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.
Agreement Resources, LLC has been providing divorce mediation services since 2004 (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.
We understand how difficult the divorce process can be and specialize in Making Hard Conversations Easier.™
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:
- 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.
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 each of you is heard and understood. We help you gain clarity on what is important to you, so that together you can craft your own workable solutions, customized to your needs and informed by Massachusetts guidelines.
Each of our panel members provides divorce, post-divorce, and marital mediation, as well as co-parenting mediation for never-married parents. We also provide 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 the Harvard Mediation Program.
Agreement Resources, LLC is approved to receive referrals from the Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk Divisions of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Department, although a referral from the courts is not required to seek services.
Mediation sessions are available in Norwood, Natick, and Marlboro. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.
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 currently President of The Divorce Center having served as co-president in prior years. 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 the cases he handles ultimately lead to negotiated settlements. Some of the most challenging cases do indeed go all the way to trial; he thus conducts several multi-day trials in a typical year, as either solo or lead counsel. His practice, however, offers a wide range of options, from full representation in divorce and family court litigation through trial, post-trial representation and appellate advocacy, to “out of court” family law representations, as-needed “unbundled legal services” representation through the “limited assistance representation” program, and legal consultant to parties in mediation. He also frequently handles domestic violence cases, including restraining order cases and related criminal cases, in the district courts and family courts.
Steven is proud to have volunteered his services in court-connected mediation, court-connected conciliation, and as Lawyer for the Day in family courts of Greater Boston. He has been quoted on divorce law issues in the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, and elsewhere in the media. He has been a member of many professional organizations, including the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the 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. He is a regular faculty panel member of “Divorce Matters For You” workshops offered by The Divorce Center, Inc., serves as a member of the Board of Directors, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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
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 Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® and 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. Barbara was honored as a Five Star Wealth Manager in 2017 by Boston Magazine.
Darlene Dahl, CPA/PFS, AEP®, CDFA™, Managing Director**
Darlene has provided divorce consulting services to clients and their attorneys for over a decade, is a collaboratively trained financial neutral, 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**
Lauren Desforge is a Managing Director at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting with over 25 years of experience providing individuals and families with comprehensive planning and investment management services.
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, advises on complicated settlement issues, and analyzes the pros and cons of different settlement proposals enabling clients to choose the best settlement options for themselves 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.
Additionally, Lauren holds the Accredited Estate Planner® designation and is a collaboratively trained financial neutral. She has received the Five Star Wealth Manager recognition. Lauren is active in the Boston Estate Planning Council and is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. She is also a member of her church’s finance council and is a coach for Budget Buddies, an organization that teaches low-income women core money-management skills to help gain their financial independence.
Mary M. Shahian MBA, M.Ed, ChFC, CFP®, CDFA™, Partner
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 for the second consecutive year by Boston Magazine.
Daintree Advisors is a fee-only Registered Investment Advisory firm.
Over the past 30 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.
In addition to my years of experience as a psychologist with expertise in family therapy and career consultation, I have recently been certified in Discernment Counseling, a brief approach to helping mixed-agenda couples have more clarity and confidence on a direction for the marriage when one partner is “leaning out.”
Attorney Susan DeMatteo has been practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over thirty years. She is an experienced collaborative lawyer and mediator. She focuses her practice on all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, parenting, child support, property division, adoption, alimony, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, guardianships of minors and adoptions. She recognizes that clients seek her advice and counsel during very difficult times in their lives. She strives to meet their legal needs with compassion and respect while empowering them to reach their new goals. She believes that most family law matters can be resolved using collaborative law, mediation, or direct settlement negotiation.
Attorney DeMatteo believes that the selection of the right professional for each client is one of the most important steps in the resolution of family law issues. She welcomes the opportunity to speak with individuals facing divorce, separation or other family law issues. Her offices are located conveniently in Reading Square. She is happy to schedule flexible appointments to meet the needs of her clients.
Attorney David Feldman is a family law attorney with 38 years of experience. Feldman Family Law in Wellesley specializes in providing legal representation in the areas of divorce, custody disputes including international custody disputes, alimony, parenting plans, parental relocation and removal cases and high asset divorce. Attorney Feldman also has extensive experience in advising clients with regards to the drafting and negotiation of premarital agreements.
Attorney Feldman is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Norfolk County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts Association of Guardian ad Litem.
He has also been trained as a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, and acts as a Conciliator in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court.
Windsor is a parent coordinator with a background in elementary and special education. She graduated with Honors from Harvard College where she studied Psychology and Sociology, and wrote her senior thesis on the Massachusetts Public School System. She earned her Masters Degree at Boston College in Elementary and Moderate Special Needs. Windsor has a history of putting the needs of children first, and can help parents make decisions quickly and with consensus. Windsor is a mother to children in elementary, middle and high school, so she is keenly aware of the decisions facing parents today with regard to scheduling, technology, and extra-curricular and summer activities. Her office is located in Wellesley Center, and she is available on nights and weekends, as well as during normal business hours.
Rick is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ who helps clients, attorneys and mediators fully understand the
financial implications surrounding the division of assets. As a Certified Financial Planner™ Practitioner (CFP®) Rick specializes in helping clients plan for retirement, create a proper investment plan, save for college, and protect their assets from a catastrophe. He also has expertise in financial issues specific to women and women in transition.
Rick also specializes in helping women post-divorce getting their life back on track to achieve the goals that are important to them.
Rick serves as a liaison to the Dana-Farber Pro Bono Coaching Program. This initiative helps patients struggling with the financial burdens they are facing while battling cancer. To date, over 400 families have been helped.
Attorney Fleischer is a respected family law attorney who is known for her integrity, honesty, and creativity in finding solutions to some of the most emotional and tough legal issues.
She has dedicated her career to helping people going through the emotional roller coaster of divorce and other family law problems.
She understands that people experiencing a divorce, child custody or other family legal matters need an advocate who is compassionate, understanding and responsive to their needs. When relationships fail, the effects cascade into all areas of a persons’ life. Attorney Fleischer prides herself in providing personal, individual representation to her clients to achieve their goals in the most timely and cost-effective manner.
Attorney Fleischer is on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Women Lawyer’s Association and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She also is certified to provide Limited Assistance Representation.