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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Jillian B. Frank Ph.D.**

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Licensed Psychologist Address 1330 Beacon Street Suite 252 Brookline MA 02446 Phone: (617) 966-1476 Website: therapists.psychologytoday.com
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Dr. Jillian B. Frank is a Harvard Medical School trained Licensed Psychologist in private practice for almost 20 years. She offers expertise in the emotional aspects of divorce and guidance for enduring the process and regaining a sense of stability post-divorce. Dr. Frank works with adults, providing individual therapy to men and women and couples therapy for those in a relationship, contemplating divorce or recently divorced. She also provides consultation regarding parenting during and after divorce.

Janet Rhodes Friedman CFP®, CDFA™, MBA

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Financial Planner/Investment Advisor Abaris Financial Group, LLC Address Damonmill Square 9 Pond Lane, Suite #1F Concord MA 01742 Counties served: All Phone: (978) 371-9649 Fax: (978) 371-9758 Website: www.AbarisFinancialGroup.com
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Janet Rhodes Friedman, CFP®, CDFA™, MBA is a Financial Planner and Investment Advisor with Abaris Financial Group, LLC, an SEC-registered firm specializing in comprehensive Fee-Only financial planning and investment management. She is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA ™) and has been licensed as a Certified Financial Planner ™ (CFP ™) since 1996.

Key areas of expertise are divorce financial planning, investment management, retirement planning, college funding strategies and financial literacy. She works with individuals during the complex process of divorce, addressing the financial and tax implications of various settlement options – and provides clear and holistic guidance to enable her clients to successfully move forward with their lives post-divorce.

She received her A.B. in Management Science cum laude from Duke University and her M.B.A. from The Tuck School at Dartmouth. Prior experience includes various roles at Fidelity Investments, Insight Experience, KPMG and First Atlanta (Wells Fargo). She is a member of Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP), Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA), National Association of Personal Financial Planners (NAPFA), Financial Planning Association (FPA), and National College Advocacy Group (NCAG). She has held leadership roles in a variety of community non-profit organizations for the past 17 years.

Howard I. Goldstein Esq. **

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Goldstein & Bilodeau P.C. Address 246 Walnut St Suite 301 Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-8559 Fax: (617) 245-5322 Website: www.massachusetts-divorce.com
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Howard Goldstein has been a practicing lawyer since 1973, engaged in mediation, collaborative practice and divorce litigation. He has been received the designation of “Super Lawyer” and is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America, for Collaborative Family Law.

David H. Goodman MBA, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA **

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Gosule, Butkus & Jesson LLP Address 480 Adams Street Milton MA 02186 Counties: Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester Phone: (617) 698-3950 Fax: (617) 698-3950 Website: www.gbj-bestcpa.com
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David Goodman helps people and businesses get answers to their financial questions and find solutions in family law and civil matters. Specific areas of expertise include: restaurants, construction-related business, dental practices and professional service firms. A complete list can be found on our website at http://www.gbj-bestcpa.com

David is credentialed in Business Valuation and Forensic Accounting. He has completed the basic training and attended advanced training in collaborative practice. He regularly works as a financial neutral and in litigation support. As a CPA engaged in a tax practice as well, he can assist with complex tax issues related to divorce.

Gosule, Butkus & Jesson is a full-service accounting firm servicing Eastern Massachusetts.

Jennifer Hawthorne Esq. **

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Mediator & Collaborative Attorney Hawthorne Law and Mediation Address 9 Main Street Southborough MA 01772 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Worcester Phone: (508) 656-0094 Website: www.jenniferhawthornelaw.com
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I strongly believe in alternative dispute resolution, especially when children are involved in a family crisis or divorce. I work with my clients to help resolve issues rather than escalating them. Both mediation and the collaborative process can be used to resolve any aspect of divorce, modifications, or even most contempt actions for both once married parents and never married parents. If I am your mediator, I will help you have a conversation so that both parents are able to express their thoughts and opinions and you will be able to work together to come to an agreement that works best for both parents and most importantly for your children. If I represent you in the collaborative process, I will help you to understand the law and know what options are available so that you may best voice your opinions and desires during conversations with your spouse and his/her attorney. I look forward to working with you to help reduce the conflict in your life.

