is committed to the collaborative process as a means of reducing the trauma divorce can cause a family.
A 1999 graduate of Quinnipiac College School of Law, Attorney Maluszewski is experienced in family law and often serves as a court appointed child advocate in high-conflict cases. Her emphasis is on obtaining a fair result while preserving family relationships.
She is a member of the Connecticut and New Britain Bar Associations. She served as Vice President of the New Britain Bar Association in 2005. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and member of the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group (CCCFLG). Read more »
Attorney Mike Mastrianni has over 23 years of experience in family law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section, specializing in contested, uncontested and collaborative divorces, child custody, child support and visitation matters, and post divorce modifications.
Attorney Mastrianni serves as a Special Master for the New Britain Superior Court. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and a founding member of the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group (CCCFLG). He is licensed to practice law in all Connecticut Courts as well as the United States District Court. He is also a former Plainville Town Attorney. Attorney Mastrianni is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State College and the University of Bridgeport School of Law. Read more »
Renfro is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She works as a divorce coach and family and child specialist. She has extensive training in Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. Laura is active in several Collaborative practice groups throughout Connecticut and the International Association of Divorce Professionals. She has a sincere interest in reducing the emotional impact that divorce can have on families. Throughout the collaborative divorce process, Ms. Renfro ensures that families are empowered to make their own decisions about their own lives in a peaceful and dignified manner.
In addition to helping families peacefully resolve conflict, Laura works passionately to help children who have experienced trauma and loss, particularly foster and adopted children. Committed to “giving back”, she volunteers regularly as a Special Master at the Regional Family Trial Docket and has mediated for families in conflict at the Connecticut Children’s Law Center.
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Growing up in a single-parent home, raised by her mother and grandmother, along with her experience as a volunteer at a special education school, Misty Simmons knew personally the diversity among family dynamics and decided as a teenager that she would become a lawyer to help children and families in times of transition.
So that’s what she did.
Knowing law school was the end goal, she worked as a legal secretary and then paralegal through college and following graduation, truly excited for the opportunity to learn all that she could about the law. Misty Simmons continued working full-time as a paralegal through law school and still managed to graduate summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law as a member of the Law Review. Her career has focused primarily on family law before joining Freed Marcroft with 8 years of experience serving as a Guardian ad Litem in highly contested custody matters, assigned the role of representing the minor child(ren)’s best interest. Her passion for representing children and giving them a voice translates seamlessly to her divorce and custody clients because she is quick to provide valuable insight into the perspective of the children, as she has often heard first-hand from children over the years. Read more »