Guide to Professionals

Welcome to our Guide to Professionals. Here you will find a network of professional services to help you through your divorce.

There are two ways to search – by category or by keyword. Category will give you all resources in that area of expertise. Keywords will return all professionals that match. For example, if your keyword is Brookline, it will return all professionals in Brookline, MA.

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Anthony C. Adamopoulos Esq. **

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Anthony C. Adamopoulos’ Divorce Resolution Services Address 133 Washington Street Salem MA 01970 Counties Served: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk & Suffolk Phone: (978) 744-9591 Website:

Anthony believes divorce can be overwhelming and not a time to be alone. He is a skilled, experienced divorce mediator, divorce arbitrator and collaborative lawyer who concentrates in divorce resolution. He will help you select the correct divorce approach to secure a positive future.

Anthony has resolved divorce disputes for over 25 years. During those more than 25 years, he has had successful experience in Adversarial/Traditional Divorce, Collaborative Divorce, Divorce mediation, Divorce Arbitration and Limited Assistance Representation.

Agreement Resources LLC **

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Contact: Crystal Thorpe Address 30 Walpole Street Norwood MA 02062 Counties Served: Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex, Plymouth and Suffolk Phone: (617) 621-7009 Website:

Mediating a divorce settlement helps prevent the potentially damaging impact of an adversarial divorce.

At Agreement Resources, LLC, our divorce mediators help you to:

  • Identify the decisions you need to make in order to navigate the divorce process.
  • Have productive conversations to:
  1. Divide assets and liabilities,
  2. Build a durable parenting plan,
  3. Consider spousal and/or child support,
  4. Identify how to maintain health insurance, and
  5. Discuss tax topics related to your divorce.
  • Consider and discuss your interests and options, and the best interests of your children.
  • Document your decisions at the conclusion of the process.

Our mediators focus on ensuring that you are each heard and understood. They help you both gain clarity on what is important to you, so that together you can craft your own workable solutions, custom-made and informed by Massachusetts guidelines.

Agreement Resources, LLC has been providing divorce mediation services since 2003 (offering both solo and co-mediation) and is approved to receive referrals from the Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk Divisions of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Department.

Our Team:
Each of our panel members provides divorce, post-divorce, and marital mediation, as well as mediation for never-married parents. Each also provides elder (adult family) mediation through Elder Decisions® – a division of Agreement Resources, LLC. All of our panel members have written extensively about conflict resolution and mediation. Please see details and full bios on our website. In addition:

Crystal Thorpe, co-founder and principal, serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation.

Arline Kardasis, co-founder, has served on the Board of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (NEACR) and in leadership roles with ACR (International).

Rikk Larsen, co-founder of Elder Decisions®, is a former Family and Probate Court case coordinator for for the Harvard Mediation Program.

Halee Burg, the most recent addition to our team, brings several years of professional experience mediating divorce, marital, and adult family cases, and actively mediates on several community mediation panels.

Mediation sessions are available in Norwood and several Metrowest locations.

Auburndale Center for Divorce **

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address Riverside Center 275 Grove Street Building Two, Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Counties served: All Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Website:

Karl Topor, Esq. devotes the majority of his legal practice to Family and Matrimonial Law.   He handles contested and uncontested cases.  He does both litigation and mediation.  He has acquired special advanced training in mediation and in Family Law.  He has lectured on Family Law issues both on a local, state and national level.

Karl has been certified as a mediator of Family Law disputes in Massachusetts. He assists divorcing spouses as a mediator to settle their contested issues and disputes. He is also a certified Guardian ad Litem having been routinely involved in numerous contested cases requiring the need for a Guardian ad Litem’sinvestigation.

Karl also serves as a Parenting Coordinator in Massachusetts offering services in setting visitation schedules and helping facilitate other parenting issues for families.

Currently, Karl is in his third term as Co-President of The Divorce Center.  He has practiced law since 1999.  In addition to his Auburndale (Newton) office, he maintains a presence in the Framingham and Boston areas as well.