Joyce Kauffman Esq. **

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Kauffman Law & Mediation Address 4238 Washington Street Suite 313 Roslindale MA 02131 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Plymouth Phone: (617) 577-1505 Fax: (617) 469-8440 Website: www.kauffmanlaw.net
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Kauffman Law & Mediation provides assistance in all areas of family law, with a focus on mediation, adoption, assisted reproductive technology law, conciliation, divorce coaching and consultation.

Widely recognized for its cutting edge work in LGBTQ family law, Kauffman Law & Mediation has over two decades of experience assisting families and individuals as they navigate this complicated legal landscape.

Carol M. Khouri CFP®, CDFA™ **

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Financial Consultant Wingate Wealth Advisors Address 450 Bedford Street Lexington MA 02420-1547 Phone: (781) 862-7100 Fax: (781) 861-9707 Website: www.wingatewealthadvisors.com
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Carol is a principal with Wingate Wealth Advisors. She is an accomplished financial advisor who specializes in creating financial solutions for women. With more than 25 years experience, she accomplishes this through comprehensive financial planning, objective investment management and partnering with other specialists as needed to ensure a cohesive, long term plan.

After working closely with her clients to develop a customized strategy to allow them every opportunity to reach their goals, Carol remains actively involved to ensure her clients have consistent support for their everyday needs. She has helped hundreds of women overcome the often complex financial challenges posed by life changing events such as divorce, retirement, elder care and the loss of a spouse. Carol’s goal is to empower women during their transitions and beyond.

In addition to being a Certified Financial Planner® and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, she has been honored by her colleagues and clients with Five Star Wealth Manager recognition.

Ellen J. Klapper **

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Mortgage Loan Officer Eastern Bank Address 188 Needham Street Newton MA 02464 Counties served: Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester Fax: (781) 477-8909 Phone: (617) 235-8100 Website: www.easternbank.com/eklapper
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Ellen has been a loan officer in residential lending for the past 31 years. Her diverse knowledge of the mortgage market aid Ellen in understanding her clients’ needs and what the best mortgage products are to fit these needs. She has worked with a diverse group of clients over the years, from first-time home- buyers to complicated borrowers with significant wealth and unique situations. Her experience and knowledge of the mortgage industry enable her to give the best options to her clients.

Ellen is a member and on the board of the Divorce Center. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and has been collaboratively trained. She is experienced in working with divorced couples and those in process of divorcing. She recognizes that each couples situation is unique and requires knowledge and sensitivity to come up with the best mortgage options and solutions that their divorce requires. Ellen is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s Affiliate Committee. Ellen lives in Newton, where she is on the Historical Commission and a member of Historic Newton.

Gerald W. Lewis Ph.D.

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Psychologist Gerald Lewis, Ph.D. Address 1290 Worcester Road Framingham MA 01702 Phone: (508) 872-6228 Fax: (508) 370-7282 Website: www.geraldlewis.com
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Dr. Lewis is a psychologist practicing in Framingham and Marlboro. He is an instructor for the Divorce Center, teaching “Parents Apart.”  Also, he is a GAL and is on the Board of MAGAL (the MA Association of Guardian ad Litem). In addition, he is a divorce mediator.

Susan G. Lillis Esq.**

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Attorney Susan G. Lillis, Attorney at Law, P.C. Home Ipswich River Place 4 South Main Street Suite 9 Ipswich MA 01938 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk Phone: (978) 356-2934 Fax: (978) 356-9663 Website: www.domesticlaw.net
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Susan Lillis is has been practicing family law for over thirty years. She focuses on out of court family dispute resolution, including mediation, collaborative divorce, and direct negotiation. She is has been certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and she has received the top AV Peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards every year since 1995.

Scott C. Marks Esq. **

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Law Offices of Scott C. Marks Address 70 Washington Street Suite 405 Salem MA 01970 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex Phone: (978) 741-5655 Fax: (978) 744-3782 Website: Scottcmarks.com
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Attorney Marks has been practicing family law for over 30 years and believes hat a negotiated solution is preferable to one that is ordered by the Court. He is experienced in collaborative practice and is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He also offers mediation services through his own practice as well as through Mediation Works, Inc. and the North Shore Community Mediation Center. Additionally, he offers conciliation services through the Essex County and Salem Bar Associations. Attorney Marks is a presenter for the Divorce Center’s “Divorce Matters For You” North Shore workshops. He is also trained and experienced in Limited Assistance Representation.

