** Denotes Collaborative Law Attorney
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 protect couples from the destructive effects of an adversarial divorce. For couples with children, mediation helps them separate their spousal role, which is ending, from their parenting role, which is continuing. Our divorce mediators help our clients to:
• Identify the decisions they need to make in order to navigate the divorce process.
• Consider and discuss their interests and options.
• Document their decisions.
Crystal Thorpe is a mediator, trainer, co-founder, and principal of Agreement Resources, LLC, specializing in divorce mediation, and its division Elder Decisions® – which provides conflict resolution services for eldercare professionals, seniors and their families.
Arline Kardasis is a mediator, trainer, conflict coach and co-founder of Agreement Resources, LLC and Elder Decisions®. Her family mediation and conflict coaching practice includes divorce, post-divorce and marital mediation as well as elder mediation.
Rikk Larsen is a co-founder of Elder Decisions® where he is a mediator, trainer and conflict coach. At Agreement Resources, LLC, Rikk’s mediation and conflict coaching practice includes divorce, post-divorce, marital mediation, and life coaching. He has created and presented conflict skills trainings to eldercare professionals from around New England.
Honorable John R. Maher (retired) – Judge Maher (retired) has an active mediation/arbitration practice, concentrating in the areas of trusts and estates, elder law, real estate, and business dissolutions. Judge Maher served as the Administrative Judge of the New Hampshire Probate Courts from 1990 until he retired in 2007.
Blair Trippe is a mediator, trainer, family business consultant, and co-founder of Agreement Resources, LLC where she mediates workplace and family disputes including eldercare and estates issues. She is also a partner with Continuity Family Business Consulting.
Stephen M. Linsky is a mediator, arbitrator, and collaborative attorney who has provided dispute resolution services over the past twenty years in many hundreds of private, court and public agency connected matters in nearly all areas of civil practice, particularly in the areas of family and employment.
Mediation sessions are available in:
Norwood at 30 Walpole Street (across from the Morrill Memorial Library),
Lexington at 175 Bedford Street, Suite 5, or in a location of your choosing.
Amaral & Associates, P.C. is a small firm that concentrates in all aspects of divorce and family law, including, but not limited to: including divorce, divorce mediation, child custody and support, alimony, modification and contempt actions, paternity, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Amaral & Associates, P.C. has offices in Boston and Winthrop.
Attorney Edward L. Amaral, Jr. is a long time believer in integrating state of the art technology into the antiquated legal profession, especially divorce mediation. He is the President of Amaral & Associates P.C. and his practice primarily focuses on divorce mediation through a program that he developed that is quick, inexpensive and thorough. For the last 23 years, he has negotiated and mediated hundreds of cases on issues including divorce, divorce mediation, property, support, custody and parental rights, ante-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and complex financial matters. Amaral has also authored over 100 articles on divorce and divorce mediation, including his most recent eBook titled “Divorce Mediation.”
Karl Topor 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. His services offer an alternative to a long drawn out battle in the court arena.
Aside from being a Divorce Mediator, in his lawyer role, he also does Collaborative Law and acts as a Conciliator in the Probate and Family Courts of Massachusetts. The majority of his legal practice emphasizes Family and Matrimonial Law. Karl is dedicated to solving problems and minimizing litigation by helping two parties in a divorce come to a mutual agreement. He emphasizes the importance of children in the process of divorce. 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 is also a certified Guardian ad Litem and a Parent Coordinator.
Judith Bowman has specialized in family law for the past 25 years. Her practice now focuses on mediation and parenting coordination as well as serving as a Guardian ad Litem in the Probate and Family Court.
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.
The Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution (CDMR) is under the directorship of Lynne C. Halem, Ph.D., a recognized specialist in family policy and family law with a doctorate from Harvard University. Dr. Halem has worked exclusively as a family and business mediator since 1981. She is the author of two acclaimed books on divorce law and public policy: “Divorce Reform: Changing Legal and Social Perspectives,” a featured selection of the Lawyers’ Literary Club, and “Separated and Divorced Women.” Prior to entering the mediation field, Dr. Halem was a consultant working with businesses in the public and private sectors. She has served on the American Arbitration Association’s Family Dispute Service Panel, as a past president (two terms) of The Mass Council of Family Mediation, and former board member of the Divorce Center. Dr. Halem’s breadth of experience ensures both efficiency in the resolution process and innovative solutions to even the most complicated financial situations. Dr. Halem’s thirty plus years of experience, and meticulous foresight define her firm’s commitment to build a framework, and relevant agreements, that will stand the test of time, and guide the re-defined family through the complications of property and asset division, alimony, and child support to solid future family planning. CMDR’s agreements are widely praised by clients and professionals for clarity and attention to detail, for creating a thorough and thoughtful roadmap to guide you now and in the future. Since 1982, the Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution has been a leader in its field. Based in Wellesley, Massachusetts our clients come from Norfolk, Middlesex, Suffolk, Plymouth, Worcester, Essex, and Bristol counties. Each mediator is trained and experienced in helping you to consider all aspects pertaining to your dispute and to reach an agreement that is workable for all parties.
