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 Phone: (978) 744-9591 Website: DivorcingOptions.com
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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 Phone: (617) 621-7009 Website: agreementresources.com
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Mediating a divorce settlement helps protect couples from the destructive effects of an adversarial divorce. For couples with children, mediation helps them separate their spousal role, which is ending, from their parenting role, which is continuing. Our divorce mediators help our clients to:

• Identify the decisions they need to make in order to navigate the divorce process.

• Consider and discuss their interests and options.

• Document their decisions.

Our Team:

Crystal Thorpe is a mediator, trainer, co-founder, and principal of Agreement Resources, LLC, specializing in divorce mediation, and its division Elder Decisions® – which provides conflict resolution services for eldercare professionals, seniors and their families. 

Arline Kardasis is a mediator, trainer, conflict coach and co-founder of Agreement Resources, LLC and Elder Decisions®. Her family mediation and conflict coaching practice includes divorce, post-divorce and marital mediation as well as elder mediation. 

Rikk Larsen is a co-founder of Elder Decisions® where he is a mediator, trainer and conflict coach.  At Agreement Resources, LLC, Rikk’s mediation and conflict coaching practice includes divorce, post-divorce, marital mediation, and life coaching.  He has created and presented conflict skills trainings to eldercare professionals from around New England.

Honorable John R. Maher (retired) - Judge Maher (retired) has an active mediation/arbitration practice, concentrating in the areas of trusts and estates, elder law, real estate, and business dissolutions. Judge Maher served as the Administrative Judge of the New Hampshire Probate Courts from 1990 until he retired in 2007.

Blair Trippe is a mediator, trainer, family business consultant, and co-founder of Agreement Resources, LLC where she mediates workplace and family disputes including eldercare and estates issues.  She is also a partner with Continuity Family Business Consulting.

Stephen M. Linsky is a mediator, arbitrator, and collaborative attorney who has provided dispute resolution services over the past twenty years in many hundreds of private, court and public agency connected matters in nearly all areas of civil practice, particularly in the areas of family and employment. 

Mediation sessions are available in:

Norwood at 30 Walpole Street (across from the Morrill Memorial Library),

Lexington at 175 Bedford Street, Suite 5, or in a location of your choosing.

 

Amaral & Associates, P.C.

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Contact: Edward Amaral, Esq. Address 63 Atlantic Avenue Boston MA 02110 Address 246 Revere Street Winthrop MA 02152 Phone: Winthrop - (617) 539-1010 Phone: Boston - (617) 742-2020 Fax: (617) 539-0505 Phone: Toll Free - (800) 290-1012 Website: www.amarallaw.com
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Amaral & Associates, P.C. is a small firm that concentrates in all aspects of divorce and family law, including, but not limited to: including divorce, divorce mediation, child custody and support, alimony, modification and contempt actions, paternity, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Amaral & Associates, P.C. has offices in Boston and Winthrop.

Attorney Edward L. Amaral, Jr. is the President of Amaral & Associates P.C. His practice primarily focuses on providing divorce, divorce mediation, probate, and estate planning services for his clients. For the last 23 years, he has negotiated, mediated and tried hundreds of cases on issues including divorce, divorce mediation, property, support, custody and parental rights, ante-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and complex financial matters in front of the Commonwealth Courts and has achieved extremely favorable results for his clients. Amaral has also authored over 100 articles and several eBooks on divorce, divorce mediation and the division of assets and liabilities.

Attorney Talia Simonds concentrates her practice in all aspects of Family Law and Divorce. Talia’s philosophy in representing clients is to provide aggressive representation for her clients in a caring and compassionate manner, knowing that issues pertaining to Family Law are often emotional and stressful for her clients. In addition to her experience in private practice, Talia has experience working for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division. While in law school, Attorney Simonds also clerked for the Honorable Peter P. Charnetsky of the Broome County Family Court and Integrated Domestic Violence Session of the New York State Supreme Court in Binghamton, New York.

