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.

** Denotes Collaboratively Trained Professional

Heather J. Smethurst Esq. **

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Smethurst Law, LLC Address 79 Turnpike Rd. Suite 1, 2nd Floor Ipswich MA 01938 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex, and Southern NH Phone: (978) 356-6100 Fax: (978) 560-0644 Website: www.smethurstlaw.com
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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.

Debra L. Smith Esq. **

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Address 134 Main Street Watertown MA 02472 Phone: (617) 924-6728 Fax: (617) 924-6797 Website: www.lawdebsmith.com
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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 J. Smith Esq. **

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Collaborative Attorney and Mediator Lisa J. Smith Attorney at Law Address 220 North Main Street Suite 301 Natick MA 01760 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk & Worcester Phone: (508) 653-0119 Fax: (508) 652-0011 Website: www.FamilyLawChoices.com
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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 Esq.

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Attorney Solomon Law Practice Home 190 Mystic Valley Parkway Arlington MA 02474 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk Phone: (617) 201-9060 Fax: (781) 316-1566 Website: www.solomonlawpractice.com
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Matthew Solomon brings over ten years experience as a family law attorney. He has worked as an associate for a small family law firm in Brookline, MA and now practices as a solo attorney for his own firm.

Matthew seeks to establish a strong connection with his clients, which in turn fosters a productive attorney-client relationship and ensures effective communication. Matthew brings an individualized approach to each client and case.

Family Law is often emotional, overwhelming, and disorienting and Matthew seeks to help his clients determine what is most important and to set realistic goals that take into account the impact on the entire family. He has recently begun to offer mediation as a service as well. Matthew has extensive legal expertise and comprehensive experience in probate courts throughout the state.

Alicia Southwell LICSW

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Home 83 Loring Road 1/2 mile from intersection of Rte. 128 & Mass Pike Weston MA 02493 Counties served: Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex Phone: (781) 718-0573
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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.

Susan D. Stamps Esq. **

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Law Offices of Susan D. Stamps Address 9 Damonmill Square Suite 5D Concord MA 01742 Phone: (978) 371-3131 Fax: (978) 371-2378 Website: www.stamps-law.com
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Attorney Stamps has over 25 years experience in family law and specializes in complex custody, financial and tax matters. Her firm offers litigation, mediation, and collaborative law services to clients in divorce and post-divorce matters. They also offer prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements as well as Guardian ad Litem and parent coordinator services. Call or email for a free consultation.

Linda Sternberg Esq. **

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Sternberg Law Address 10 Tremont Street Suite 200 Boston MA 02108-2008 Counties served: Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex, Worcester, Plymouth Phone: (617) 722-8300 Fax: (617) 722-8350 Website: www.SternbergLaw.com
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Attorney Linda Sternberg has practiced family law in the greater Boston area for more than 30 years. Linda is a collaborative practitioner, mediator and litigator in all aspects of family law. Her areas of expertise and experience include divorce, paternity, child support, alimony/spousal support, custody and parenting plans, guardianships and conservatorships, modifications and contempt actions. Attorney Sternberg serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and also as an attorney for children. Attorney Sternberg is devoted to helping families resolve their disputes as amicably as possible using her wealth of experience, strong advocacy, empathy, compassion and sense of humor. For more information, see http://www.SternbergLaw.com.

Marcia E. Tannenbaum Esq. **

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Attorney – Mediator – Collaborative lawyer Solutions Through Mediation Address 57 Brownell Street Worcester MA 01602-3321 Counties served: Worcester, all of MA for mediation Phone: (508) 798-4090 Fax: (508) 753-5840 Website: solutionsthroughmediation.com
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Mediation and Collaborative Process are paths to peace between parties. By providing a safe space in which conflict can be addressed and options explored, I give my clients the very best opportunity to heal and grow. Shared Parenting and other workable approaches to divorce with children, minimize the damage that divorce can create in the lives of all family members.

When non-adversarial approaches are untenable, I provide compassionate and experienced litigation and settlement representation.

Doris F. Tennant Esq. **

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Tennant Lubell, LLC Address 288 Walnut Street Suite 500 Newton MA 02460 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex Phone: (617) 969-9610 Fax: (617) 969-9611 Website: www.tllawgroup.com
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Doris Tennant specializes in divorce settlements that spare parents and children the emotional toll of court contested cases. Facilitating the resolution of divorces through either the Collaborative Law process, mediation, negotiation, or arbitration, she concentrates on helping achieve reasonable and realistic agreements without a judge imposing a solution. Contact Doris for a 20-minute telephone consultation at no charge, or schedule an in-person substantive consultation with her for 75 minutes at a reduced rate.

Lauren D. Toli **

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Financial Advisor Balance Wealth Advisor Address 60 Walnut Street Suite 101A Wellesley MA 02148 Phone: (781) 772-2480 Website: www.balancewealthadvisor.com
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Lauren Toli follows a simple guiding principle when working with clients: she won’t give anyone advice that she wouldn’t give to her own family. Her motivation is to help people weather the “crisis” and create a financial stability.