CMDR specializes in all aspects of family mediation including separation, divorce, post-divorce mediation, trial separation agreements, and parenting plans. We also handle prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and elder mediation. Expanded hours of service, including evenings and weekends are available.
Halee Burg, J.D., is a family mediator and attorney, whose practice is limited solely to mediation. Ms. Burg holds a JD from The Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. Ms. Burg’s area of expertise is family and relational disputes (eg. adult siblings, parent/child). In addition, Ms. Burg offers mediation services in all area of separation and divorce. Ms. Burg serves on the panels for several community organizations providing mediation services in the Greater Boston area District Courts. She is a member of the New England chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Association of Professional Family Mediators, and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
If you have any questions about our services or are unsure if your clients are right for mediation, please do call. In addition, we offer complimentary (in-person or telephone) consultations to prospective clients.
- Family and divorce mediation services
- Pre-separation parenting consultation and mediation
- Co-parenting plans, post-divorce, co-parenting mediation
- Collaborative law divorce facilitation, training and consultation
Established in 1979, the Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), is a private, not-for-profit mediation and training center dedicated to providing an alternative and affordable forum for resolving conflict.
CDSC promotes better ways to understand and deal with conflict through skilled teams of pro-bono mediators, training programs in mediation and conflict management, and broad community outreach. Our professionally trained roster of 60 pro-bono volunteer mediators comes from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.
We are committed to making our services accessible to under served populations and to addressing emerging community needs. Couples in the process of separation and divorce continue to find mediation a valuable forum for addressing the complex puzzle of financial, property, and child-related matters.
CDSC uses a co-mediation model. It offers the option to have the terms of an agreement set out in a memo form which can then be taken to respective lawyers to put into writing or CDSC mediators can help parties to draw up a Separation Agreement, to be reviewed with their attorneys. CDSC is committed to ensuring that our mediation services are accessible and affordable. We use a sliding scale from $40 to $330 per session, per person, based on each person’s individual income and assets. CDSC is a low-cost and efficient option.
With more than 10 years of experience as a divorce lawyer and a year and a half as a law clerk, Attorney Susan Rossi Cook has helped many families successfully resolve divorce cases in a way that lays a foundation for future success and collaboration.
She guides clients through divorce and related family law issues, including:
- Child custody and co-parenting
- Child support
- Alimony, also called spousal support
- Marital property division
With her representation, you will always know the status of your case, the next step and the chances of success. This allows her to offer custom-tailored representation while resolving your family law matter as quickly and efficiently as possible.
In divorce cases involving children, she is committed first and foremost to protecting those children’s interests. Attorney Cook is a member of Attorneys Representing Children, or ARC, a program that provides pro bono representation to children whose parents are going through a high-conflict divorce.
Susan maintains offices in both Franklin and Centerville, Ma.
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.
DIANE NEUMANN, J.D., M.A is the principal of Diane Neumann & Associates, the only full-service divorce mediation firm serving Boston area clients for 33 years. Diane has offices in Watertown, Newton, and the South Shore and will be opening a North Shore office. She began her mediation practice in 1981 and is recognized as one of the foremost mediators in the country. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books: Divorce Mediation: How to Cut the Cost and Stress of Divorce and Choosing a Divorce Mediator, published by Henry Holt & Co. Her experience as a licensed Massachusetts attorney, a couples and family counselor, a real estate broker, and an Internal Revenue Service Representative make her uniquely suited to help each client reach the best possible settlement. She is past president of Academy of Family Mediators and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Diane is also an Advanced Practitioner of the Association of Conflict Resolution. In addition to her practice, she has been training mediators with John Fiske since the mid 1980s.
Ellen Waldorf, J.D., is the senior mediator. Along with Diane, Ellen specializes in the mediation of clients with complicated financial situations that require a high level of expertise with couples’ high income and complex assets. She clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado.
Kirk Fallis, LL.M., began his association with the firm upon his relocation from California. He worked for the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, providing mediation and training to Massachusetts courts and government agencies. At Diane Neumann & Associates, he specializes in the mediation of all aspects of a divorce settlement.
Miriam Kosowsky, J.D. is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude. Miriam was an attorney with Sullivan & Worcester, LLP in Boston where she litigated, negotiated, and settled business contractual and tort disputes for U.S. and international private and corporate clients. She provides mediation for a full divorce settlement.
Connie Rankins, J.D. is Diane’s mediation assistant. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New England School of Law, cum laude. She worked in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court where she assisted in Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties. Connie assists in all aspects of clients’ divorce mediation.