Amaral & Associates, P.C.

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Contact: Edward Amaral, Esq. Address 246 Revere Street Winthrop MA 02152 Home 63 Atlantic Avenue Boston MA 02110 Phone: Winthrop - (617) 539-1010 Phone: Boston - (617) 742-2020 Phone: Toll Free - (800) 290-1012 Fax: (617) 539-0505 Website: www.amarallaw.com
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Amaral & Associates, P.C. is a small firm that concentrates in all aspects of divorce and family law, including, but not limited to: including divorce, divorce mediation, child custody and support, alimony, modification and contempt actions, paternity, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Amaral & Associates, P.C. has offices in Boston and Winthrop.

Attorney Edward L. Amaral, Jr. is a long time believer in integrating state of the art technology into the antiquated legal profession, especially divorce mediation. He is the President of Amaral & Associates P.C. and his practice primarily focuses on divorce mediation through a program that he developed that is quick, inexpensive and thorough. For the last 23 years, he has negotiated and mediated hundreds of cases on issues including divorce, divorce mediation, property, support, custody and parental rights, ante-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and complex financial matters. Amaral has also authored over 100 articles on divorce and divorce mediation, including his most recent eBook titled “Divorce Mediation.”

Auburndale Center for Divorce **

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address 275 Grove Street Building Two Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Website: www.newtondivorce.com
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Karl Topor 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. His services offer an alternative to a long drawn out battle in the court arena.

Aside from being a Divorce Mediator, in his lawyer role, he also does Collaborative Law and acts as a Conciliator in the Probate and Family Courts of Massachusetts. The majority of his legal practice emphasizes Family and Matrimonial Law. Karl is dedicated to solving problems and minimizing litigation by helping two parties in a divorce come to a mutual agreement. He emphasizes the importance of children in the process of divorce. 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 is also a certified Guardian ad Litem and a Parent Coordinator.

 

Auburndale Center for Divorce **

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address 275 Grove Street Building Two Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Website: www.newtondivorce.com
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Karl Topor has been certified as a Guardian ad Litem in Family Law disputes in Massachusetts. He has been actively involved in numerous contested custody cases requiring the need for a Guardian ad Litem’s investigation. Aside from being a Guardian ad Litem, as a Family Law attorney, he has dealt with a variety of custody issues and he is aware of the dynamics of the Probate and Family Court system. He has acquired special advanced training in Family Law and Guardian ad Litem issues and has lectured on Family Law issues both on a local, state and national level.

 

Auburndale Center for Divorce **

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address 275 Grove Street Building Two Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Website: www.newtondivorce.com
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As a Parenting Coordinator in Massachusetts for cases throughout Middlesex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties, Karl Topor focuses primarily on issues involving Family and Matrimonial Law. He offers services as a Parenting Coordinator in setting visitation schedules and other parenting plans for families. He has completed advanced parenting coordination training.

His background as a Family Law attorney is extremely helpful in understanding the dynamics of the Family Court system and in his role as a parenting coordinator. Karl is also a certified Guardian ad Litem.

Auburndale Center for Divorce **

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address 275 Grove Street Building Two Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Website: www.newtondivorce.com
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As a lawyer, Karl Topor practices Collaborative Law and acts as a Conciliator in the Probate and Family Courts of Massachusetts. The majority of his legal practice emphasizes Family and Matrimonial Law. Karl is dedicated to solving problems and minimizing litigation by helping two parties in a divorce come to a mutual agreement. He emphasizes the importance of children in the process of divorce. 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. His services offer an alternative to a long drawn out battle in the court arena. He is also a certified Guardian ad Litem as well as a Parent Coordinator.

 

Steven Ballard Esq. **

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Law Offices of Steven Ballard Address 354 Washington Street, Suite 323 Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 591-2750 Website: www.stevenballard.com
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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 70 Washington Street, #402 Salem MA 01970 Phone: (978) 744-5444 Fax: (978) 745-6209 Website: barnesleighton.com
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Attorney Shannon Murphy Barnes provides representation in divorce, custody, modification and contempt proceedings in the Probate and Family Court. Attorney Barnes is a trained mediator and provides mediation services for family law matters and elder and adult family matters. In addition, Attorney Barnes is trained in collaborative divorce.

