Civil Litigation  

  • Contract Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Protection
  • Landlord/Tenant   

Our court system exists so that people can seek redress when they have been wronged.  If you feel you may have a case, or if you have been sued, Attorney Kirchwey can meet with you, advise you of the strengths and weaknesses of the case, discuss your options, and represent you through what could otherwise be an intimidating and frustrating process.  

Social Security Disability

Attorney Kirchwey has been helping people obtain social security disability (SSDI) and supplemental security income (SSI) for over five years.  Whether you are about to apply, or have received your initial or reconsideration denial, having an attorney who understands how your case will be evaluated and who can best present the particular facts and circumstances of your case can mean the difference between a fully favorable decision and a denial.    

Law Office of Deborah W. Kirchwey

Family Law                                        

  • Divorce
  • Parentage
  • DCF 

Attorney Kirchwey will help with parental rights and responsibilities (custody), parent-child contact (visitation), spousal maintenance (alimony), property division issues, modifications, enforcements and DCF involvement.  These issues can be addressed in Court, in mediation (see below), or using Collaborative Law (see Collaborative Law page).


Attorney Kirchwey has handled over 100 appeals in the Massachusetts and Vermont appellate courts.  She will provide you with an evaluation of the merits of an appeal and, if you decide to proceed, she will give your case the in-depth legal analysis and attention to factual detail that are crucial to appellate representation.


Mediation, one form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a voluntary, confidential process in which a neutral mediator helps the parties reach a mutually acceptable resolution to their conflict.  Mediation can be a productive approach in many types of disputes.  ADR is required by some courts in certain types of cases.  The benefits of mediation over litigation include financial savings; the ability to craft an agreement that all parties find fair and reasonable, rather than having a judge or jury decide the outcome; and confidentiality.  Private matters can stay private.