Michele Dorsey was one of the first mediators on the South Shore and has been practicing family law for 30 years, concentrating on high conflict cases involving children. She is an Adjunct Professor at New England Law/Boston where she has taught Family Law and Mediation since 1986. Her practice includes Parenting Coordination for families experiencing high conflict, applying a Mediation/Arbitration model for resolution. Ms. Dorsey has been appointed Guardian ad Litem and Attorney for children by numerous courts. She is a member of AFCC and MA AFCC.
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.
Attorney Johanna Gatta has dedicated her career to protecting families throughout Massachusetts who need experienced legal assistance for divorce, child custody, and other family law matters in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties. Attorney Johanna Gatta also offers divorce mediation services. Call (617)791-8887 to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.
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.
Attorney Hardy is a mediation and collaborative attorney providing services to assist clients create agreements outside of court in mediation or in the collaborative process.
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.
Stephen Hitner is well-acquainted with the Massachusetts divorce process. After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars from 1996 till 2008 to get through the litigation process, he set out to bring guidelines and structure to the divorce laws in Massachusetts. In 2009 he was appointed by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary to work with representatives of the Legal Bars including the Mass Bar, the Boston Bar and the Women’s Bar. As a pro-active member of the Alimony Reform Task Force he gained the understanding of the needs of both parties of divorce, and the destructive process and outcomes of divorce litigation. Stephen has the ability to bring people together to negotiate a fair settlement so that they both can move forward with their lives.
Stephen Hitner is not an attorney, rather he is a person who went thru the process and believes that people who once were great friends should be able to continue as great parents after divorce. The fact that in many cases children are involved the major focus should be in their best interests. Divorce is the end of a marriage, it need not be the end of a family, especially when children are involved.
Stephen will strive to keep divorcing couples in control of their divorce with fairness to both sides. The last thing divorcing couples want is to have complete strangers make decisions for them that will control the rest of their lives. As a past educator, he will educate you to the Massachusetts divorce laws and the divorce process so that both parties can make informed decisions. He is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
Lisa A. Jacobowitz has focused her practice in the area of family law for over 30 years. She has represented clients in divorce, custody, visitation, support, guardianship and adoption matters. She has also represented numerous clients who have desired or been faced with, prenuptial agreements as well as those going through the mediation process as she has long been known as a “mediation friendly” lawyer. Attorney Jacobowitz is a trained mediator, collaborative lawyer and conciliator.
Attorney Karlsson is a family law mediator and collaborative attorney offering services in a broad range of family law matters, including:
- contested and uncontested divorces
- out-of-wedlock child custody and child support
- modification of prior judgments
- removal of children from Massachusetts
- prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
His practice emphasizes out-of-court resolution and interests-based negotiation to find creative and respectful solutions.
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 Clerk 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 kelseytrask.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.
Attorney Marks has been practicing family law for over 30 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 services through his own practice and through the North Shore Community Mediation Center and the Essex County Bar Association and is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Attorney Marks is also trained and experienced in Limited Assistance Representation.
A collaborative attorney and mediator, I concentrate my practice in non-adversarial dispute transformation that helps families transform or prevent dispute and thrive during times of change, including collaborative divorce, conflict coaching, and divorce and family mediation.
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.
Attorney Brian McLaughlin represents clients in the areas of Paternity, Divorce, Alimony, Child Support and Military Families. He is a certified mediator helping people facilitate through difficult issues, particularly in the areas of family mediation.
Attorney McLaughlin confronts these issues with the care and compassion that is needed to handle both the long-term implications and the short-term consequences. Helping a family navigate through these painful issues gives Attorney McLaughlin much satisfaction.
Mediation is a type of dispute resolution where a neutral facilitator leads a conversation that assists parties in prioritizing interests and creating a reasonable and mutually accepted agreement.
While litigation is sometimes a necessary means of resolving a dispute, alternative methods like mediation are available and can sometimes be an efficient and cost-effective way to settle a dispute.
Barbara Nason is a mediator, conciliator and collaborative attorney offering a wide range of services to clients and lawyers in family law matters. Barbara believes in a respectful and private approach to resolving divorce and domestic disputes.
Barbara is a board member and Vice President for Education and Training at the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.
Diane C. Pappas is a Principal at Solutions for Divorce, an independent, fee-only divorce financial planning firm serving the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Metrowest areas. Diane is a Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, a collaborative Financial Neutral and trained Mediator.
Drawing on over 20 years of life and work experience, Diane develops financial strategies and plans that solve her clients’ short and long-term issues. She is passionate about educating her clients, so that they are informed and in control of the important financial decisions they are making.