Leigh Bivings Ph.D., CFP®, CDFA

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Certified Financial Planner Artemis Financial Advisors Address 54 Chandler Street Boston MA 02116 Phone: (617) 542-2420 Fax: (617) 542-0011
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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: http://www.paulblatchford.com
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Consultation in preparation for depositions; analysis of spousal employment ability and earning capacity (for the unemployed and underemployed): labor market research; testifying at trial.

Kelley Bothe LICSW, CGP

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The Psychotherapy Collaborative Address 592A Washington Street Wellesley MA 02482 Phone: (781) 239-3365 Website: psychotherapycollaborative.com
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Kelley Bothe is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a certified group psychotherapist with offices in Wellesley and Concord MA.  She works with adults in individual therapy and also runs divorce support groups for men and women.

As a psychotherapist in practice for the past 25 years, she has a great respect for the capacity of individuals to heal from deep emotional wounds and to make positive changes that enhance and enrich their lives.

Judith Farris Bowman Esq.

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Attorney at Law Bowman, Moos & Elder, LLP Address 222 Third Street Suite 3220 Cambridge MA 02142 Phone: (617) 494-8808 Fax: (617) 494-8960 Website: www.bmenlaw.com
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Judith Bowman has specialized in family law for the past 25 years. Her practice now focuses on mediation and parenting coordination as well as serving as a Guardian ad Litem in the Probate and Family Court.

Dianne Brand

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The Financial Advisors, LLC Address 15 Railroad Street Andover MA 01810 Address 127 Water Street Newburyport MA 01950 Phone: (978) 475-3242 Fax: (978) 475-3489 Website: www.the-financial-advisors.com
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The Financial Advisors, LLC was founded with the goal of helping our clients achieve financial independence through comprehensive financial planning and sound investment management. For over twenty years we have strived to earn our clients’ trust by competently assisting them in their financial lives. Our work with clients is based on building long-term relationships. After we design a plan that fits your unique situation, we provide continuous, regular support, making sure that you make steady progress toward your desired goals. Ultimately, what we do comes down to this: we help people make better financial decisions. The decisions made in the divorce process will be the critical first steps in charting your long term financial security. We will help you make the optimum decisions based on your individual family situation.

Our primary goals are to:

  • Learn about you and what is important to you by listening and asking good questions. Many clients have told us that this is the most revealing conversation they have ever had about financial visioning and goal-setting.
  • Provide objective feedback to you about your current situation and if appropriate, suggest alternatives that may be more suitable.
  • Develop a plan that will include our written analysis combined with recommended planning strategies and techniques that are designed to help you achieve your financial goals and objectives.
  • Consolidate and simplify your financial and investment affairs under one roof.
  • Implement and monitor your investment management, tax reduction strategies, insurance and estate planning while providing ongoing proactive advice and guidance.

Please visit our website or call us for further information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Investments are offered through registered representatives of Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation, Member SIPC to residents of AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA. Advisory services offered through advisory representatives of The Financial Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor to residents of MA. Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation and The Financial Advisors, LLC are not affiliated. Neither LFS nor The Financial Advisors, LLC provide tax advice. LFS-782486-121613

Karen M. Buckley Esq. **

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Of Counsel to Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee, LLP Address 246 Walnut Street Suite 201 Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-7000 Fax: (617) 964-4025 Website: www.attorneykarenmbuckley.com Website: www.rfl-law.com
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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: www.MassMediationAssociates.com
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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.

