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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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 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 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.
Attorney Mohammed has a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and earned his law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the United States District Court of Massachusetts. As an immigrant of Ethiopia, it is with a great sense of passion that Attorney Mohammed assists his clients navigation through the immigration process. Attorney Mohammed is also proud and humbled with his experience as a bar advocate with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) representing indigent clients in criminal defense matters.
Attorney Mohammed has been recognized by various organizations for his achievements. He has obtained the highest rating of Superb from avvo.com, Top 100 Lawyers of Massachusetts by The National Trial Lawyers, and Top 100 Lawyers of Massachusetts by The American Society of Legal Advocates.
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.
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.
Nussbaum Family Law provides rational, empathetic 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.
Past President of The Divorce Center and currently on its Board of Directors, formerly on the Council of the Family Law Section of the Mass. Bar Association and the Board of Managers of the Mass. Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Co-author of “Family Law in Massachusetts” and “When a Professional Divorces.” Since 1978 has been concentrating on all aspects of domestic relations law, including complex finances and difficult cases.
Diane is Principal of Solutions For Divorce LLC, an independent, fee-only divorce financial planning firm and Registered Investment Advisor, serving the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and the Metrowest/Greater Boston areas. She is an Investment Advisor Representative, Financial Planner, a collaboratively trained Financial Neutral and a trained Mediator.
She is currently serving her second term as Co-President of The Divorce Center, Inc. and was recently selected to serve a 3-year term on the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA). She is also part of the North Shore Community Mediation Center, providing her services as the ‘resident’ CDFA.
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.
By combining her experience with mediation, collaborative law and litigation, Michelle is able to provide clients with a wide range of options appropriate for their needs and goals. As Head of the Domestic Relations Department at DCDC, she assists her clients through their difficult legal and personal times with an emphasis on the prevention of future legal problems. Michelle provide mediation and litigation services for all family-related disputes, such as: divorce, post-divorce, paternity, separation, estate or guardianship, non-traditional family issues, adoption and parent coordination. She works with a team of professionals to guide her clients through the often stressful and overwhelming decisions involved in the area of
family law. In addition to the legal aspects of family law, Michelle focuses on helping her clients maintain and regain control over the decisions that affect their lives, integrity, and confidence all in a confidential setting.
DCDC’s mediation services offer a cost-effective alternative for family, probate, civil, and business disputes, and provide parties with more control over the process. In addition to mediation, Michelle also practiced collaborative law in divorce & family matters.
Michelle firmly believes in the team approach of assisting clients through crisis situations. She understands how legal and financial professionals can support clients by preventing future legal problems through education and preparing for the unexpected.
Dr. Rohrbaugh is a Harvard clinical and forensic psychologist providing consultation and divorce coaching in collaborative law cases as well as litigation support, expert witness testimony and evaluations in child custody cases. She is a trauma specialist who served on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for over 30 years, and has three decades of experience providing nationwide consultation, training, and court testimony regarding adoption, attachment and bonding, care and protection, child abuse and neglect, custody and visitation, de facto parents, domestic violence, parental alienation, PTSD, relocation, sexual abuse and harassment, social science research and psychotherapy, and termination of parental rights.
In her psychotherapy practice, Dr. Rohrbaugh specializes in survivors of trauma, alternative families, divorce, parenting, and problems surrounding sexuality. Licensed in both MA and NH, Dr. Rohrbaugh is the author of the highly acclaimed “Guide to Child Custody Evaluations: Mental Health and Legal Perspectives”; NY: Springer, 2008.
See Dr. Rohrbaugh’s website for more information about her training, experience, publications, and approach to divorcing families.
Jennifer’s family law practice includes divorce, asset division, paternity actions, modification of agreements, custody disputes, guardianships, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and restraining orders.
Jennifer entered private practice after starting her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County where she prosecuted major felony cases in both the District and Superior Courts, and gained extensive trial experience.
Jennifer is also a certified family law mediator and conciliator. Whenever possible, she helps individuals and clients through Alternative Dispute Resolution, including, negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration.
Jennifer is an on-camera contributing legal analyst for WBZ-TV (CBS-Boston). She provides meaningful and insightful on-camera commentary on legal cases of both national and local interest. Jennifer has provided on-camera legal commentary on the Whitey Bulger indictments and arrest, the Clark Rockefeller trial, the Christa Worthington trial and verdict and the Kimberly Cates trial in New Hampshire.
