Caryn Waxman has represented matrimonial and family law clients throughout Vermont since 1998. She concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce, civil union dissolutions, child custody, relocation disputes, child support, post judgment modifications and enforcement of court orders, as well as step-parent adoption and guardianship matters.
Caryn has extensive experience with complex matrimonial actions involving high asset divorce clients. Within the range of family law disputes, Caryn has substantial litigation experience, and she has successfully negotiated resolutions in even the most contentious and contested matters. Caryn’s work with her clients is focused on reducing conflict and creating long-term sustainable solutions to what often appear to be insurmountable circumstances.
Where appropriate, Caryn incorporates alternative dispute resolution into matrimonial and parenting matters where a favorable outcome would encompass the ability of divorcing spouses to maintain and continue a co-parenting or otherwise amicable relationship.
Caryn is a member of the Family Law Section of the Vermont Bar Association, and presents advanced trainings in family law matters to audiences that include lawyers, paralegals, financial advisors, and marital counselors.
Caryn is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. AAML applicants must have focused 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.
Caryn is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. The AFCC is the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.
Caryn has been appointed to serve as a member of, and to chair, a hearing panel of the Vermont Professional Responsibility Board from July 2012 – June 2014.
Caryn was selected from a very competitive pool of applicants for membership in the Excellence in Executive Leadership (ExcEL) Class of 2012. The four-month program is presented by the Champlain College Center for Professional & Executive Development and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Teleos Leadership Institute. Caryn is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Champlain, a year-long leadership development program also presented by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Caryn lectures frequently on matrimonial and family law matters in continuing legal education seminars and teaches Pro Se Education at Chittenden Family Court. Recent and upcoming presentations include:
- “Issues and Strategies for Representation of Same Gender Couples and Their Families” (moderator\presenter), American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers New England Regional Symposium, Boston, Mass. May 2013
- “The Laws They Are a-Changin (Family Law)” (panelist), Vermont Bar Association 56th Mid-Year Meeting, March 2013
- “Same Problems, Different Solutions: Issues and Strategies for Same-Sex Couples and Their Families” (panelist), Vermont Association for Justice Second Annual Family Law Conference, The Long and Winding Road: Changing Perspectives on Vermont Family Law, March 2012
- “Family Law in Vermont: Constructive Conversations ? Addressing Expectations, Efficiency, Advocacy, Civility and Professionalism in Vermont Family Courts” (co-organizer/co-moderator), Continuing Legal Education sponsored by the Vermont Association for Justice, June 2011