Family is why I do what I do. Family means everything to me, but I don’t believe it has anything to do with blood relation or DNA. Family means whatever you want it to mean, but above all it means love.
As a child, my family consisted of the four people I lived with, as well as my grandparents, cousins, and uncles. There were also a select few of my parent’s friends who were like aunts and uncles to me. All these people shaped who I am now.
I was born and raised in New England, spending my most favorite and formative years in a tiny town about 20 miles south of Boston.
In college, I met my husband Joe. He was born in New York and raised just south of the city, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. We currently live in Suwanee with our two amazing daughters and two cats.
My little sister is almost seven years younger than me, but before she was born I had an older cousin who I always considered to be a big sister. Some of my earliest memories are of our time together. While I was in law school, and that cousin was pregnant with her second baby, her husband left her. I felt completely helpless. I wanted to fix it for her, but I couldn’t do anything.
Something in me snapped and I knew that I was meant to practice family law and fight for the preservation of families. That does not mean keeping unhealthy relationships together, but rather allowing family structure to change as necessary and appropriate given whatever life throws at you.
In fact, in a family law situation, there really are never clear winners but there are some success stories. I always try to make the best out of a really difficult situation, but any time I am able to close that chapter for someone, it is a good thing.
My cousin was eventually able to successfully close that chapter in her life through a divorce and open a wonderful new one. She is now married to an amazing man and happier than ever.
Painting has been a hobby of mine since I was little. It helps me to shut off that part of my brain that is always thinking about my work. This can also help give me clarity and breakthroughs I would not have otherwise.
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