This passion is exhibited in her ability to empathize with her divorcing clients and to truly understand and appreciate each of their own unique circumstances. As a single mother of two college- aged children, Diane understands the complex challenges both men and women face in today’s world. Helping her clients navigate the complex financial intricacies of divorce and providing them with realistic options and strategies that work for their family, today and in the future, is the core of Diane’s practice. Working in conjunction with attorneys and mediators, Diane addresses all the tax and finance issues associated with the divorce process ultimately helping the team arrive at a more fair and equitable settlement. Additional focus areas include Special Needs divorce planning and post-divorce financial planning.
Diane is a member of The Divorce Center Board of Directors, a member of the Boston Chapter Association of Divorce Financial Planners, the MA Council on Family Mediation, the MA Collaborative Law Council and the Essex County Council of Estate Planning.
Beth is the founder of Mending Fences Institute. With over 20 years of experience helping individuals and families to resolve conflict and establish clear boundaries, she brings practical solutions and emotional healing to each case. Beth is adept at handling complex family dynamics whether it is trauma, relationship issues, learning disabilities, transitions or reunification.
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.
More recently her focus has been on reunification of family members; divorce mediation; and helping families make the transition from married couples with children to two 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 certified as a Collaborative Coach, Divorce Mediator, therapist and teacher. As a board member of the Divorce Center, 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, guardianad 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 on mediation, collaborative law, diversity, domestic violence and power imbalance issues in family law cases, post- divorce financial planning, and co-parenting topics 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 and has also been 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. An active member within her industry, Attorney Shemin is 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” – combining her interests in psychology and law, which she fervently believes will be a contribution to those professions, as well as to the fields of medicine and theology. (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 (on issues such as alimony, child support, parenting plans and division of marital assets), paternity, adoption, guardianship of children, modification, and care and protection matters. Ms. Smith’s focus is to save clients money by resolving matters cooperatively whenever possible. Attorney Smith believes that her clients are best served by attempting at the onset of a case to seek resolution of a matter as a high majority of cases are ultimately resolved without going to trial. Her preferred approach is to act as a collaborative attorney using a team approach with a divorce coach, financial professionals and if needed, other professionals such as a child specialist. She has been successful in reaching an amicable settlement in many disputes in over 28 years of law practice. However, in rare cases if the matter does not settle, she has substantial litigation experience and a good record in trying cases before a judge.
Other services Ms. Smith offers is acting as mediator to help couples resolve their family law matter in a respectful and amicable way in the private setting in her office. Ms. Smith was on the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. from 2002-2010. She has accepted Guardian ad Litem appointments from the court and has represented children in juvenile matters for over 20 years. Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor for Suffolk University. She acted as the wife’s attorney in the Divorce Center’s DVD called “A Divorce Play in Four Acts.” Attorney Smith has lectured for The Divorce Center, Inc., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. To learn more about Ms. Smith’s background, please visit her 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.
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.
Ann Sullivan provides knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate legal representation and dispute resolution services. Her goal is to provide her client with the best possible outcome at the most reasonable cost. Ann has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years and a mediator for over 20 years. She has practiced law in the District, Housing, Superior and Appellate Courts in Massachusetts and before a variety of administrative agencies. Ann offers mediation services in a variety of areas including divorce, separation, post-divorce, child support, alimony, parenting plans, pre-nuptial agreements, marital agreements and post-nuptial agreements, family disputes and tenant/landlord issues.
Ann graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1982 and trained as a mediator at Community Dispute Settlement Center and the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers. She was a volunteer mediator for the Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse and currently volunteers for the Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge, MA. Her professional memberships include the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Association for Conflict Resolution, New England Chapter. Please email or call (617) 461-7331 for a complimentary consultation. Ann offers convenient evening hours to parties upon request.
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.
Attorney Teehan has been involved in family law and mediation for over ten years, and he has experience with both amicable and contested matters. He practices in Probate and Family Courts throughout eastern and central Massachusetts, ensuring that his clients’ rights are pursued and protected to the max. Whether it is a divorce, custody, visitation, support or contempt matter, Attorney Teehan will do everything in his power to make sure that you and your family are put in the best possible position to succeed going forward. Attorney Teehan offers free consultations to help you better understand your options.
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, a mediator and professional coach, 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 communicating during the divorce process can bring.
Heidi obtained her Master of Science, Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from the Woodbury Institute at Champlain College. She is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through CTI, Coaches Training Institute. Additionally, she has completed numerous mediation and negotiation workshops in the Boston area.
Kim Whelan is a compassionate, collaborative, and skilled mediator/trainer who brings a steady hand to the often difficult and emotional process of negotiation. Drawing on her diverse business background, Kim excels at navigating the financial issues associated with all types of mediation – elder, small business, employment, and divorce – and is committed to developing fair and lasting solutions for both parties. With a specialty in divorce mediation, Kim’s approach focuses on building a “family-first” consensus by minimizing the long-term negative effects of divorce and preserving financial integrity.
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 family law service 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.
** Denotes Collaborative Law Attorney