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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.
Mediating a divorce settlement helps prevent the potentially damaging impact of an adversarial divorce.
At Agreement Resources, LLC, our divorce mediators help you to:
- Identify the decisions you need to make in order to navigate the divorce process.
- Have productive conversations to:
- Divide assets and liabilities,
- Build a durable parenting plan,
- Consider spousal and/or child support,
- Identify how to maintain health insurance, and
- Discuss tax topics related to your divorce.
- Consider and discuss your interests and options, and the best interests of your children.
- Document your decisions at the conclusion of the process.
Our mediators focus on ensuring that you are each heard and understood. They help you both gain clarity on what is important to you, so that together you can craft your own workable solutions, custom-made and informed by Massachusetts guidelines.
Agreement Resources, LLC has been providing divorce mediation services since 2003 (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.
Each of our panel members provides divorce, post-divorce, and marital mediation, as well as mediation for never-married parents. Each also provides 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.
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 for the Harvard Mediation Program.
Halee Burg, the most recent addition to our team, brings several years of professional experience mediating divorce, marital, and adult family cases, and actively mediates on several community mediation panels.
Mediation sessions are available in Norwood and several Metrowest locations.
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 in his second term as Co-President of The Divorce Center. 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.
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.
Mass Mediation Associates can help resolve your dispute. You can avoid court completely, terminate existing lengthy litigation, cut costs, get better and longer-lasting results, keep your matter confidential, move forward productively with your personal life or your business, and preserve your relationships.
Lynn K. Cooper, Ed.D., A.B.P.P., is a licensed and Board-Certified clinical psychologist, a divorce mediator certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and a collaborative coach, with an office in Newton, MA. She is a past president, Certification Committee chairperson and current member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and she is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Attorney David Feldman is a family law attorney with 37 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 Guardians ad Litem.
Attorney Feldman has also been trained as a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer and acts as a Conciliator in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court.
Attorney Finn practices in the area of family law with a concentration in collaborative law, a non-adversarial approach to resolving conflict. Dan has been involved in collaborative law since its inception in Massachusetts. He is a director and past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. He is also a Director of The Divorce Center. He also has a family mediation practice.
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.
Ms. Gurevich is a trained divorce mediator and clinical social worker with experience of working with divorcing couples and families both in the legal and the mental health settings. In addition to providing divorce and family mediation services, She offers counseling to individuals, couples and families as well as parenting consultation and education and divorce coaching, She is a certified instructor for the Divorce Center/Parents Apart parent education program.
Her professional training and experience make her uniquely qualified to help people reach agreement and develop practical and cost-effective solutions that meet their individual family needs. Her goal is to assist the clients in developing solutions that work for the entire family and to help reduce the level of conflict between the parents during and post-divorce.
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 is a 1992 graduate of Northeastern University Law School and specializes in family law, co-parent adoption, and mediation, with an emphasis on legal issues affecting lesbian and gay families. Attorney Kauffman has written numerous articles on these issues and is a frequent speaker at seminars, conferences, and in community settings on issues of importance to lesbian and gay parents, co-parent adoption, and family law, and more recently, on how same-sex marriage impacts the lesbian and gay community.
Attorney Kauffman is a past Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association (MLGBA) and past chair of the MLGBA’s Family Law Section. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Family Pride Coalition, a national organization advocating for lesbian and gay families. She is the recipient of the 2003 Barney Frank Award from the Massachusetts School of Law, the 2005 Fisher Davenport Award from the Family Pride Coalition honoring her for her contributions to lesbian and gay families, and the recipient of the 2007 Gwen Bloomingdale Pioneer Spirit Award from the MLGBA.
Justin Kelsey is a collaborative divorce attorney and mediator with offices in Framingham and Hingham, Massachusetts. Justin is the Treasurer of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, is on the board of the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediators, and is on the Family Law Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association. Justin is also a former member of the Board of Directors of The Divorce Center. To learn more about Justin and his practice please visit skylarklaw.com.
The Levitt Law Group, a firm dedicated exclusively to family law, is a team of professionals who bring compassion and hard work to the legal services they provide to clients. Attorneys Levitt, Wells, and Weber of the Levitt Law Group bring years of experience to helping clients with divorce and other family problems.
Attorney Karen J. Levitt, founder of the Levitt Law Group, has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of family law and conflict resolution. Services provided range from representation in the traditional litigation process, to the creative solutions offered by mediation and collaborative law where Karen has specialized training. Areas of focus include divorce, post-divorce, paternity, alimony and child support, parenting plans, division of assets, and other family law related areas such as guardianship. Karen also serves as a Guardian ad Litem and parenting coordinator. She has a law degree from Boston University School of Law, is a founder and past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), has served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
Attorney Andrea M. Wells has over 15 years of family law experience. Her practice focuses on domestic relations matters including divorce, custody, child support, paternity, and adoption. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Attorney Wells practiced as an associate at a domestic relations law firm in Boston, MA., and served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. She received her law degree from Western New England University School of Law. She is trained and experienced in Limited Assistance Representation, collaborative law, and mediation. She also serves as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem and parenting coordinator. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and the Texas Bar Association.
