I wish the original review I drafted on my phone saved, so here's a shot at it again.
Undoubtedly - Catherine is a great advocate for mothers too - but this is specifically written for fathers.
I was referred personally to four separate attorneys and consulted all four before retaining Catherine. Four. I am sure the other's knew the law and we're good referrals, but I didn't feel a connection back from any of them. They felt very uninterested in my matter and frankly, too busy for more. I walked into Catherine's office and minutes into our conversation, knew that we'd be a great team.
Catherine was not only excellent at family law (as other reviews show) - she was an advocate through and through for me as the father. Understanding that I gave up my rights not long before we started working together still, she persisted with great confidence and when needed, unwavering guidance.
I do not think I would have accomplished all we did (including avoid trial) without her extensive practice and knowledge of family law. It's confusing, it's not in favor of us father's, and it is mentally taxing which then can be physically damaging. Once on a path forward - I felt the weight of concern be lifted - this process is, A LOT OF WORK. YOU HAVE TO DO IT TOO (I am also recovering from alcohol and drug addiction). Before I couldn't even talk to my ex without extreme frustration and conflict. With Catherine's path, I felt that I had the confidence to begin to discover what co-parenting might look like.
The Court's do not like these cases to "linger" back and forth, so you do not have time to sit, wait, and hope time will heal. It will not in this case. That's why it is required to have someone (like Catherine) who is educated well on the matter, connected (not in the pulling favors sense, but familiar to how magistrates will favor or react to certain actions and motions based on her time working locally in our courts), and a good judge of character. If you are clear, truthful, diligent, and really care of the fair and equitable interests of your children then you have found a perfect ally in the journey to settle whatever family matter you carry.
I have -a path- to a future with my children - a path toward shared parenting rights, and an amazing future for my children, with me, their father in their lives.
We're headed to a LONG weekend together this weekend, for the first time in several years. Bless.
PS- [reminder] Just as a "consumer" of professional services myself, like those of attorney's - be respectful. Learn the importance of practicing mindfulness and patience. YOU are seeking someone for THEIR expertise, lay down your personal baggage at the door and let the person you are seeking for professional services do what they are passionate about and good at.