Welcome to our Guide to Professionals. Here you will find a network of professional services to help you through your divorce.
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Beth established her current law practice in Newtonville, MA in 2001. While her career is focused in law, her social work and psychology background have informed her connection with clients, child-focused family law work, and ability to finesse complex family dynamics.
Beth’s background and experience have provided insight in shaping creative and thoughtful estate plans and parenting plans. Beth’s estate planning practice also includes work with small or family-owned businesses, step-families, and same-sex families to create sound plans of business succession and estate tax planning. Her probate work includes representing clients through every step of the probate process, from initial appointment as Personal Representative to estate closure.
Beth strives to assist clients in family law and probate matters in achieving out-of-court resolutions, in order to help clients avoid prolonged, expensive, and contentious litigation. Beth is an MCFM Certified Mediator, mediating divorces, parenting plans, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, multigenerational/elder issues, and probate & estate matters. Beth also represents individuals in mediation, conciliation, or arbitration with another neutral, and is a Collaborative Law attorney for divorce and probate matters. Beth’s family law practice also includes adoption, birth family search, guardianships of minors and adults, and appointments as a Guardian ad Litem investigator.
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.
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 topics you need to discuss in order to navigate the divorce process.
- Consider and discuss your goals, needs, interests and options, and the best interests of your children.
- Have productive conversations to:
- Divide assets and liabilities,
- Build a durable parenting plan,
- Consider spousal and/or child support,
- Identify how to maintain health insurance, and
- Discuss tax topics related to your divorce.
At the end of the process, we prepare a clear and comprehensive document reflecting the decisions you and your spouse have reached.
Our mediators focus on ensuring that you both are each heard and understood. We 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.
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.
Halee Burg is a regular presenter at the Divorce Center’s “Divorce Matters for You” workshops; she was a practicing attorney before choosing to focus solely on 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.
Mediation sessions are available in Norwood, Natick, and Marlboro.
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 represents individuals in the courts of Greater Boston, frequently in challenging, high-conflict divorce and family law cases, most of which ultimately lead to negotiated settlements. His practice offers a wide range of options, including collaborative divorce representation, family law representation for interest-based settlement negotiations outside of court, court representation through the “limited assistance representation” program, full representation in family court litigation through trial, and post-trial representation in the trial courts and appellate advocacy in the higher courts. He also handles domestic violence cases, including restraining order cases and related criminal cases.
Steven volunteers his services in court-connected mediation and conciliation, and as Lawyer for the Day in the family courts of Greater Boston. He has been quoted in recent years on divorce law issues in the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, and other media. His professional affiliations include: the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Association for Conflict Resolution, and has presented workshops on issues including shared parenting, child support, mediation and conciliation, at regional and national conferences.
At The Divorce Center, Steven is a regular attorney faculty member for “Divorce Matters for You” workshops, serves on the Board of Directors, and currently serves as Treasurer.
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 ® 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.
Consultation in preparation for depositions; analysis of spousal employment ability and earning capacity (for the unemployed and underemployed): labor market research; testifying at trial.
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.
Ed Buckner brings a wealth of experience and insight as a mediator to the field of divorce and business mediation. As the principal of Mass Mediation Associates, Ed is in a unique position to
guide a wide range of individuals and organizations through the alternative dispute resolution processes and help them achieve solutions to their disputes. He believes that successful mediation begins with treating people respectfully, intently listening to the parties and helping people explore opportunities to create a resolution they can live with. By employing this philosophy, Ed has earned the respect of clients and other mediators alike.
Chris Chen supports families in conflict and their mediators and lawyers with expert advice as a financial neutral, an adviser for one the parties, or as a co-mediator.
People who have gone through divorce often find that a better understanding of their financial context may have helped them plan and negotiate outcomes that may have fitted their interests and situations better.
Chris helps families and individuals:
– think financially, not emotionally
– understand the financial impact of settlement possibilities
– craft creative proposals that are fair to both parties
Chris helps mediators:
– by enabling the parties to provide Informed Consent
– with support for the less knowledgeable or powerful spouse
– explore the impact of taxes on scenarios
Chris helps all parties involved with subject matter expertise on
– retirement plan evaluation
– executive compensation issues
– planning for difficult issues such as college financial aid planning
Chris is a CFP practitioner, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, a collaborative law financial neutral, and a trained Mediator.
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.
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.
As an Adult Child of Divorce, Jody has a long-time experience with divorce. As a Divorce and Family Mediator, her knowledge and training help clients facilitate the necessary conversations to navigate their divorce. Taking a child-centered approach when working with parents. Jodi understands the stress the separation process can bring to your family and can help you reach a compromise. She is a trained Mediator and also a Collaborative Coach.
Jody has been involved in the Boston community for over 25 years and also mediates LGBTQ divorces, domestic partnership separations, in-law disputes, child support, and parenting plans. In addition to her private practice, she is a mediator with MWI (Mediation Works, Inc) in Boston and Divorceify, 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. She is a mentor for volunteer mediators in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court and a frequent guest mediator during mediation
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, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Lynn K. Cooper, Ed.D., A.B.P.P. is a licensed and Board Certified clinical psychologist and a divorce mediator certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), with an office in Newton MA. She is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors of the MCFM, and was honored to receive the 2016 John Fiske Award for Excellence in Mediation. She loves doing this work!