Attorney Emily A. Weber joined the Levitt Law Group in 2011. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law. Attorney Weber is trained in collaborative law, mediation and Limited Assistance Representation. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Tri-River Practice Group.
Dr. Lewis is a psychologist, with more than 25 years experience. He is a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and on the Board of Directors of MAGAL, Inc. He is Divorce Mediator and a “Parents Apart” instructor.
Attorney Marks has been practicing family law for over 25 years and believes that a negotiated solution is better than 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 and conciliation services through his own practice, the North Shore Community Mediation Center, Mediation Works, Inc., and the Essex County Bar Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Shore Community Mediation Center. Attorney Marks is also trained and experienced in Limited Assistance Representation. He is a regular participant in the Divorce Center’s “Divorce Matters For You” workshops on the North Shore.
Carol Lynn May is an experienced attorney whose practice is concentrated in family law (divorce, separation, custody, visitation, prenuptial, post marital, and living together agreements, adoptions, and guardianships), mediation, and collaborative law. Carol Lynn has served for two years as Co-President of the Divorce Center, and is a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; a member of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association, and a member of the Worcester County Bar Association and Metrowest Bar Association. She also is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
Diane C. Pappas is the Principal and Owner of Solutions For Divorce, an independent, fee-only divorce financial planning firm serving the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and the Metrowest/Boston areas. Diane is a Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, a Financial Neutral and a trained Mediator. She is also the Co-President of The Divorce Center.
Drawing on over 20 years of life and work experience, including her own divorce, Diane helps her clients navigate the complex financial issues they are faced with during the divorce process. As a single mother of two college-aged children, Diane understands the complex challenges that both men and women face in today’s world and works hard to find the right solution to meet their needs.
She is passionate about educating her clients and takes the time to explain their options, analyze tax consequences and provide future financial projections for peace of mind. Diane knows that clients cannot make these important decisions without being informed of all the possible issues and outcomes.
As an experienced, trained Financial Neutral, Diane plays a key role in the Collaborative process by assisting her clients and the team with the data and analysis they need to reach a fair and equitable resolution outside of the courts. As a Financial Mediator, she helps couples understand their finances before moving forward with a settlement.
There is a great life after divorce, let Diane help you get there.
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.
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, guardianship of children, 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 31 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. She has accepted Guardian ad Litem appointments from the court and has represented children in juvenile matters for over 25 years. 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.
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.
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.
Primary practice areas are family and probate court matters. Attorney Sullivan has 25+ years of experience. Her services include mediation, collaborative law, negotiated settlements and selected litigation cases.
Doris Tennant specializes in divorce settlements that spare parents and children the emotional toll of court contested cases. Cognizant of the protracted nature of litigation and its long-term effect on the parties, she facilitates the resolution of divorces by focusing on alternative dispute resolution techniques including Collaborative Practice, mediation, arbitration and negotiation. She concentrates on helping parties identify interests, explore options, and achieve realistic and reasonable agreements without a judge imposing a solution.
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.
Attorney Wasserman emphasizes dispute resolution, not dispute escalation. In addition to mediation and collaborative law, she offers traditional legal representation emphasizing negotiated settlement. Attorney Wasserman has a special interest in divorce and parent-child issues, including the structuring of parenting plans. She is a former Vice President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is currently on the MCFM Board of Directors.
Areas of practice: divorce, post-divorce, custody, parenting plans, temporary separation, prenuptial agreements, relationship agreements, nontraditional relationships and family business.
Patricia M. Watson is certified as a mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and has been a mediator for 19 years. She has been a practicing attorney since 1979, and is a founding partner of Watson & Watson, P.C. Pat is strictly a neutral, and does not offer individual representation in divorce. She believes never acting as an advocate is important to maintain her integrity and reputation as a neutral. Her law partner, Douglas Watson, maintains a traditional family law practice. Pat offers mediation services in the areas of divorce, separation, post-divorce, child support, alimony, parenting plans, complex asset division, paternity, pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements. Pat graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1979. She has also served as a pro-bono Conciliator for the Essex Superior Court for over 20 years. She is a Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Massachusetts Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association (former Executive Board member) and is former President of the Newburyport Bar Association. Pat also offers convenient evening hours to parties upon request.
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 two boards; Center for Mediation and Collaboration of Rhode Island and Boston Cancer Support.
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 planning, 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.
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.
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