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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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 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 more than three decades of indispensable contributions to the legal sector, Vicki L. Shemin, J.D., LICSW, ACSW, has been recognized for her professional success as an attorney at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, a multidisciplinary law firm notably devoted to an alternative conflict resolution orientation to the practice of law. With her dual-degree in clinical social work and family law, Ms. Shemin is distinctively well-suited to offer clients an array of dispute resolution options including mediation, collaborative law, consultation and coaching, settlement negotiations, parenting coordination, guardian ad litem evaluative opinions, pre-marital and post-nuptial agreements – and even has a sub-specialization in handling cases for those interested in working on “agreements to stay married.”
Her interest in “paying it forward” is evidenced both in the writing and publication of her scholarly articles and chapter for “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning” for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), as well as in her time that was devoted to being an adjunct instructor in family law, ethics and mental health law at Boston University School of Social Work, and as a guest lecturer for the American Bar Association, MCLE, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. (MCFM).
Attorney Shemin is also a Florida Supreme Court certified family law mediator, is credentialed as a certified family mediator by MCFM, has earned a 10.0 “excellent” AVVO rating, and has recently been inducted into the Worldwide Registry for her many accomplishments. She is also a founding member of the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators; an Executive Board Member of MCFM; and co-chair of the Greater Boston Collaborative Law Practice Group.
Attorney Shemin is currently working on a book entitled – “Letters To Ex-Spouses:…And I Just Wanted You To Know”. (If interested in contributing anonymously to the book, please contact Attorney Shemin directly.)
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.
Lisa offers her clients options to resolve divorces amicably and with dignity. With Lisa’s assistance, you and your spouse will make the important decisions about your finances and your family within a timeframe that works well for both of you. All settlement discussions are private. Lisa’s approach to divorce is to view it as a process to move you towards new goals-not just to end a marriage.
You may schedule a first meeting on your own or with your spouse. During the first meeting, Lisa will explain the process options which may be available. Lisa helps clients with issues including divorce, child support, alimony, parenting plans, paternity and mediation to stay married matters.
Lisa is an experienced collaborative attorney and divorce mediator. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (M.C.L.C.) and has chaired many state-wide committees in this field. Based on Lisa’s skill, education and experience, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (M.C.F.M.) has distinguished Lisa as one of the approximately 30 professionals in Massachusetts to be a Certified Divorce Mediator.
Matthew Solomon is an associate at Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC located in Coolidge Corner, Brookline.
Alicia Southwell is a psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and families at her home office in Weston. Alicia runs two ongoing support called “Women in Separation and Divorce.” The groups are for women in all stages of the divorce process, from contemplation through post-divorce. The groups take place on Mondays from 7-8:30 PM and Thursdays from 7-8:30 PM.
You are not alone in this, one of life’s most stressful and challenging transitions. If you are contemplating or navigating the divorce process, you may find that you are experiencing what can feel like an overwhelming range of emotions. Sharing your experience with others who are going through something similar can greatly reduce feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, sadness, anger, guilt, and shame, among others.
Divorce involves the loss of the dreams and the life that you had at one time imagined for yourself. These losses need to be mourned in order to successfully put the past in the past, get beyond the divorce, and move forward into your preferred life. This difficult period of ending also offers life-changing opportunities for new beginnings, personal growth, and getting the life you want for yourself.
Please call or email for more information or to set up a no-fee consultation, which is required before joining the group.