Thomas F. Carr M.A., LMFT, LMHC

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Thomas F. Carr & Associates, Inc. Home 9 Kinsman Place Natick MA 01760-2732 Phone: (508) 650-1811 Fax: (508) 650-3621 Website: www.thomascarrlmft.com
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Thomas F. Carr M.A., LMFT, LMHC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed mental health counselor who had been a forensic investigator and evaluator for more than twenty years. As a court investigator and Guardian ad Litem and Protection matters in the Juvenile and Probate Court and a Category E&F GAL in the Probate Court, Mr. Carr has been called upon to investigate/evaluate and provide supervised visitation for complex cases such as Munchausen by Proxy, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Mr. Carr has qualified as an expert witness in diverse areas including (but not limited to) ‘child abuse and neglect’, ‘child welfare’, ‘sexual abuse’, ‘home studies’, ‘safety planning’, ‘permanent planning’, and ‘provision of services to children and families’.

Mr. Carr is a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Counseling, Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners and Board Certified in professional counseling by the American Psychotherapy Association. He is author of “Visitation in Dependency Cases,” in “Access to Justice for Children; Children’s Law Manual Series,” National Association of Counsel for Children, Chapter 19 (2003), and 2001 recipient of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations’ Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Center for Mediation and Dispute Resolution

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Contact: Dr. Lynne Halem, Ph.D. Address 37 Walnut Street Suite 220 Wellesley Hills MA 02481-2107 Phone: (781) 239-1600 Fax: (781) 239-0404 Website: www.cmdronline.com
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The Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution (CDMR) is under the directorship of Lynne C. Halem, Ph.D., a recognized specialist in family policy and family law with a doctorate from Harvard University. Dr. Halem has worked exclusively as a family and business mediator since 1981. She is the author of two acclaimed books on divorce law and public policy: “Divorce Reform: Changing Legal and Social Perspectives,” a featured selection of the Lawyers’ Literary Club, and “Separated and Divorced Women.” Prior to entering the mediation field, Dr. Halem was a consultant working with businesses in the public and private sectors. She has served on the American Arbitration Association’s Family Dispute Service Panel, as a past president (two terms) of The Mass Council of Family Mediation, and former board member of the Divorce Center. Dr. Halem’s breadth of experience ensures both efficiency in the resolution process and innovative solutions to even the most complicated financial situations. Dr. Halem’s thirty plus years of experience, and meticulous foresight define her firm’s commitment to build a framework, and relevant agreements, that will stand the test of time, and guide the re-defined family through the complications of property and asset division, alimony, and child support to solid future family planning. CMDR’s agreements are widely praised by clients and professionals for clarity and attention to detail, for creating a thorough and thoughtful roadmap to guide you now and in the future. Since 1982, the Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution has been a leader in its field. Based in Wellesley, Massachusetts our clients come from Norfolk, Middlesex, Suffolk, Plymouth, Worcester, Essex, and Bristol counties. Each mediator is trained and experienced in helping you to consider all aspects pertaining to your dispute and to reach an agreement that is workable for all parties.

CMDR specializes in all aspects of family mediation including separation, divorce, post-divorce mediation, trial separation agreements, and parenting plans. We also handle prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and elder mediation. Expanded hours of service, including evenings and weekends are available.

Halee Burg, J.D., is a family mediator and attorney, whose practice is limited solely to mediation. Ms. Burg holds a JD from The Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. Ms. Burg’s area of expertise is family and relational disputes (eg. adult siblings, parent/child). In addition, Ms. Burg offers mediation services in all area of separation and divorce. Ms. Burg serves on the panels for several community organizations providing mediation services in the Greater Boston area District Courts. She is a member of the New England chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Association of Professional Family Mediators, and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

If you have any questions about our services or are unsure if your clients are right for mediation, please do call. In addition, we offer complimentary (in-person or telephone) consultations to prospective clients.

Chris Chen CFP®, CDFA

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Wealth Strategist Insight Financial Strategists LLC Address 271 Waverley Oaks Road Suite 102 Waltham MA 02452 Phone: (781) 489-3014 Website: http://insightfinancialstrategists.com
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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.

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