Guide to Professionals

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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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.”

Susan Andrew MSW, LICSW

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Address 288 Walnut Street Suite 220 Newton MA 02460 Address 20 Main Street Suite 300 Natick MA 01760 Phone: (617) 605-3071 Fax: (617) 552-5116 Website: The Wellness Room
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Susan Andrew, MSW, LICSW is a therapist and clinical social worker that provides individual and group counseling and support for those who are going through the divorce process or recovering from the aftermath of divorce. Susan works with her clients to better cope with the loss, grief, guilt, and sometimes anger felt from a divorce, address the parenting challenges and help parents better support their children, and helps parents learn improved communication skills to foster more cooperative co-parenting. Susan also runs divorce support groups. She sees clients in two office locations in Natick and Newton.

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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Divorce Mediator

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.

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.

Guardian ad Litem

Karl 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.

Parent Coordinator

As a Parenting Coordinator in Massachusetts for cases throughout Middlesex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties,
Karl 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.

Shannon Murphy Barnes Esq.

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Barnes and Leighton Address 70 Washington St. 402 Salem MA 01970 Phone: (978) 744-5444 Fax: (978) 745-6209
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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.

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, LLC Address 246 Walnut Street Suite 201 Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-7000 Fax: (617) 964-4025 Website: Karen M. Buckley
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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
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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 amd 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, Director Address 37 Walnut Street Suite 220 Wellesley Hills MA 02481-2107 Phone: (781) 239-1600 Fax: (781) 239-0404 Website: www.bostonmediation.com
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The Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution is under the directorship of Lynne C. Halem. Dr. Halem, the author of two widely acclaimed scholarly books on divorce, has worked in the mediation field since 1982. She has been certified as a Divorce and Family Mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, was a past board member of the Divorce Center, Inc., and served two terms as President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

CMDR is an exclusively mediation firm, having mediated thousands of divorce cases. For both traditional and non-traditional couples, we specialize in all aspects of separation, divorce, and post-divorce mediation, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, as well as custody and parenting plans. Our mediators are known and recognized for their high level of professionalism, experience and depth of knowledge. We, at the Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution, help clients structure individualized solutions that will provide a thorough and thoughtful road map for each couple’s present and future interactions.

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) 489-3994 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.

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.
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Attorney Christensen has concentrated in the areas of family law and personal injury for 23 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.

Jeanne Cleary MA

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Address Mt. Auburn Professional Offices 173 Mt. Auburn Street Watertown MA 02472 Phone: (617) 924-3211 Website: www.jeannecleary.com
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  • Family and divorce mediation services
  • Pre-separation parenting consultation and mediation
  • Co-parenting plans, post-divorce, co-parenting mediation
  • Collaborative law divorce facilitation, training and consultation

Edward A. Colozzi ED.D

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Career Development and Counseling Services Address 18 Mountain Road Burlington MA 01803 Phone: (781) 721-1200 Website: Creating Careers with Confidence
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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.

Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc.

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Contact: Gail Packer, Executive Director Address 60 Gore Street Cambridge MA 02141 Phone: (617) 876-5376 Fax: (617) 876-6663 Website: http://communitydispute.org
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Established in 1979, the Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), is a private, not-for-profit mediation and training center dedicated to providing an alternative and affordable forum for resolving conflict.

CDSC promotes better ways to understand and deal with conflict through skilled teams of pro-bono mediators, training programs in mediation and conflict management, and broad community outreach. Our professionally trained roster of 60 pro-bono volunteer mediators comes from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

We are committed to making our services accessible to under served populations and to addressing emerging community needs. Couples in the process of separation and divorce continue to find mediation a valuable forum for addressing the complex puzzle of financial, property, and child-related matters.

CDSC uses a co-mediation model. It offers the option to have the terms of an agreement set out in a memo form which can then be taken to respective lawyers to put into writing or CDSC mediators can help parties to draw up a Separation Agreement, to be reviewed with their attorneys. CDSC is committed to ensuring that our mediation services are accessible and affordable. We use a sliding scale from $40 to $330 per session, per person, based on each person’s individual income and assets. CDSC is a low-cost and efficient option.

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 Phone: (617) 527-3152 Fax: (617) 332-6442 Website: lynnkcooper.com
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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.

Fran Davis Ph.D.

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Licensed Psychologist / Career Counselor Address 3 Woodridge Road Wayland MA 01778 Phone: (617) 492-9224 Fax: (508) 358-1199 Membership: July 26, 2014 Website: Fran Davis, Ph. D.
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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.

Diane Neumann & Associates

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Contact: Diane Neumann Address 126 Main Street Watertown MA 02472 Phone: (617) 926-9100 Fax: (617) 926-9101 Website: www.ourdivorcemediator.com
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DIANE NEUMANN, J.D., M.A is the principal of Diane Neumann & Associates, the only full-service divorce mediation firm serving Boston area clients for 33 years. Diane has offices in Watertown, Newton, and the South Shore and will be opening a North Shore office. She began her mediation practice in 1981 and is recognized as one of the foremost mediators in the country. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books: Divorce Mediation: How to Cut the Cost and Stress of Divorce and Choosing a Divorce Mediator, published by Henry Holt & Co. Her experience as a licensed Massachusetts attorney, a couples and family counselor, a real estate broker, and an Internal Revenue Service Representative make her uniquely suited to help each client reach the best possible settlement. She is past president of Academy of Family Mediators and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Diane is also an Advanced Practitioner of the Association of Conflict Resolution. In addition to her practice, she has been training mediators with John Fiske since the mid 1980s.

Ellen Waldorf, J.D., is the senior mediator. Along with Diane, Ellen specializes in the mediation of clients with complicated financial situations that require a high level of expertise with couples’ high income and complex assets. She clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado.

Kirk Fallis, LL.M., began his association with the firm upon his relocation from California. He worked for the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, providing mediation and training to Massachusetts courts and government agencies. At Diane Neumann & Associates, he specializes in the mediation of all aspects of a divorce settlement.

Miriam Kosowsky, J.D. is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude. Miriam was an attorney with Sullivan & Worcester, LLP in Boston where she litigated, negotiated, and settled business contractual and tort disputes for U.S. and international private and corporate clients. She provides mediation for a full divorce settlement.

Connie Rankins, J.D. is Diane’s mediation assistant. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New England School of Law, cum laude. She worked in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court where she assisted in Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties. Connie assists in all aspects of clients’ divorce mediation.

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