Joyce Kauffman

Kauffman Law & Mediation

Newton, Massachusetts 02456

617-577-1505

Adoption, Asset Distribution, Child Custody, Child Support Modification, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Divorce Modification and Enforcement, Domestic Relations, Family, LGBT, Marital Property, Paternity, Same Sex Disputes, Spousal Support, Stepfamily


Joyce Kauffman is a 1992 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and a 1981 graduate of Lesley University, with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. In addition to an extensive divorce and traditional family law practice, her practice focuses on issues impacting the LGBTQ community. On brief in Adoption of Tammy, the 1993 Massachusetts case that secured the right for same-sex couples to adopt, Attorney Kauffman also represented the first lesbian couple in Massachusetts to obtain a birth certificate without benefit of adoption upon the birth of their child, conceived through IVF using the eggs of one of the women but born to the other woman. She has represented a number of families who have successfully obtained three-parent adoptions. Since the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Goodridge decision, Attorney Kauffman has represented a number of individuals in same-sex divorces as well as in the preparation of prenuptial agreements. She is a trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer.

Attorney Kauffman currently sits on the Governor's Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws, the Voice of the Child taskforce of the Probate and Family Court, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD).

Attorney Kauffman is privileged to have been a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights since its inception in 2003. She is the former co-chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and former chair of that organization's Family Law Section; and a current member of the Emeritus Board of Directors of Family Equality, a national organization advocating for the rights of LGBT families. Attorney Kauffman speaks frequently at continuing legal education seminars, conferences, community organizations, and universities and has published a number of articles concerning the legal rights of LGBT families. She is the recipient of the Gwen Bloomingdale Pioneer Spirit Award from the Mass LGBTQ Bar (2007), the Fisher Davenport Award from the Family Pride Coalition (now Family Equality) and COLAGE (2004), and the Barney Frank Award from the Massachusetts School of Law (2003). Attorney Kauffman has been selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers each year since 2008, and was named to "Best Lawyers in America" in 2013. In 2009, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selected her as one of the Lawyers of the Year and, in 2013, as one of the Top Women of Law.

                        

 
 

 

 

Mediation

Unlike conciliation, mediation is a confidential alternative dispute resolution process in which the mediator is a neutral facilitator of discussions between the parties as they work towards a voluntary agreement.  The parties are in control of this process, and it is the parties who determine the final outcome.  Since the process is entirely voluntary, a party may end the mediation if she does not believe it is productive.  As a mediator, Attorney Kauffman provides information but not legal advice to the parties and the focus remains on coming to an agreement that works best for your particular situation



Attorney Kauffman has practiced family law for the past twenty-five years in the areas of divorce, guardianship, adoption, mediation, and reproductive technology.  Throughout, she has maintained a special focus on issues impacting the LGBTQ community in the areas of adoption, relationship recognition, and parentage.  Shortly after graduating from law school in 1992, she was on brief in Adoption of Tammy, the case that secured the right for same-sex couples to adopt in Massachusetts. In addition to several hundred co-parent adoptions in the intervening years, Attorney Kauffman has successfully obtained three-parent adoptions for a number of LGBT families. She also represented the first lesbian couple in Massachusetts to obtain a birth certificate upon the birth of a child who had been conceived through IVF, using the eggs of one and born to the other.  Since the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Goodridge decision, Attorney Kauffman has represented numerous individuals in the preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements as well as in same-sex divorces.

Attorney Kauffman is a trained mediator, collaborative lawyer, coach, and conciliator. Her background in child development and counseling psychology, in combination with her extensive family law experience, make her uniquely qualified in the field of dispute resolution. Attorney Kauffman is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars, conferences, community organizations, and universities.  She has published a number of articles concerning the legal rights of LGBT families.

Kauffman Law & Mediation
4238 Washington Street, Suite 313
Roslindale, MA 02131

T: 617.577.1505
F: 617.577.1012
E: [email protected]