Oona Metz LICSW, CGP

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Address 1318 Beacon Street Suite 9 Brookline MA 02446 Counties served: All Phone: (617) 232-8971 Fax: (617) 232-8971 Website: http://www.oonametz.com
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Oona Metz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Group Psychotherapist with offices in Arlington and Brookline. For over 20 years she has treated adults, adolescents and children in individual, couples and group therapy in the Greater Boston area. In addition to seeing people for individual and couples therapy, she currently offers weekly, ongoing, confidential divorce support groups. These groups are for women who are contemplating divorce or who are navigating the process of divorce.

Women who are contemplating or navigating divorce may feel confused, sad, betrayed, bewildered, angry, overwhelmed and/or scared, and can benefit from talking to other women who are going through a similar process. Many of the women in the groups are mothers who are concerned with the wellbeing of their children and want to help them through the divorce as well. Women going through divorce often find that spending so much energy on a spouse, children and/or work leaves them little time to focus on themselves. Group therapy offers women a unique opportunity to talk with other women about what they need and want, now and in the future.

The Divorce Support Groups are located in Arlington and Brookline and meet weekly. Please call 617-232-8971 to set up a required screening session.

Susan M. Miller MA, CPA, CFP®, CDFA™ **

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Principal Aurora Financial Advisors, LLC Address 180 Linden Street Suite 8A Wellesley MA 02482 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk Phone: (781) 239-9996 Fax: (781) 239-1551 Website: www.AuroraFA.com
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Susan Miller is a Principal with Aurora Financial Advisors, LLC. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in Economics, is a Certified Public Account (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), and is a trained mediator. Susan has been providing investment advice, financial planning and tax strategies to individuals and small businesses for over 20 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is the Treasurer of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.

Susan works extensively with lawyers, mediators and clients to address financial issues that arise in the divorce process. Susan provides a wide variety of financial planning assistance for individuals and couples involved in divorce. Typical issues addressed include cash flow and budgeting analysis, tax-efficient child support and alimony payments, dependency exemption determination, division of retirement and non-retirement assets – including marital home, education funding analysis future net worth projections of impact of proposed settlements on both spouses. Additional complex tax issues may include stock compensation valuation and division, alimony recapture, and impact of Alternative Minimum Tax.

Aurora Financial Advisors, LLC (AFA) is an independent, fee-only Registered Investment Advisory Firm, specializing in creating individualized financial, investment and tax strategies for individuals, including those contemplating life transitions such as divorce and retirement.

Linda S. Minkoff Esq.**

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Attorney Minkoff Law Offices, LLC Home 9 Damonmill Square, 5D Concord MA 01742 Phone: (978) 369-1800 Fax: (978) 371-2378 Website: Minkoff Law Offices
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Linda Swain Minkoff has been a practicing attorney in Massachusetts since 1987. Minkoff Law Offices, LLC, was opened in November 2009, and continues in the practice areas of divorce, custody, child support, divorce mediation and collaborative law, as well as estate planning and elder law.

Linda received a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University in 1974.She received a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 1987, and was admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts in December 1987. Attorney Minkoff is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to becoming an attorney in 1987, Linda was a practicing mental health professional with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. She therefore brings unique skills and perspective to the often troubling field of domestic relations litigation.

Carol E. Nesson Esq.

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Law Office of Carol E. Nesson Address 1996 Centre Street 3rd Floor West Roxbury MA 02132 County served: All Ma. counties Phone: (617) 363-0000 Fax: (617) 363-0006 Website: The Law Office of Carol E. Nesson
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Carol Nesson prepares QDROs (orders dividing retirement assets) & similar documents for attorneys and clients. She is available for consultation with clients and counsel about how to draft appropriate language in separation agreements.

