Attorney Simonds concentrates her practice in all areas of divorce and Family Law. She is both a litigator and mediator. Attorney Simonds is also a certified Parenting Coordinator under Standing Order 1-17, as well as a Category F Guardian ad Litem.
Attorney Simonds was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2008, but has experience working in the legal profession since the mid-1990’s, much of which has been in the area of Family Law. Attorney Simonds is currently an attorney with Amaral & Associates, P.C with offices in Boston and Winthrop.
Attorney Simonds’s professional experience prior to joining Amaral & Associates, P.C. enhances her representation of her clients. Immediately prior to joining Amaral & Associates, P.C., Attorney Simonds was working at the Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division, pursuant to a federal grant and pilot program seeking to streamline the child support modification process. Attorney Simonds was only one of three attorneys hired statewide by the Department of Revenue and the Probate and Family Court to oversee this grant and pilot program. Ultimately, the Probate and Family Court approved this pilot program to be instituted statewide pursuant to Standing Order 3-11.
In addition to Attorney Simonds’s experience at the Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division, Attorney Simonds also served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Peter P. Charnetsky of the Broome County Family Court and the Integrated Domestic Violence Session of the New York State Supreme Court. Through Attorney Simonds’s judicial internship, she was able to obtain the rare insight into a family court’s judge’s thought process in the handling of family court cases and assist Judge Charnetsky in drafting his orders and decisions.
Attorney Simonds in currently active in many professional organization relating to divorce and family law, including MAGAL (where she currently serves on the Board of Directors); Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court; American Bar Association (including Section of Family Law); American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. Attorney Simonds is also on the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers.
Newton, MA 02461
Degrees and Experience
• New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
• J.D. – 2007
• Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
• B.A. cum laude – 2003
• Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
• Honors: Chancellor’s Scholar
• Honors: National Society of Collegiate Scholars
• Honors: Golden Key International Honors Society
• Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honors Society)
• Major: Political Science
• Major: Philosophy
• MAGAL, member of Board of Directors
• Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
• North Shore Women Lawyers Association, former member of Board of Directors
• Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, member of Board of Directors
• Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court
• Essex County Bar Association
• American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
• American Bar Association (including Section of Family Law)
Attorney Simonds concentrates her practice in all areas of the Metro Boston area. She has offices in Winthrop and Boston, and regularly practices before the Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, and Norfolk Divisions of the Probate and Family Court.
Attorney Simonds charges a flat fee for mediation of $999 per spouse/parent. Attorney Simonds charges an hourly rate for parenting coordination. Please contact Attorney Simonds for more details regarding parenting coordination.