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I am the daughter of immigrant, working-class parents. My three sisters and I were raised Catholic but went to public schools. I started my higher education at a community college and then transferred to Harvard University. I went on to get my law degree at Northwestern University. I then served in the United States Peace Corps as an English teacher.
My Catholic upbringing instilled a sense of social justice in me, so after toiling away at corporate law firms for a few years to pay off my student loan debt, I took a fifty-four percent pay cut and started to work at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County as a Family Court attorney.
I am now the Family Court Supervising Attorney at Legal Aid. I have been a full-time Family Court attorney practicing exclusively in Orange County Family Court for the past twenty years. I have represented approximately 5000 clients and each of them has come to Family Court with a difficult, emotional problem. I have guided all of my clients to a resolution of their particular problem, either by negotiating a settlement or by fighting for them at trial.
My years at Legal Aid have given me the opportunity to do meaningful work while raising my two kids. I have coached their Odyssey of the Mind teams and cheered at their Little League games. I've driven hundreds of carpool miles and packed thousands of lunches. For the past eight years, I have done it all as a single mom. So when I say that I can empathize with the families who come to Family Court, I really mean it.
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Family Court judges make life-altering decisions. A Family Court judge can determine where a child lives and when a parent can be with a child, whether an order of protection is issued, whether a child goes into foster care, and whether a parent is incarcerated for not paying child support. Such decisions can alter the trajectory of people’s lives. It is crucial that the people of Orange County vote for the person they can trust the most to make such important decisions.
Maria Patrizio has guided thousands of clients through the Family Court process over the past twenty years. She has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with each one of them as the fate of their children and their family was decided. She has provided tissues to parents as they signed surrenders of their parental rights. She has witnessed the joy of parents reuniting with their children after lengthy separations. She has watched her clients get handcuffed and led off to jail when they didn’t pay child support. In countless instances, Maria has used her formidable legal and practical skills to overcome impasses and negotiate settlements that all parties ultimately feel good about. After her many years in Family Court, Maria has developed both the legal expertise and the empathy needed to make the best decisions for families in difficult situations.
When your family is in crisis, you hope that the person on the bench is competent enough to make the right decisions for you and your family. Maria is an expert in family law with over 20 years of experience. You may not ever expect to go before a Family Court judge, but if you do, Maria would be the best person to hear your case.
Maria is committed to excellence. She expects punctuality, preparation, and politeness in Family Court. Those qualities are lacking in certain Orange County courtrooms, and Maria is determined to increase both efficiency and civility in Family Court.
Anyone you ask would tell you that Maria is kind and compassionate. Her calm demeanor and ability to relate to working families make her the perfect person to guide people through their difficult times.
After giving advice to clients for years, Maria decided to write it all down in a book entitled Successfully Navigating Family Court in New York, so that the people in our community would have a resource to turn to if and when they need to go to Family Court.
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