Karen Van Kooy Esq. **

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Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC Home 1318 Beacon Street Suite 19 Brookline MA 02446 Counties served: Norfolk Phone: (617) 277-3774 Fax: (617) 277-6520 Website: www.ivkdlaw.com Blog: www.yourfamilymatterslawblog.com
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Karen Van Kooy is a partner at Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC located in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. Karen represents women and men in all stages of family transitions, including divorce, custody, child support and post-divorce matters. Karen also works with people to create fair and loving pre and post nuptial agreements to strengthen their marriage. Central to Karen’s approach in domestic relations matter is to attend to the immediate needs of a client, whose life may be in upheaval, while assisting the client in defining the big picture: life after the transition. Finding the right process for each situation, whether it is litigation, mediation or the collaborative law process is an essential first step, and Karen is trained and practices all three approaches. Karen is a board member of the Divorce Center.

Marion Lee Wasserman Esq. **

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Attorney/ Mediator Reach Accord Law and Mediation Services Address 189 Wells Avenue Third Floor Newton MA 02459 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester Phone: (781) 449-4815 Fax: (781) 433-0405 Website: www.reachaccord.com
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Attorney Marion Lee Wasserman emphasizes dispute resolution, not dispute escalation. In addition to mediation and collaborative law, she offers traditional legal representation emphasizing negotiated settlement. Marion has a special interest in divorce and parent-child issues, including the structuring of parenting plans and including financially complex divorces. She is a former Vice President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and formerly served on the MCFM Board of Directors.

Areas of practice: divorce, post-divorce, custody, parenting plans, temporary separation, prenuptial agreements, relationship agreements.

Heidi Werther

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Professional Coach, Mediator, Consultant Address 67 Cynthia Road Needham MA 02494 Counties served: Norfolk, Suffolk, Bristol, Middlesex, Newport, ProvidenceAddress Additional office in Portsmouth, RI Phone: (617) 365-9550 Website: http://heidiwerther.com
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Heidi Werther works with individuals, groups, and families helping them to realize they have options; they have choices. As a family mediator, she specializes in divorce related matters including child custody, support, parenting plans, and modifications. She facilitates conversations empowering her clients to uncover what’s important to them; to allow them to resolve conflict, move forward and develop creative solutions that work for them. Heidi knows that her clients are the best to determine how to move beyond their conflict. She values the long-term benefit that communication during the divorce process can bring.

Heidi obtained her MS, Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through CTI, Coaches Training Institute. She is also certified under the International Coach Federation as an ACC. Heidi is a member of several mediation and coaching organizations, and is an active board member on three boards; Center for Mediation and Collaboration of Rhode Island, Boston Cancer Support, and Child & Family Rhode Island.

Kim U. Whelan CDFA™

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Mediator, CDFA™ Kim Whelan Mediation Address 60 Austin Street, Suite 210 Newton MA 02460 Counties served: Norfolk, Middlesex, Suffolk, Plymouth Phone: (617) 581-0747 Website: kimwhelanmediation.com
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Kim helps families navigate the often complex divorce process in a more productive way. Through compassion, financial savvy, and a deep commitment to mediation, she strives to preserve each party’s emotional and financial integrity for life going forward.

Kim’s MBA, CDFA™, and business experience provides her with the financial expertise to help you navigate the financial maze divorce presents. She can translate these complex decisions into plain terms, allowing each party to fully understand the options available. With years of extensive training and staying current on developments in family law, divorce financial analysis, and mediation, Kim brings a wealth of experience and a good dose of common sense to this often emotional and stressful time of life.

Kim appreciates how difficult separating a family can be – being divorced herself – but she also brings optimism to the process having seen people survive and flourish after working together through mediation. When each parent can focus on what matters for them, each other, and their family, the sound decisions resulting from mediation enable everyone to build a better emotional and financial foundation for the future.

Fran L. Whyman Esq. **

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Whyman Law and Mediation Home 220 North Main Street Natick MA 01760 Counties: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester Phone: (508) 655-0700 Fax: (508) 653-0019 Website: WhymanLawandMediation.com
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Fran Whyman’s practice, Whyman Law & Mediation, is devoted exclusively to helping individuals and couples reach an out-of-court resolution of their family law matters, in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. The practice helps individuals reach a separation agreement to become divorced, an agreement to stay married, an agreement to modify terms of a previous divorce judgment, a premarital agreement. Child support, alimony, division of assets, health insurance, and payments for college, are some of the family law issues addressed in working with clients, through a number of different methods, including mediation, the Collaborative Law Process, or lawyer-to-lawyer negotiation.

Lorri Seibert Woodacre Esq. **

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Law Offices of Lorri Woodacre Address 8 Grove Street Suite 402 Wellesley MA 02482 Counties served: Middlesex, Bristol, Worcester, Suffolk, PlymouthAddress 45 Summer Street Natick MA 01760 Phone: (781) 237-6020 Fax: (781) 237-6020 Website: www.woodacrelaw.com
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Attorney Woodacre’s practice concentrates in custody, litigation, division of assets, alimony, modification, relocation and child custody cases often involving forensic litigation and mediation skills. It is a full service family law boutique highly experienced in litigation and child custody and removal cases.   She maintains two offices, one in Wellesley, the other in Natick working in Greater Boston courts as well as Bristol and Worcester Counties where she can meet clients at a satellite location. Her practice is not limited by geography. Spanish facility.