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Any divorce, by its very nature, is difficult. My divorce, you could easily say, has been extremely difficult, and exceptionally long - almost two years long. Attorney Dusini, and her firm, MittelAsen, has represented me since day one. I can unequivocally state, without any hesitation whatsoever, there is not a better, more competent Family Law Attorney in the State of Maine then Diane Dusini.
I knew from the very start of my divorce that it was going to be difficult, so I spent quite a bit of time at the onset selecting an attorney to represent me. As a first step, I asked a number of prominent lawyers in Portland who they would recommend. Ms Dusini's name was on everyone's short list. As a second step I also spoke with a number of people who had gone through difficult divorces themselves. Again Ms Dusini's name was continuously mentioned. One woman, who I respected tremendously, told me this: "you have to hire MittelAsen."
My divorce has had endless twists and turns, almost to the point of being unbelievable: two PFA's in two states, numerous Court hearings, working with a GAL, DHHS and Spurwink, amongst others. Whenever we were in Court it was so clear to me that Diane was always 100% prepared and ready, and that is why she/we have had so many victories along the way. I always felt confident stepping into the Court Room with Diane. I knew I had the best representation possible. Granted, I did not always agree with every Judge's ruling (and I do not think that anyone does in a divorce case), but I always knew that Diane did her absolute best for me. I could not ask for more then that.
If I could go back to day one I would hire Diane again. I consider myself very fortunate to be her client. I hope she will stick with me for the rest of my life.
Dealing with Ms. Dusini was not a pleasant experience and left our family in shambles. During final divorce proceedings ALL marital assets went to the other spouse, excluding a 2-family home for myself and four children. Nine units of passive income and the plumbing and heating business all went to the spouse. Three of those units were purchased during the divorce proceedings while the children and I suffered through economic abuse. Six of these units were commercial property, passive income, and are slated to be sold as condos, as was the sales pitch from the spouse to use our 75K cash reserves. Spouse is now living like retired, arrested frequently for violating the P.F.A., harasses and instigates situations with the only thing he has left to try and control with, the children. The Divorce Decree can not even be met and the only 2 awarded items to this family were my responsibility to "see if I could get it." A 9K I.R.A. was awarded to this family and it took a year or more, and my own Motion to Enforce for it to finally arrive, after property taxes were due. The spouse knew this, and every opportunity before, played games with it. I sold my car to pay the property taxes and after received the I.R.A. for 9K, paid back debts, at the end of the year I made 16K, was penalized 3K, and couldn't even claim my two of the four children on my tax return. Spouse proved time and again of his morally challenged nature and vindictive nature... Ms. Dusini made jokes when calling stating that her call would only cost a window or a door. Given the fact that the spouse and I owned and operated two businesses, income property and the plumbing and heating business, after I transitioned a wealth management company to handle the books for Louis, economic abuse began. Our family had nothing to pay for attorney fees other than from our home. Ms. Dusini recommended an Asset Sheet to try to find an equitable split in court, but through out a business evaluation of 328K for the plumbing and heating, dismissed the value of nine units of passive income, did not represent the fact that our home was operating at a loss and was in need to long overdue deferred maintenance. 25K The spouse recanted all offers to assist with even the very roof over our home and played games that cost thousands of dollars. Ms. Dusini did not even recover $5,570 that was paid for from our home simply to obtain the Protection from Abuse Order. Ms. Dusini's representation cost this family thousands from our home, the end result is a Divorce Decree that can not be met in any way shape or form. Such as health insurance for only 2 of the four children, stating a 10K deductible, with funding of $5,600 oop to an H.S.A. when this family has only made 18K in 2008 and 16K in 2009. Miraculously I was able to finally pursue and purchase income property when the divorce became final, but the spouse slid through divorce court scoring three additional units of passive income, in addition to the 6 unit condo project, fraudulently and claiming all of our assets at $975,000. So, we have a business valuated at $328,000, assets at $975,000, and we qualify for state services as I climb back to financial health after intentional financial abuse, harassment, constant police interaction for violations of a P.F.A. and the court ruled $9,000 in spouses' favor and a Time Share valued at 10K to be the responsibility of this family to pay the real estate and maintenance fees on when it finally arrives after the Motion to Enforce (my own effort) and they have not been able to be afforded. End result, this Time Share, the I.R.A. I've written about, and $525 weekly transitional support, no savings, no retirement, continued harassment. It was as if Diane Dusini and Peter Evans (whom worked in the same firm for years) were both working for the other spouse, leaving this family poverty stricken. Ms Dusini also recommended that she present myself to the court as an uneducated and with limited resources to go forward in order that she may be able to get the already under budget support
Dealing with Ms. Dusini was not a pleasant experience and left our family in shambles.