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Beth L. Aarons Esq. **

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Attorney, Mediator, Collaborative Professional Aarons Law & Mediation Address 60 Austin Street Suite 210 Newtonville MA 02460 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester Phone: (617) 964-7870 Website:

Beth established her current law practice in Newtonville, MA in 2001. While her career is focused in law, her social work and psychology background have informed her connection with clients, child-focused family law work, and ability to finesse complex family dynamics.

Beth’s background and experience have provided insight in shaping creative and thoughtful estate plans and parenting plans. Beth’s estate planning practice also includes work with small or family-owned businesses, step-families, and same-sex families to create sound plans of business succession and estate tax planning. Her probate work includes representing clients through every step of the probate process, from initial appointment as Personal Representative to estate closure.

Beth strives to assist clients in family law and probate matters in achieving out-of-court resolutions, in order to help clients avoid prolonged, expensive, and contentious litigation. Beth is an MCFM Certified Mediator, mediating divorces, parenting plans, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, multigenerational/elder issues, and probate & estate matters. Beth also represents individuals in mediation, conciliation, or arbitration with another neutral, and is a Collaborative Law attorney for divorce and probate matters. Beth’s family law practice also includes adoption, birth family search, guardianships of minors and adults, and appointments as a Guardian ad Litem investigator.

Anthony C. Adamopoulos Esq. **

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Attorney at Law Anthony C. Adamopoulos’ Divorce Resolution Services Address 133 Washington Street Salem MA 01970 Counties Served: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk Phone: (978) 744-9591 Website:

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.

Agreement Resources LLC **

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Contact: Crystal Thorpe Address 30 Walpole Street Norwood MA 02062 Counties Served: Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk Phone: (617) 621-7009 x24 Website:

Agreement Resources, LLC has been providing divorce mediation services since 2004 (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.
We understand how difficult the divorce process can be and specialize in Making Hard Conversations Easier.™

Our divorce mediators help you to:

  • Identify the topics you need to discuss in order to navigate the divorce process.
  • Consider and discuss your goals, needs, interests and options, and the best interests of your children.
  • Have productive conversations to:
      1. Divide assets and liabilities,
      2. Build a durable parenting plan,
      3. Consider spousal and/or child support,
      4. Identify how to maintain health insurance, and
      5. Discuss tax topics related to your divorce.
  • At the end of the process, we prepare a clear and comprehensive document reflecting the decisions you and your spouse have reached.
    Our mediators focus on ensuring that each of you is heard and understood. We help you gain clarity on what is important to you, so that together you can craft your own workable solutions, customized to your needs and informed by Massachusetts guidelines.

    Our Team:
    Each of our panel members provides divorce, post-divorce, and marital mediation, as well as co-parenting mediation for never-married parents. We also provide 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.

    Halee Burg is a regular presenter at the Divorce Center’s “Divorce Matters for You” workshops; she was a practicing attorney before choosing to focus solely on 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 the Harvard Mediation Program.

    Agreement Resources, LLC is approved to receive referrals from the Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk Divisions of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Department, although a referral from the courts is not required to seek services.

    Mediation sessions are available in Norwood, Natick, and Marlboro. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

Auburndale Center for Divorce **

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address Riverside Center 275 Grove Street Building Two, Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Counties served: AllAddress Law Office of Karl W. Topor 187 Sykes Street Palmer MA 01069 Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Phone: (413) 283-8002 (Palmer) Website:

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 currently President of The Divorce Center having served as co-president in prior years.  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.

Shannon Murphy Barnes Esq. **

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Barnes and Leighton Address 265 Essex St. Suite 202 Salem MA 01970 County Served: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk Phone: (978) 744-5444 Fax: (978) 744-5443 Website:

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.

Judith Farris Bowman Esq.

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Judith Farris Bowman, Attorney at Law Address 62 Buckingham Street Cambridge MA 02138 Counties served: Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk Phone: (617) 877-9188 Fax: (617) 661-5809 (call first) Website:

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.

Chris Chen CFP®, CDFA™ **

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Wealth Strategist, Mediator Insight Financial Strategists LLC Address 271 Waverley Oaks Road Suite 102 Waltham MA 02452 Counties served: Middlesex, Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk Phone: (781) 489-3994 Website:

Chris Chen supports families in conflict and their mediators and lawyers with expert advice as a financial neutral, an adviser for one the parties, or as a co-mediator.
People who have gone through divorce often find that a better understanding of their financial context may have helped them plan and negotiate outcomes that may have fitted their interests and situations better.
Chris helps families and individuals:
– think financially, not emotionally
– understand the financial impact of settlement possibilities
– craft creative proposals that are fair to both parties

Chris helps mediators:
– by enabling the parties to provide Informed Consent
– with support for the less knowledgeable or powerful spouse
– explore the impact of taxes on scenarios

Chris helps all parties involved with subject matter expertise on
– retirement plan evaluation
– executive compensation issues
– planning for difficult issues such as college financial aid planning

Chris is a CFP practitioner, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, a collaborative law financial neutral, and a trained Mediator.

Jody Comins **

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Divorce and Family Mediator; Collaborative Coach A Better Way: Divorce Mediation Address 9 Main Street Southboro MA 01772 Counties served: Middlesex, Worcester Phone: (617) 658-3586 Website:

As an Adult Child of Divorce, Jody has a long-time experience with divorce. As a Divorce and Family Mediator, her knowledge and training help clients facilitate the necessary conversations to navigate their divorce. Taking a child-centered approach when working with parents. Jodi understands the stress the separation process can bring to your family and can help you reach a compromise. She is a trained Mediator and also a Collaborative Coach.

