Ellen Werfel Martineau, Esq., represents clients in all aspects of marital and family law including:
Family law matters are often highly contentious and emotionally charged. The stress of change can significantly impact a person’s ability to make critical decisions that will affect them and their children far into the future. Divorce can be a dark and difficult time. Ellen is a strong and intelligent advocate and a patient and honest counselor. She remains focused on guiding clients through the intricacies and realities of the legal system and divorce process to promote financial independence, healthy familial relationships and happiness going forward.
Divorce does not have to be destructive. It can lead to growth, change, and positive personal development. Mediation and Collaborative Divorce provide a means for parties to approach divorce in a non-adversarial way. Ellen is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution. She works with her clients to resolve painful issues by keeping focused on practical ways to gain and maintain financial and emotional independence for her clients. Ellen uses her broad knowledge to help clients navigate through the divorce process with as little destruction as possible.
“When I met Ellen on the morning of my court date, we spoke about my life with F and the history of my case. She listened with complete attention and sympathy. Although she had only been assigned this matter the day before, by the time she met with the judge I had complete confidence that she was fully prepared and capable of handling anything that lay ahead. After that conference, she told me that my nightmare would be over by the day’s end and I believed her. What followed were many long hours of negotiations with J who was downright offensive and inappropriate at times. Ellen handled this with great self-control and professionalism. She also faced the many challenges of the day with an unlimited amount of energy and conviction. The end result was a signed stipulation by 5pm. Ellen worked exceptionally hard to make the day the success it was.”