Steven Ballard Esq. **

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Law Offices of Steven Ballard Address 354 Washington Street, Suite 323 Wellesley MA 02481 Counties Served: Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties Phone: (781) 591-2750 Website:

I provide legal representation to individuals in divorce and family law proceedings throughout Massachusetts. I am an experienced litigator specializing in divorce and family law, and an especially successful trial lawyer in child custody and other high-conflict cases. As an attorney, I work very hard to achieve the best outcomes for my clients by strategic planning, skilled negotiations, and when necessary, aggressive court representation at hearings and at trial. I have met the qualifications and training requirements under Rule 8 of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Rule 1:18 (Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution), both for mediation and for court-connected conciliation, and have recently received further training in various types of mediation, and in collaborative law, and am participating in mediation of disputes in district courts through MWI. I have frequently served as Lawyer for the Day in the Middlesex County, Norfolk County, and Worcester County Divisions of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, and as court-connected conciliator in the Suffolk County Division of the Probate and Family Court.

Shannon Murphy Barnes Esq. **

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Barnes and Leighton Address 265 Essex St. Suite 202 Salem MA 01970 County Served: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk Phone: (978) 744-5444 Fax: (978) 744-5443 Website:

Attorney Barnes has concentrated her practice on family law matters for nearly two decades. Attorney Barnes is dedicated to guiding her clients through difficult times and assisting them in resolving their family law matters through the use of mediation, collaborative law or negotiation in a litigated matter. In the event your case cannot be resolved, Attorney Barnes will guide you through the court process and provide zealous representation. Attorney Barnes is an experienced mediator and collaborative practitioner. She frequently serves as a Guardian ad Litem and conciliator in the Probate and Family Court.

Leigh Bivings Ph.D., CFP®, CDFA™ **

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Certified Financial Planner, CEO Artemis Financial Advisors Address 54 Chandler Street Boston MA 02116 County: Suffolk Phone: (617) 542-2420 Fax: (617) 542-0011

Leigh Bivings, Ph.D., CFP ® is the founder of Artemis Financial Advisors and is a Certified Divorce Financial Advisor (CDFA), trained specifically in the financial issues of divorce. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of divorce with her knowledge of investments, financial planning, and Massachusetts divorce laws.

Leigh focuses her work on supporting clients and their attorneys to fully analyze the short- and long-term financial implications of divorce settlement proposals, and provide solutions to complicated settlement issues such as stock options and valuing closely-held businesses. Post-divorce, she helps clients transition successfully to an independent life by assisting with long-term financial planning, general financial education, and investment management.

Leigh has a Ph.D. in applied economics from Stanford University, an M.A. in International Trade and Finance from the University of Sussex, and an A.B. in International Relations from Pomona College. She has received a variety of awards, most notably the AAEA National Prize for Most Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in 1993.

Leigh is very active in the community and currently serves on the Board of YWCA Boston and is also active in the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She is a member of the Boston Economic Club, Boston Estate Planning Council, Financial Planning Association, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and the Association of Divorce Financial Planners.

Paul R. Blatchford

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Vocational Consultant Vocational Consulting and Evaluation Address 85 Audubon Drive Chestnut Hill MA 02467 Phone: (617) 244-5642 Fax: (617) 244-8113 Website:

Consultation in preparation for depositions; analysis of spousal employment ability and earning capacity (for the unemployed and underemployed): labor market research; testifying at trial.

Deborah Lynn Bodnar **

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Loan Officer, NMLS#374289 Mortgage Network Address 239 Littleton Road #8 Westford MA 01886 Counties served: MA & NH Phone: (978) 399-1328 Website:

Deb, who is licensed in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, started in the mortgage business in 1980 and in addition to her current role as Loan Officer, has been a Real Estate Appraiser and a Vice President of Loan Servicing. This means Deb understands all aspects of the loan transaction in order to answer her clients’ questions, and provide a smooth process from application to closing.

Deb is collaboratively trained and is able to offer her clients a wide variety of loan products to meet their individual needs. Whether she is working with a borrower who is having to understand the loan process for the first time, and/or someone who wants to understand their options about being qualified to refinance, she listens to her clients and helps provide them the best options available for their individual situation.