For six years, Jennifer was honored as a Massachusetts Rising Start in Massachusetts Super Lawyers/Boston Magazine, an honor awarded to only 2.5% of young lawyers in Massachusetts.
As founder of the Mending Fences Institute, Beth is dedicated to guiding families through divorce, reunification and other conflicts through coaching, mediation, and therapy. With over 25 years of experience, she brings practical solutions and emotional healing to each case. Beth is adept at handling complex family dynamics such as divorce, trauma, relationship issues, learning disabilities, transitions or reunification. Her goal is to help families make the transition from couples with children to co-parents who communicate well and share time with their children. Her success is augmented by her extensive experience working with children and teens.
She is a certified Collaborative Coach, mediator, and therapist. She is a member of the International Collaborative Law Council, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and Southeastern Collaborative Law practice group. She is a member of the Mass Council on Family Mediation. She consults with schools, hospitals, lawyers, the courts, and doctors on complex issues such as divorce, alienation, learning disability, life transition and behavioral issues.
She uses eclectic therapeutic modalities such as family system theory, individual play therapy, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), and empowerment strategies with a focus on practical solutions that improve the lives of her clients.
As a board member of the Divorce Center, an instructor for the court-mandated Parents Apart course, chairperson of the Advanced Parenting Education Committee and a member of the Southeastern Collaborative Practice Group, Beth guides families through evaluating the situation, understanding all parties’ perspectives, establishing ground rules for communication, and generating goals.
Getting divorced and resolving family law issues involves transitions that are not easy. I am an experienced divorce mediator and family lawyer, and I will guide you through these transitions with compassion, treating you and your concerns with respect. We will work together, one issue at a time, to create solutions that work for you and your family and ensure that the focus stays on the healthiest process and outcome for you and your children.
I use only non-adversarial processes—mediation and collaborative law divorce—which emphasize open, respectful communication. These methods of reaching agreements avoid the high costs, delays, and interpersonal conflict and stress that are typical of litigation through the courts.
I have been practicing divorce law and mediation full time in Massachusetts since 2003. Before moving to Massachusetts, I was Staff Attorney at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles, and I served as Director of the Feinstein Institute for Legal Service at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. I have been admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, California, New York, and Massachusetts. I received my BA from Brown University and my law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Tom is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ and CFP® at Insight Financial Strategists, guiding his clients through the financial complexities of divorce. He is also a trained Divorce Mediator. He works closely with his clients to gather all relevant financial data, analyze settlement scenarios and their tax and long-term lifestyle implications, and present this information to clients with simplicity and clarity.
This holistic approach ensures that many other factors are considered in the planning process, including college funding, insurance needs, budgeting post-divorce, investing, retirement, and long-term care.
During his career as a Financial Adviser for a large brokerage house, Tom was struck by the particular financial hurdles which divorcing clients face and decided to specialize in the area of divorce planning. His own divorce experience makes him committed to exploring practical resolutions which are in the client’s best interest.
Tom graduated from Harvard magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology and Social Relations. He has completed the Financial Planning program at Boston University. He is a past Treasurer of The Divorce Center and is a member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, Financial Planning Association, Mass Council on Family Mediation, and Association of Divorce Financial Planners.
Senes & Chwalek offers investments, portfolio management, retirement planning, college planning and insurance to help individuals, families and business owners achieve their financial goals. Our offices are in Harvard and Concord.
Renee is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), a financial neutral and a trained mediator. She specializes in working with clients, their attorneys or mediators through all phases of the divorce process to help them gather and compile financial information, compare and contrast scenarios of possible settlements, and grasp the impact of the various options both now and for their future well-being. Having gone through a divorce herself, Renee’s desire is to help her clients understand and manage the financial issues so they can look forward to a stable future and comfort and competence dealing with money.
A frequent lecturer, Renee covers topics including:
• Maximizing Social Security
• Money and Divorce
• Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners
Renee is an active member of her community serving on the Board of the Divorce Center, and the Steering Committees of the Women’s Business Network and MWCoC Professional Women’s Network. She is a consultant to the Special Educational Surrogate Parent Program.
A former teacher, Renee enjoys educating her clients and encouraging them to be active participants in their financial futures.