Jody has been involved in the Boston community for over 25 years and also mediates LGBTQ divorces, domestic partnership separations, in-law disputes, child support, and parenting plans. In addition to her private practice, she is a mediator with MWI (Mediation Works, Inc) in Boston and Divorceify, a court-approved facilitator for the Parent Education courses, and currently teaches for The Divorce Center and MWI. She is the creator of “Honor Thy Children, Jewish Parenting through a Divorce Lens,” a 4-part workshop. She is a mentor for volunteer mediators in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court and a frequent guest mediator during mediation trainings.

Jody completed her Masters in Social Work at Boston University in 1997. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Divorce Center, Divorceify, Kids First Parents Second, and the  Massachusetts Council of Family Mediators, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Lynn K. Cooper Ed.D., A.B.P.P. **

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Psychologist, Family Mediator Address 262 Kenrick Street Newton MA 02458 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk Phone: (617) 527-3152 Fax: (617) 332-6442 Website:

Lynn K. Cooper, Ed.D., A.B.P.P. is a licensed and Board Certified clinical psychologist and a divorce mediator certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), with an office in Newton MA. She is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors of the MCFM, and was honored to receive the 2016 John Fiske Award for Excellence in Mediation. She loves doing this work!

Susan M DeMatteo Esq. **

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Attorney and Mediator Law Offices of Susan M DeMatteo Address 34 Salem St. Suite 202 Reading MA 01867 Counties served: Middlesex and Essex Phone: (781) 942-2800 Fax: (781) 942-2493 Website:

Attorney Susan DeMatteo has been practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over thirty years. She is an experienced collaborative lawyer and mediator. She focuses her practice on all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, parenting, child support, property division, adoption, alimony, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, guardianships of minors and adoptions. She recognizes that clients seek her advice and counsel during very difficult times in their lives. She strives to meet their legal needs with compassion and respect while empowering them to reach their new goals. She believes that most family law matters can be resolved using collaborative law, mediation, or direct settlement negotiation.

Attorney DeMatteo believes that the selection of the right professional for each client is one of the most important steps in the resolution of family law issues. She welcomes the opportunity to speak with individuals facing divorce, separation or other family law issues. Her offices are located conveniently in Reading Square. She is happy to schedule flexible appointments to meet the needs of her clients.

David Feldman Esq. **

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Feldman Family Law Address 60 Walnut Street Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 235-3723 Fax: (781) 997-1633 Website:

Attorney David Feldman is a family law attorney with 38 years of experience. Feldman Family Law in Wellesley specializes in providing legal representation in the areas of divorce, custody disputes including international custody disputes, alimony, parenting plans, parental relocation and removal cases and high asset divorce. Attorney Feldman also has extensive experience in advising clients with regards to the drafting and negotiation of premarital agreements.

Attorney Feldman is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Norfolk County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts Association of Guardian ad Litem.

He has also been trained as a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, and acts as a Conciliator in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court.

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:

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.

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:

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:

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.

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:

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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: Website:

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.


Beth H. Ross MSW, LICSW **

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Clinical Social Worker/Therapist/Divorce Mediator/Collaborative Coach Mending Fences Institute Address 866 Washington Street Canton MA 02021 Phone: (781) 821-4606 Mobile: (781) 249-2156 Fax: (781) 821-4606 Website:

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.

A former board member of the Divorce Center, she is an instructor for the court-mandated Parents Apart course 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.


Julia Rueschemeyer Esq. **

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Attorney and Mediator Attorney Julia Rueschemeyer Divorce Mediation Address 75 Market St. 3rd Floor Springfield MA 01103 Counties served: Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire, and Worcester Phone: (413) 885-9338 Website:

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.

Thomas E. Seder CFP®, CDFA™ **

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Divorce Financial Consultant and Mediator Address 18 Winslow Road Belmont MA 02478 Counties served: Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk Phone: (617) 484-0871

Tom is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ and fee-only financial planner, 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 Advisor 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, and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

Vicki L. Shemin J.D., LICSW, ACSW **

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Partner Fields and Dennis, LLP Address 80 William Street Suite 210 Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 489-6776 Fax: (781) 489-6233 Website:

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. She has met all the requirements for and has been approved for inclusion on, the Category V Parenting Coordinator fee-generating appointment list for the Probate and Family Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is also a Board Member and Founding Member of the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators.

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:

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:

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:

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.

Susan D. Stamps Esq. **

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Attorney Law Offices of Susan D. Stamps Address 9 Damonmill Square Suite 5D Concord MA 01742 Phone: (978) 371-3131 Fax: (978) 371-2378 Website:

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:

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

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:

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:

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.

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: Blog:

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 the chairperson of the Parents Apart program and a former 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:

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.

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:

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 Suite 301 Natick MA 01760 Counties: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester, Essex Phone: (508) 655-0700 Fax: (508) 653-0019 Website:

Fran Whyman devotes her family law practice, Whyman Law and Mediation, to helping clients reach out-of-court settlement of their family law matters in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Fran uses mediation,
collaborative law, and negotiation to facilitate resolution of areas requiring resolution in a divorce, including, for example, parenting plans, child support, alimony, asset division, health insurance and college expenses. She uses marital mediation to assist couples in their efforts to reach agreements that will help them in their efforts to stay married.

Based on her experience and knowledge in the field of family law mediation, Fran is one of approximately 35 mediators in Massachusetts who has been awarded certification status by the Massachusetts Council
on Family Mediation.

Fran is the former President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), and a current
Executive Board Member of MCFM. She is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.

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, Plymouth Phone: (781) 237-6020 Fax: (781) 237-6020 Website:

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 works in all 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.

** Denotes Collaboratively Trained Professional