Amber Barber manages all aspects of divorce and civil union dissolution, including complex financial issues, extensive marital assets, post-judgment modifications and court order enforcement issues. She helps clients negotiate custody and visitation disputes, child support issues, spousal maintenance/alimony matters and property division agreements, frequently working to resolve complicated issues involving business valuations, pension and retirement plans, stock portfolios and real property.
Amber provides comprehensive advice about the fairness and equity of proposed settlement agreements and has considerable litigation experience. When children are involved, Amber’s goal is to help her clients obtain a resolution that is in the children’s best interests and to secure a fair and equitable resolution with regard to their financial situation. Amber includes mediation in her practice whenever appropriate.
Amber is past-president of the Vermont Bar Association, and a member of the VBA Board of Managers. She previously served on the board as a representative of VBA’s Young Lawyers Division and is a past-president of that group. She is treasurer for the Chittenden County Bar Association.
Amber is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. AAML applicants must have practiced primarily in the area of family law for at least ten years and must pass written and oral examinations, receive recognition as first-rate matrimonial lawyers by judges and peers, aspire to high ethical standards and demonstrate involvement in activities that elevate the standards and improve the practice of matrimonial law. AAML fellows are widely recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity.
Amber is also a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a select group of top family law trial lawyers from across the United States who practice complex family and matrimonial law in matters ranging from the simple, amicable divorce to the highly complicated, high-asset divorce as well as separation, custody, child support, alimony, post-divorce modifications, prenuptial agreements and other matrimonial matters.
Amber is an active member of the Family Law Section of the Vermont Bar Association and served as Section chair from 2007 to 2008.
As a participant in the Military Family Law Pro Bono project in 2009, Amber helped to train lawyers on how to file and modify parental rights orders for deploying service members, what to include in proposed orders to provide for long-distance parenting and parent-child contact, how to consider military benefits in child-support calculations and other military-specific family law topics.
Amber also helped to draft the state’s Military Parental Rights Act and testified before the Vermont legislature about the protections the bill offers to children when a divorced parent is deployed. The comprehensive bill, which Governor Douglas called “a model” for the rest of the nation, was signed into law in March 2010.
For several years, Amber served as a judge for We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, a statewide competition in which Vermont high school students are evaluated on their depth of understanding of the Constitution, their ability to make a connection between the Constitution and particular cases, and their grasp of historical examples. The winning team represents Vermont at the national competition in Washington, D.C.
Amber teaches Pro Se Education for Chittenden Family Court and is a frequent lecturer on all aspects of family law, including complex litigation. Recent presentations include:
- Co-presenter, Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets, July 2014
- Co-presenter, Advanced Family Law and Ethics in Family Law, November 2013
- Co-presenter, Vermont Strong and the Legal System: Meeting Legal Needs in Time of Disaster, October 2012
- Co-presenter, What Family Court Magistrates Want Practitioners to Know/Child Support Update, March 2012
- Vermont’s Evolving Family Law, Vermont Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting, March 2010
English, Spanish (proficient)
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