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Deborah Sirotkin Butler | Arlington Family Law Attorney

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Family Law, Child Custody, Collaborative Law, State Appellate Practice, Special Education, Appeals


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In 2010, Deborah Sirotkin Butler began her twenty fifth year as an attorney in Massachusetts.  She has represented clients in divorce matters, paternity matters, and child welfare matters, such as care and protection and child in need of services, on both trial and appeal.  She has completed more than 150 appellate cases, and been instrumental to reforming the law through the appellate process.  Her reported decisions include Care and Protection of Vivian, Delk v. Gonzalez, Adoption of John, and Adoption of Linus, and many others.  She also accepts appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem, performs mediations, and practices collaborative law.  She is certified to accept court appointments in Juvenile Court and Probate Court in the area of child welfare law, normally cases involving the Department of Children and Families.  She offers Limited Attorney Representation, and mentors other attorneys involved in the appellate process.  She is also active as an advocate for children's rights as a volunteer, including in seeking reform to the foster care system, and child welfare practice in Massachusetts.
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Wayne State University Law SchoolJuris Doctor Law School1983  
Michigan State UniversityBAArt History and Russian Studies6/1970
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United States Supreme CourtApril 17, 2000
Massachusetts1985
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, Juvenile Bar Association, Greater Lowell Bar Association, Social Law Library.
  • Care and Protection of Vivian,Delk v. Gonzalez,Maalouf v. Saliba, Adoption of Iris (1) and (2), Adoption of John, Adoption of Lorna, In re Kinsman Estate (1) & (2) pursuant to Rule 1:28, Adoption of Yvette, Adoption of Linus (and many more both reported and pursuant to Rule 1:28).

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Arlington, MA 02474
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