NORRISTOWN, Pa. (August 19, 2013) – High Swartz LLP, a general practice law firm based in Norristown, Pa., announced that Partner Melissa M. Boyd has recently completed training to become a Certified Arbitrator for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The 21st AAML Arbitration Training Institute was held in Chicago August 2 – 4, 2013, and covered a variety of topics, including: history of family law arbitration, pre-arbitration issues, rules of arbitration, and tips for conducting a successful arbitration hearing. Boyd now joins the 288 active AAML Fellows in 34 states as a Certified AAML Matrimonial Law Arbitrator.
AAML was founded in 1962 by domestic relations attorneys “To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law, including: divorce, annulment, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements, child custody and visitation, business valuations, property valuations and division, alimony, child support and other family law issues.
The recent adoption of the AAML Model Family Law Arbitration Act (Model Act) has generated interest in an alternative dispute resolution methodology; the Model Act includes both a framework for state family law arbitration statutes and suggested rules for arbitration. As a Certified Arbitrator, Boyd will be able to work with parties who voluntarily agree to submit part or all of their dispute to a decision maker known as an Arbitrator. The parties and the Arbitrator control the issues submitted, the manner in which the arbitration will be conducted, and declare whether the decision will be binding and final, or non-binding. The arbitration process is typically less formal, less expensive, and more expeditious than a hearing or trial in a courtroom.
Boyd concentrates her practice on divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, as well as child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoptions, protection from abuse and juvenile law. She is also a current member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA’s) Family Law Section (FLS) Council, overseeing and managing the programs, activities and initiatives of the section, and has served on many other committees for the PBA’s FLS over the years.
Boyd also is an active member of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association, as well as the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court for Family Law, and frequently presents on family law topics to these organizations as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Boyd is a graduate of Washington College, and received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Founded in 1914, High Swartz LLP is a general practice law firm with a rich history and tradition of excellence in serving clients in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, please visit www.highswartz.com