Kelley Bothe LICSW, CGP **

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Licensed Independent Social Worker The Psychotherapy Collaborative Address 592A Washington Street Wellesley MA 02482 County: Norfolk Phone: (781) 239-3365 Website:

Kelley Bothe is a psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples in Wellesley and Concord MA. She has led “Endings and New Beginnings”, divorce support groups, for men and women for the past 15 years in her Wellesley office. Her groups meet weekly and are open-ended. In addition to her Wednesday evening group Kelley will start a new daytime group in October 2015 which will take place in Wellesley on Wednesdays at 2 PM.

Please see Kelley’s web site,, for more information about her practice and her groups. You can also contact her at (781) 239-3365 and talk directly with her about individual therapy or a divorce support group.

Sheri Bouchie CDFA™

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Certified Divorce Financial Advisor Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Address 28 State Street Boston MA 02109 Phone: (617) 217-9273 Fax: (617) 217-0698 Website:

Judith Farris Bowman Esq.

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Judith Farris Bowman, Attorney at Law Address 62 Buckingham Street Cambridge MA 02138 Counties served: Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk Phone: (617) 877-9188 Fax: (617) 661-5809 (call first) Website:

Judith Bowman has specialized in family law for the past 25 years. She now limits her practice to Guardian ad Litem appointments, parenting coordination, and mediation.

Karen M. Buckley Esq. **

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Of Counsel to Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee, LLP Address 246 Walnut Street Suite 201 Newton MA 02460 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Essex Phone: (617) 964-7000 Fax: (617) 964-4025 Website: Website:

Attorney Karen Buckley provides a wide range of representation in all aspects of family law including divorce, support, custody, modification, contempt, paternity, prenuptial agreements and restraining orders. She brings over twenty years of experience to every case and utilizes insight, knowledge of the law, creativity and compassion to find solutions that meet her clients’ needs.

Attorney Buckley represents clients from Springfield to Salem, Boston to Barnstable and all communities in between. Trained in collaborative law as well as traditional litigation, Attorney Buckley represents clients both in court and outside the court to help them find resolution to the family law needs.

Edward L. Buckner **

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President/Mediator Mass Mediation Associates Address 275 Grove Street Suite 2-400 Newton MA 02466 Phone: (781) 330-0292 Fax: (781) 899-1210 Website:

Mass Mediation Associates can help resolve your dispute. You can avoid court completely, terminate existing lengthy litigation, cut costs, get better and longer-lasting results, keep your matter confidential, move forward productively with your personal life or your business, and preserve your relationships.

Erin Charron Esq. **

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Charron and Flaws, LLC Address 5 Campbell Street Woburn MA 01801 Counties Served: Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Worcester Phone: (781) 281-0901 Fax: (781) 207-6119 Website:

Attorney Erin Charron is a founding member of Charron and Flaws, LLC and has been practicing family law for over a decade.  In addition to representing clients in a variety of domestic relations issues, Ms. Charron is a certified court appointed conciliator through the Essex County Bar Association.   Ms. Charron  is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and a cum laude graduate of New England Law | Boston (formerly New England School of Law) (2004), where she was awarded the New  England Scholar served as an executive case & note editor of the New England Law Review.

Attorney Charron is dedicated to helping people overcome challenging legal problems in the areas of family law and divorce. With over a decade of experience, she works diligently to protect client’s interests at all stages of the legal process. The family law practice at Charron and Flaws, LLC concentrates on cases in the Middlesex County Probate and Family Court, as well as the Probate and Family Courts of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. Attorney Charron represents individuals in all aspects of family law cases including divorce, same-sex divorce, alimony, division of marital assets, modifications of existing judgments, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and all issues pertaining to the care and custody of children, including child support, custody and parenting time.

Attorney Charron is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Essex Bar Association, the Salem Bar Association and the Middlesex Bar Association.

Chris Chen CFP®, CDFA™ **

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Wealth Strategist Insight Financial Strategists LLC Address 271 Waverley Oaks Road Suite 102 Waltham MA 02452 Counties served: Middlesex, Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk Phone: (781) 489-3994 Website:

Chris Chen, CFP® is a wealth strategist at Insight Financial Strategists LLC. As a CFP® professional he specializes in navigating clients through challenging life transitions such as divorce and retirement. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, Chris works with mediators, lawyers, and their clients in mediation, collaborative or litigation situations, for individual clients or as neutral for both parties.