Jyoti Nihill **

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Divorce and Family Law Mediator Life Events Organizing Address PO Box 812421 Wellesley MA 02482 Counties served: Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Worcester Phone: (860) 836-8980 Fax: (860) 836-8980 Website: lifeeventsorganizing.com
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Divorce is disruptive. Jyoti Nihill learned this as a child of divorced parents and also after going through a divorce. More importantly what she learned, is how much poor advice is out there and how few people receive high-quality advice.

This is why she launched Life Events Organizing, after a 25+ year executive career in the financial services industry, a professional organization focused on helping in two of the most problematic areas in our society today: divorce and finance.

Ms. Nihill is passionate about helping people navigate major life transitions like divorce, offering Family and Divorce mediation services as well as financial planning and financial literacy. Her company focuses on delivering a customized series of solutions designed to leverage internal and external professionals to help clients feel more empowered today and more importantly on the other side of divorce.

She holds a Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, is a trained Family and Divorce Mediator through MWI and is working on Collaborative Law training through MCLC.

Kristin A. Nordahl CFP®, CLU®

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Certified Financial Planner The MNE Group Address 859 Turnpike Street Suite 129 North Andover MA 01845 Phone: (978) 689-7557 Fax: (978) 689-7667 Website: themnegroup.com
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Kristin works with individuals who find themselves going through life’s transitions.  She helps her clients to define what their financial goals and objectives are and develop a plan to accomplish their goals.  Her clients describe her as objective, knowledgeable and most importantly, trustworthy and caring.

Beth M. Nussbaum Esq. **

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Nussbaum Family Law Address One Post Office Square Sharon MA 02067 Counties served: Norfolk, Middlesex, Plymouth, Bristol, Worcester Phone: (781) 327-1907 Fax: (781) 793-0600 Website: Nussbaum Family Law
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Nussbaum Family Law provides representation in divorce and family law matters, tailoring a strategy according to your individual needs and goals. We offer mediation, mediation support services, and collaborative law solutions.

When litigation is unavoidable, we offer experienced, skilled representation to achieve your objectives and your  children’s best interests.

Diane C. Pappas CDFA™ **

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Certified Divorce Financial Analyst/Financial Mediator Solutions for Divorce, LLC Address 1072 Washington Street, #1 Gloucester MA 01930 Counties served: AllAddress Satellite Office Danvers MA Phone: (978) 879-4288 Mobile: (978) 833-6144 Website: www.SolutionsforDivorce.com Website: www.UntyingtheFinancialKnot.com
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Diane is Principal of Solutions For Divorce LLC, an independent, fee-only divorce financial planning firm serving the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and the Metrowest/ Greater Boston areas. She is an experienced Financial Planner, a collaboratively trained Financial Neutral, a trained Mediator and an Investment Advisor Representative.

Diane is the past President and former Board Member of The Divorce Center, Inc. Currently, she serves on the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts. She is also the ‘resident’ CDFA for the non-profit, North Shore Community Mediation Center in Beverly, MA.

Knowledge is power and nowhere is this more evident than in divorce. Diane is passionate about educating her clients on all aspects of their financial situation so all parties have the same level of knowledge needed to make informed decisions. As a divorced, single mom of two adult daughters, Diane knows first hand what her clients are going through, which enables her to provide her clients with realistic settlement options based on her 25 years of work and life experiences.

Diane’s ability to empathize and relate to the challenges divorcing couples face in today’s economic environment gives her clients the peace of mind and feeling of empowerment they need during this difficult time. Understanding their fears, concerns, needs and goals is at the forefront of Diane’s practice.

Finally, Diane is able to help people complete the transition from married life to single life by providing post-divorce financial planning and advisory services.

 

Dena Ray Ph.D. **

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist Address 65 Rice Road Wayland MA 01778 Phone: (508) 655-8683 Website: DrDenaRay.com
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Our relationships comprise one of the most important bases for our happiness and mental well-being. Psychotherapy can help when there is disharmony with partners, family or friends. I work with couples, siblings, parents and children or friends. If other members of a relationship are unavailable or unwilling to come in, therapy can still help resolve problems. Sometimes, despite our best effort, a relationship may need to end. I work with a new model called, “Discernment Counseling” to clarify this and, if necessary, I help individuals and families navigate the challenges that occur during break-ups and divorce.