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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 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 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:
- 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.
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 you both are each heard and understood. We 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.
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 for the Harvard Mediation Program.
Mediation sessions are available in Norwood, Natick, and Marlboro.
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 third 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.
Ed Buckner brings a wealth of experience and insight as a mediator to the field of divorce and business mediation. As the principal of Mass Mediation Associates, Ed is in a unique position to
guide a wide range of individuals and organizations through the alternative dispute resolution processes and help them achieve solutions to their disputes. He believes that successful mediation begins with treating people respectfully, intently listening to the parties and helping people explore opportunities to create a resolution they can live with. By employing this philosophy, Ed has earned the respect of clients and other mediators alike.
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.
Experienced and caring divorce and family law attorney and mediator with offices in Boston, Needham, and Quincy. Contact Infinity Law Group for a free phone consultation today.
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
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. 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!
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.
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 program and a frequent lecturer at Divorce Center workshops.
Her specialties are: divorce mediation, parenting plans, parent coach, divorce coach, individual, marital and family counseling.
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.
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.
Attorney Barbara Kellman is an experienced Massachusetts family law attorney concentrating her law and mediation practices on resolving family related disputes involving pre-and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, separation, parenting plans, spousal support, and other probate and family related matters through litigation, mediation, or collaborative law.
Justin Kelsey is a collaborative divorce attorney and mediator with offices in Framingham and Hingham, Massachusetts. Justin is the President-Elect 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.
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.
North Shore Community Mediation Center (NSCMC), founded in 1994, is a non-profit mediation center whose members educate and empower people to transform conflicts into opportunities for mutual understanding, social change, communication and personal growth. NSCMC, through collaborative efforts, raises public awareness of the value of mediation and alternative dispute resolution methods as vehicles for resolving personal differences and diminishing conflicts in society at large.
Community mediation is a valuable resource for couples struggling with the challenges of separation. Our specially trained and experienced panel of 15 family mediators can guide couples through the many aspects of the separation and divorce process. Using an income based sliding fee scale and flexible scheduling, NSCMC is committed to making our services accessible to all segments of the community.
Mediation is especially helpful to separating couples who have children because it provides a constructive approach to future communication based on the child’s best interests. To that end,
NSCMC participates in the MA Office of Public Collaboration’s Parent Mediation Program for which qualifying couples can use up to 4 hours of free mediation time to resolve disputes involving child access, visitation, and parenting plans.
Next Phase Legal provides future-focused dispute resolution services, including mediation, collaborative, and representation in court-based matters.
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.
Nussbaum Family Law provides rational, empathetic representation in divorce and family law matters, tailoring a strategy according to your individual needs and goals. We offer mediation, mediation support services, and collaborative law solutions.
When litigation is unavoidable, we offer experienced, skilled representation to achieve your objectives and your children’s best interests.
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.
By combining her experience with mediation, collaborative law and litigation, Michelle is able to provide clients with a wide range of options appropriate for their needs and goals. As Head of the Domestic Relations Department at DCDC, she assists her clients through their difficult legal and personal times with an emphasis on the prevention of future legal problems. Michelle provide mediation and litigation services for all family-related disputes, such as: divorce, post-divorce, paternity, separation, estate or guardianship, non-traditional family issues, adoption and parent coordination. She works with a team of professionals to guide her clients through the often stressful and overwhelming decisions involved in the area of
family law. In addition to the legal aspects of family law, Michelle focuses on helping her clients maintain and regain control over the decisions that affect their lives, integrity, and confidence all in a confidential setting.
DCDC’s mediation services offer a cost-effective alternative for family, probate, civil, and business disputes, and provide parties with more control over the process. In addition to mediation, Michelle also practiced collaborative law in divorce & family matters.
Michelle firmly believes in the team approach of assisting clients through crisis situations. She understands how legal and financial professionals can support clients by preventing future legal problems through education and preparing for the unexpected.
Jennifer’s family law practice includes divorce, asset division, paternity actions, modification of agreements, custody disputes, guardianships, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and restraining orders.
Jennifer entered private practice after starting her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County where she prosecuted major felony cases in both the District and Superior Courts, and gained extensive trial experience.
Jennifer is also a certified family law mediator and conciliator. Whenever possible, she helps individuals and clients through Alternative Dispute Resolution, including, negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration.
Jennifer is an on-camera contributing legal analyst for WBZ-TV (CBS-Boston). She provides meaningful and insightful on-camera commentary on legal cases of both national and local interest. Jennifer has provided on-camera legal commentary on the Whitey Bulger indictments and arrest, the Clark Rockefeller trial, the Christa Worthington trial and verdict and the Kimberly Cates trial in New Hampshire.
For six years, Jennifer was honored as a Massachusetts Rising Start in Massachusetts Super Lawyers/Boston Magazine, an honor awarded to only 2.5% of young lawyers in Massachusetts.
As founder of the Mending Fences Institute, Beth is dedicated to guiding families through divorce, reunification and other conflicts through coaching, mediation, and therapy. With over 25 years of experience, she brings practical solutions and emotional healing to each case. Beth is adept at handling complex family dynamics such as divorce, trauma, relationship issues, learning disabilities, transitions or reunification. Her goal is to help families make the transition from couples with children to co-parents who communicate well and share time with their children. Her success is augmented by her extensive experience working with children and teens.