Securities and investment advisory services offered through Voya Financial Advisors, member SIPC Senes & Chwalek Financial Advisors is not a subsidiary of nor controlled by Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.
Barbara Shapiro is president of HMS Financial Group, a full-service investment and financial planning firm. She served as Regional Director of Institute of Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA) and is a former treasurer of The Divorce Center.
She is a newly published author with her book “He Said, She Said,” and has developed and taught courses on financial planning and investments. She has lectured nationally on divorce financial analysis, investing, long-term care insurance, and divorce planning. Barbara’s expertise on women and finance has been seen on New England Cable News’ “Business Day” program, as well as Fox TV news. As a highly respected professional in her field, Barbara has been interviewed by USA Today, the Boston Herald, the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, “That Money Show,” Information Week, Investment News, “The Law Show,” “CNN Lookout,” “CNNfn.com,” NPR’s “The Connection,” and WBZ News radio, among others. She was a columnist for Physician’s Money Digest, and co-authored an article on divorce in Boston Magazine in July 2007.
Barbara’s degrees include Master of Education in Counseling, Master of Education in Moderate Special Needs with an additional Severe Special Need Certification and Master of Science in Finance.
With over 40 years experience in the securities industry, Herb Shapiro has experienced all types of markets and most economic situations. Herb and Barbara work together in determining the best investments for their post-divorce clients.
Securities and advisory services offered through Cadaret Grant, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor.
With her dual-degree in clinical social work and family law, and more than 35 years of professional experience, Attorney Shemin brings a “best of both worlds approach” to helping clients resolve matters outside of court. These dispute resolution options include mediation, collaborative law, parenting coordination, divorce consultation and coaching, settlement negotiations, guardian ad litem evaluative opinions, premarital and postnuptial agreements – and she even has a subspecialization in handling cases for those interested in working on “agreements to stay married.” With her extensive background in child development and her knowledge and understanding of the psychodynamics of divorce, she is exceptionally well-equipped to assist transitioning families with developing optimal co-parenting plans, telling children about divorce, and handling inevitable disagreements that parents will face long after the ink is dry on their divorce agreements.
Attorney Shemin is the Vice-President of Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is also credentialed as a certified family law mediator by that organization (a highly selective recognition). For the past 2 years, she has been recognized as one of the “Top Ten Family Lawyers in Massachusetts” as well as a “Top Rated Lawyer: Women Leaders in the Law.” In 2015, she was recognized among “Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers” in 3 distinct categories – Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law and Mediation, and Collaborative Law. She has earned a 10.0 “excellent” AVVO rating. Attorney Shemin is also credentialed as a Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator, and is a Board Member and Founding Member of the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Please view Attorney Shemin’s profile at http://www.fdcattorneys.com/vicki-l-shemin.
Heather J. Smethurst is a family law attorney practicing in Essex and Middlesex Counties in Massachusetts and in Southern New Hampshire, is trained in Collaborative Law, Mediation, was a social worker prior to her legal career, is a court appointed conciliator and Attorney Representing Children through the Essex Probate Court, Limited Appearance Representation and is a Guardian ad Litem.
Attorney Smethurst believes strongly that most cases are best handled through Mediation or the Collaborative Law process. A family law matter is arguably the most stressful time in a person’s life and having an advocate that is committed to resolving your case with the best possible outcome for your family is a must. Attorney Smethurst feels strongly that children must be the first priority in any family law matter and will work with you to help transition your family to the next phase of your lives.
Attorney Debra L. Smith provides personalized legal services with a concentration in family and juvenile law, including divorce (issues such as alimony, child support, parenting plans and division of marital assets), paternity, adoption, modification, and care and protection matters. Her focus is to save clients money by resolving matters cooperatively whenever possible. She believes that her clients are best served by attempting to seek resolution of a matter without going to trial. Her preferred approach is to act as a collaborative attorney using a team approach with a collaborative coach and financial professional. She has been successful in reaching an amicable settlement in many disputes in over 32 years of law practice. However, in rare cases if the matter does not settle, she has substantial litigation experience.
Ms. Smith also serves as a mediator to help couples resolve their family law matter in a respectful and amicable way in the private setting in her office. Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor for Suffolk University. She has lectured for The Divorce Center, Inc., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.