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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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 decisions you need to make in order to navigate the divorce process.
- 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.
- Consider and discuss your interests and options, and the best interests of your children.
- Document your decisions at the conclusion of the process.
Our mediators focus on ensuring that you are each heard and understood. They help you both gain clarity on what is important to you, so that together you can craft your own workable solutions, custom-made and informed by Massachusetts guidelines.
Agreement Resources, LLC has been providing divorce mediation services since 2003 (offering both solo and co-mediation) and is approved to receive referrals from the Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk Divisions of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Department.
Each of our panel members provides divorce, post-divorce, and marital mediation, as well as mediation for never-married parents. Each also provides elder (adult family) mediation through Elder Decisions® – a division of Agreement Resources, LLC. All of our panel members have written extensively about conflict resolution and mediation. Please see details and full bios on our website. In addition:
Crystal Thorpe, co-founder and principal, serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation.
Arline Kardasis, co-founder, has served on the Board of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (NEACR) and in leadership roles with ACR (International).
Rikk Larsen, co-founder of Elder Decisions®, is a former Family and Probate Court case coordinator for for the Harvard Mediation Program.
Halee Burg, the most recent addition to our team, brings several years of professional experience mediating divorce, marital, and adult family cases, and actively mediates on several community mediation panels.
Mediation sessions are available in Norwood and several Metrowest locations.
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 second 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.
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.
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.
Deb, who is licensed in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, started in the mortgage business in 1980 and in addition to her current role as Loan Officer, has been a Real Estate Appraiser and a Vice President of Loan Servicing. This means Deb understands all aspects of the loan transaction in order to answer her clients’ questions, and provide a smooth process from application to closing.
Deb is collaboratively trained and is able to offer her clients a wide variety of loan products to meet their individual needs. Whether she is working with a borrower who is having to understand the loan process for the first time, and/or someone who wants to understand their options about being qualified to refinance, she listens to her clients and helps provide them the best options available for their individual situation.
Kelley Bothe is a psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples in Wellesley and Concord MA. She has led “Endings and New Beginnings”, divorce support groups, for men and women for the past 15 years in her Wellesley office. Her groups meet weekly and are open-ended. In addition to her Wednesday evening group Kelley will start a new daytime group in October 2015 which will take place in Wellesley on Wednesdays at 2 PM.
Please see Kelley’s web site, psychotherapycollaborative.com, for more information about her practice and her groups. You can also contact her at (781) 239-3365 and talk directly with her about individual therapy or a divorce support group.
The centerpiece of my relationships is my ability to listen and ask questions. I understand the complexities and the challenges of navigating financial conversations. My clients views and relationship with money play a very important part in establishing a strategy to achieve their goals. By asking the right questions, I am able to create an experience that can help increase their commitment to incorporating a financial framework into their busy lives.
I achieve this by helping them complete a financial plan that will allow them to manage a very emotional process and make confident decisions. Their plans become living, breathing documents that are a part of the decision making process for years to come. When they choose to expand their relationship to include investment management, the women I work with generally have between $250,000 and $3 million in assets under my care. Using the financial plan as a foundation, I employ a bucketing approach to asset management that allocates
portfolios based on when funds are needed to help meet their stated goals.
* Financial planning and investment management
* Divorce planning – Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
* Insurance planning – MA licensed insurance agent – annuities, life and long term care
* Liability planning – NMLS licensed mortgage broker
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.
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.
Attorney Erin Charron is a founding member of Charron and Flaws, LLC and has been practicing family law for over a decade. In addition to representing clients in a variety of domestic relations issues, Ms. Charron is a certified court appointed conciliator through the Essex County Bar Association. Ms. Charron is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and a cum laude graduate of New England Law | Boston (formerly New England School of Law) (2004), where she was awarded the New England Scholar served as an executive case & note editor of the New England Law Review.
Attorney Charron is dedicated to helping people overcome challenging legal problems in the areas of family law and divorce. With over a decade of experience, she works diligently to protect client’s interests at all stages of the legal process. The family law practice at Charron and Flaws, LLC concentrates on cases in the Middlesex County Probate and Family Court, as well as the Probate and Family Courts of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. Attorney Charron represents individuals in all aspects of family law cases including divorce, same-sex divorce, alimony, division of marital assets, modifications of existing judgments, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and all issues pertaining to the care and custody of children, including child support, custody and parenting time.
Attorney Charron is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Essex Bar Association, the Salem Bar Association and the Middlesex Bar Association.
Chris Chen, CFP® 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.
Attorney Christensen has concentrated in the areas of family law and personal injury for 25 years and is a trained collaborative attorney. She has provided representation in both amicable and highly contested cases. In the area of family law she provides the personal attention necessary to resolve the many issues that may arise in the areas of divorce, paternity, custody, child support, alimony, modification of agreements, contempts and non-compliance of court orders. When litigation is necessary, Attorney Christensen will be a strong, aggressive advocate for your needs. Every effort is made to resolve each case as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
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 a Divorce Mediator and a Social Worker, Jody has a wealth of experience and background to help clients facilitate the necessary conversations to navigate their divorce. She has received extensive training in divorce mediation and understands the stresses the separation process can bring to your family. She has the ability to help you listen and hear each other in order to come to a compromise.
Jody completed her Masters in Social Work at Boston University in 1997. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediators. Jody is a volunteer mediator in the Norfolk County Court. Jody has been involved in the Boston community for over 25 years and can also facilitate LGBTQ divorces.
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.
Deanna Coyle, CFA, MBA, CLTC is a financial consultant who focuses on helping people who are divorced or are going through the divorce process. As a mother who has gone through the divorce process herself, she is uniquely positioned to relate empathetically to what her clients are going through and has the financial knowledge to help them navigate the important decisions and considerations during the process. She is dedicated to transforming the divorce process by helping people avoid courtroom battles and the resulting anger, resentment and hurt caused to all involved; and instead focusing on the financial and emotional health and well-being of the parents and the children.
Deanna and her financial advisor business partners have a unique client approach and offer educational outreach programs. They provide complimentary consultations with the goal of building long-term relationships by educating and empowering clients to make informed decisions about their financial futures.
Deanna holds more than 20 years of financial experience, including seven years as a securities analyst on Wall Street. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Economics from Mount Holyoke College, and received her M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College. She received her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003.
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