He helps his clients and their lawyers simplify the complexity of their financial situation, develop a strategy to obtain the best settlement for their goals, and serve as their personal CFO to handle all their transition and financial issues after divorce.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and his MBA in Finance. He is a CFP® practitioner, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™. He is the Director of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

Gabriel Cheong Esq.**

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Infinity Law Group Address One Adams Place 859 Willard St #400 Quincy MA 02169 Counties served: Suffolk, Norfolk Phone: (617) 250-8236 Website:

Experienced and caring divorce and family law attorney and mediator with offices in Boston, Needham, and Quincy. Contact Infinity Law Group for a free phone consultation today.

Karen A. Christensen Esq. **

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Law Offices of Karen A. Christensen, P.C. Address 1372 Hancock Street Suite 305 Quincy MA 02169 Phone: (617) 847-4878 Fax: (617) 770-2124 Website: Law Offices of Karen A. Christensen, P.C.

Attorney Christensen has concentrated in the areas of family law and personal injury for 25 years and is a trained collaborative attorney. She has provided representation in both amicable and highly contested cases. In the area of family law she provides the personal attention necessary to resolve the many issues that may arise in the areas of divorce, paternity, custody, child support, alimony, modification of agreements, contempts and non-compliance of court orders. When litigation is necessary, Attorney Christensen will be a strong, aggressive advocate for your needs. Every effort is made to resolve each case as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Edward A. Colozzi Ed.D**

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Career Development and Counseling Services Address 175 Washington Street Suite C 12 Winchester MA 01890 County Served: Middlesex Phone: (781) 721-1200 Fax: Call office first Website: Creating Careers with Confidence

Complimentary initial phone consultation – provides career/life exploration and planning counseling and coaching including assisting clients to effectively manage the inevitable challenges that accompany major life transitions such as relationship issues, separation, divorce, and starting over. This includes stress management, relationship counseling, balancing work and family roles, vocational assessment, personality/work environment matching, decision making strategies, and self-confidence issues. Individual and group services; State licensed and nationally certified counselor with over 30 years experience including multicultural clients/settings; extensive experience with people in transition including divorce, and training of counselors nationally/internationally. Author of “Creating Careers With Confidence,” and numerous articles/book chapters on career development topics and discovering calling(s), values clarification, and the role of spirituality and wellness. NCDA Fellow, Master Career Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Jody Comins **

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Divorce and Family Mediator A Better Way: Divorce Mediation Address c/o 6 Barry Drive Framingham MA 01702 Counties served: Middlesex, Worcester Phone: (617) 658-3586 Website:

As a Divorce Mediator and a Social Worker, Jody has a wealth of experience and background to help clients facilitate the necessary conversations to navigate their divorce. She has received extensive training in divorce mediation and understands the stresses the separation process can bring to your family. She has the ability to help you listen and hear each other in order to come to a compromise.

In addition to her private practice, Jody is a mediator with MWI (Mediation Works, Inc in Boston) and Divorceify. Jody is a court approved facilitator for the Parent Education courses and currently teaches for The Divorce Center and MWI . She is the creator of “Honor Thy Children, Jewish Parenting through a Divorce Lens”, a 4-part workshop that she will begin teaching in late 2016 in Newton, MA. Jody is a mentor for volunteer mediators in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court and is a frequent guest mediator during mediation trainings.

Jody completed her Masters in Social Work at Boston University in 1997. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Divorce Center, Divorceify, Kids First Parents Second, and the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediators. Jody has been involved in the Boston community for over 26 years and can also facilitate LGBTQ divorces.

Lynn K. Cooper Ed.D., A.B.P.P. **

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Psychologist, Family Mediator, Collaborative Law Divorce Coach Address 262 Kenrick Street Newton MA 02458 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk Phone: (617) 527-3152 Fax: (617) 332-6442 Website:

Lynn K. Cooper, Ed.D., A.B.P.P., is a licensed and Board-Certified clinical psychologist, a divorce mediator certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and a collaborative coach, with an office in Newton, MA. She is a past president, Certification Committee chairperson and current member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and she is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

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