Barbara C. Attardo CFP®, AEP®, CDFA™, Partner / Divorce Financial Analyst
Barbara is a Partner at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting with over 25 years of experience servicing the financial needs of her clients. Barbara compassionately assists individuals and couples to successfully navigate the financial challenges of divorce.
As a key member of the team working with the client and their attorney or mediator, Barbara focuses on the specific goals of the client, setting realistic expectations and their short and long term financial security for the best possible outcome. Barbara commits the time necessary to educate the client to make sure they understand all areas of their financial life and to illustrate the long term consequences of their options, both pre-tax and post-tax. Barbara works hard to take the fear and confusion out of the process by leveling the playing field and empowering the client with knowledge and understanding so they are able to make the best possible decisions for the overall well-being of themselves and their family.
Barbara earned a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Boston College where she graduated summa cum laude. Barbara received a Financial Planning Certification from Boston University and holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, as well as the Accredited Estate Planner® designation and the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® certification.
Darlene Dahl, CPA/PFS, AEP®, CDFA™, Managing Director / Divorce Financial Analyst**
Darlene has provided divorce consulting services to clients and their attorneys for over a decade and has completed mediation training .
As a CPA with accounting, tax, and financial planning experience spanning more than 20 years and as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Darlene is adept in helping individuals and couples contemplating or going through divorce realize that they have difficult financial decisions to make rather than battles to be fought. By helping her clients understand the long-term financial and tax implications of their settlement options, they gain the confidence to make timely and informed decisions based on their shared values and goals instead of emotion. Darlene provides her clients with peace of mind by illustrating what their financial life will look like after divorce.
In addition to helping clients implement their settlement agreements and successfully transition into their new financial life through post-divorce financial planning and investment advisory services, Darlene serves wealthy, multi-generational families in Daintree’s Family Office group.
Lauren N. Desforge CFP®, CPA/PFS, AEP®, CDFA™, Managing Director / Divorce Financial Analyst
Lauren Desforge is a Managing Director at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting. For over 25 years, Lauren has been providing individuals and families with comprehensive planning and investment advice.
Lauren is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ who assists individuals and couples with the financial aspects of divorce to maximize their financial resources and enhance their financial well-being. She helps clients understand their current financial picture and provides insight into the pros and cons of different settlement proposals so they can choose the best settlement options for them and their family. Through education and working together with the client and their attorney or mediator, Lauren helps clients set realistic expectations, make informed decisions, and gain peace of mind.
As an experienced CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a CPA, Lauren helps post-divorce clients transition to their new financial lives with financial planning, investment management, and tax planning services offered through Daintree Advisors LLC, an independent, fee-only Registered Investment Advisory firm.
Mary M. Shahian MBA, M.Ed, ChFC, CFP®, CDFA™, Partner / Divorce Financial Analyst
Mary is a Partner at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting. She has extensive experience working with women in transition and over 20 years of experience in providing comprehensive investment management and financial planning services.
As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ™, Mary works with clients, attorneys, and mediators to understand financial issues and strategize creative financial options that maximize resources and enhance family financial well-being. As a result of her background in education, Mary particularly enjoys educating clients and giving them the confidence to make good financial decisions both during the divorce process and as they plan for their new financial future.
Mary was recently honored by being named a Five Star Wealth Manager by Boston Magazine.
Daintree Advisors is a fee-only Registered Investment Advisory firm.
Over the past 25 years in my work as a Psychologist and Career Counselor/Coach in private practice and at Harvard Business School, I have had the privilege of working with individuals, couples and families as they face the challenges of navigating their way to more fulfilling personal and professional lives. Divorce is certainly an experience which can create serious challenges in both personal and professional domains. While it may be hard to see this while trying to survive the “storm”, divorce (like many life crises) can also be a catalyst to pursue greater happiness in one’s life (i.e., “never let a crisis go to waste”). I would be happy to speak with you to see if I may be of help with your unique concerns.
Deana joined The Parquette Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor in 2011. As a Financial Advisor, Deana facilitates the acquisition of new business in addition to managing existing client accounts. In 2015, she became a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® who focuses on in the financial issues surrounding divorce. It is her duty as a CDFA to be a financial advocate for her clients. With educating, explanation, compassion and patience, Deana strives to provide clients with enough confidence to be financially independent as they transition into their new financial life.
As an advisor working with a Family Wealth Director, customizing a unique and fluid plan for a financial life for you and your family is her ultimate goal. She helps clients reach their goals through asset protection strategies and creating an investment process using product knowledge, experience and collaboration. Building trust and confidence with her clients are paramount in her advising process and in assisting with all aspects of your financial life. Her desire to help others and build connections shows her compassion and empathy towards people and their unique situations. Her ultimate wish is for her clients to feel secure, dignified, reassured—and most of all have built trust.
Attorney DiLibero is an experienced Massachusetts probate and family law attorney concentrating his law practice on resolving family related disputes involving wills, estates, divorce, separation, child custody, spousal support, and many other probate and family related matters through litigation, mediation, or collaborative law. With law offices in Boston and Dedham, Attorney DiLibero’s Massachusetts family law practice areas include: Probate, Family Law Divorce, Litigation, Mediation and Collaborative Law.