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Laura Burrows Haviland

Burrows Haviland Law

Laura Burrows Haviland is a co-founding member of Annapolis-based Burrows Haviland Law.

A University of Baltimore School of Law graduate, she is a successful trial attorney taking on high-conflict divorce cases and custody matters. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Burrows Haviland saw the need for parenting coordination not just with families, but other family law professionals and the judiciary.

Burrows Haviland is a privately and court-appointed parenting coordinator as well as a court-appointed child’s attorney.  With a passion for advocating for children, she is a board member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Maryland Chapter.

What’s the most important thing you do in your job?

Support parents and families, as a parenting coordinator, mediator and child’s attorney in tailoring creative resolutions to reduce the conflict experienced by children of separation and divorce.

What is one aspect of your profession you would like to change?

Litigation is often traumatic for parents, and families and with delays in courts during the pandemic, it has gotten much worse. Even when a litigant “wins” in family law, they have lost any ability to co-parent and the child has suffered trauma as a result of litigation. I would like parenting coordination to be required for every family in active custody litigation pending trial, in order to reduce adverse childhood experiences and to better support families.

If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?

I would have a candle shop and possibly run a bed and breakfast.