She is a certified Collaborative Coach, mediator, and therapist. She is a member of the International Collaborative Law Council, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and Southeastern Collaborative Law practice group. She is a member of the Mass Council on Family Mediation. She consults with schools, hospitals, lawyers, the courts, and doctors on complex issues such as divorce, alienation, learning disability, life transition and behavioral issues.
She uses eclectic therapeutic modalities such as family system theory, individual play therapy, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), and empowerment strategies with a focus on practical solutions that improve the lives of her clients.
As a board member of the Divorce Center, an instructor for the court-mandated Parents Apart course, chairperson of the Advanced Parenting Education Committee and a member of the Southeastern Collaborative Practice Group, Beth guides families through evaluating the situation, understanding all parties’ perspectives, establishing ground rules for communication, and generating goals.
Getting divorced and resolving family law issues involves transitions that are not easy. I am an experienced divorce mediator and family lawyer, and I will guide you through these transitions with compassion, treating you and your concerns with respect. We will work together, one issue at a time, to create solutions that work for you and your family and ensure that the focus stays on the healthiest process and outcome for you and your children.
I use only non-adversarial processes—mediation and collaborative law divorce—which emphasize open, respectful communication. These methods of reaching agreements avoid the high costs, delays, and interpersonal conflict and stress that are typical of litigation through the courts.
I have been practicing divorce law and mediation full time in Massachusetts since 2003. Before moving to Massachusetts, I was Staff Attorney at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles, and I served as Director of the Feinstein Institute for Legal Service at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. I have been admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, California, New York, and Massachusetts. I received my BA from Brown University and my law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Tom is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ and CFP® at Insight Financial Strategists, guiding his clients through the financial complexities of divorce. He is also a trained Divorce Mediator. He works closely with his clients to gather all relevant financial data, analyze settlement scenarios and their tax and long-term lifestyle implications, and present this information to clients with simplicity and clarity.
This holistic approach ensures that many other factors are considered in the planning process, including college funding, insurance needs, budgeting post-divorce, investing, retirement, and long-term care.
During his career as a Financial 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 Mass Council on Family Mediation.
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 hasbeen 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 is a family law attorney practicing in Essex and Middlesex Counties in Massachusetts and in Southern New Hampshire, is trained in Collaborative Law, Mediation, was a social worker prior to her legal career, is a court appointed conciliator and Attorney Representing Children through the Essex Probate Court, Limited Appearance Representation and is a Guardian ad Litem.
Attorney Smethurst believes strongly that most cases are best handled through Mediation or the Collaborative Law process. A family law matter is arguably the most stressful time in a person’s life and having an advocate that is committed to resolving your case with the best possible outcome for your family is a must. Attorney Smethurst feels strongly that children must be the first priority in any family law matter and will work with you to help transition your family to the next phase of your lives.
Attorney Debra L. Smith provides personalized legal services with a concentration in family and juvenile law, including divorce (issues such as alimony, child support, parenting plans and division of marital assets), paternity, adoption, modification, and care and protection matters. Her focus is to save clients money by resolving matters cooperatively whenever possible. She believes that her clients are best served by attempting to seek resolution of a matter without going to trial. Her preferred approach is to act as a collaborative attorney using a team approach with a collaborative coach and financial professional. She has been successful in reaching an amicable settlement in many disputes in over 32 years of law practice. However, in rare cases if the matter does not settle, she has substantial litigation experience.
Ms. Smith also serves as a mediator to help couples resolve their family law matter in a respectful and amicable way in the private setting in her office. Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor for Suffolk University. She has lectured for The Divorce Center, Inc., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.
Lisa offers her clients options to resolve divorces amicably and with dignity. With Lisa’s assistance, you and your spouse will make the important decisions about your finances and your family within a timeframe that works well for both of you. All settlement discussions are private. Lisa’s approach to divorce is to view it as a process to move you towards new goals-not just to end a marriage.
You may schedule a first meeting on your own or with your spouse. During the first meeting, Lisa will explain the process options which may be available. Lisa helps clients with issues including divorce, child support, alimony, parenting plans, paternity and mediation to stay married matters.
Lisa is an experienced collaborative attorney and divorce mediator. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (M.C.L.C.) and has chaired many state-wide committees in this field. Based on Lisa’s skill, education and experience, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (M.C.F.M.) has distinguished Lisa as one of the approximately 30 professionals in Massachusetts to be a Certified Divorce Mediator.
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.
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 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 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 Marion Lee Wasserman emphasizes dispute resolution, not dispute escalation. In addition to mediation and collaborative law, she offers traditional legal representation emphasizing negotiated settlement. Marion has a special interest in divorce and parent-child issues, including the structuring of parenting plans and including financially complex divorces. She is a former Vice President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and formerly served on the MCFM Board of Directors.
Areas of practice: divorce, post-divorce, custody, parenting plans, temporary separation, prenuptial agreements, relationship agreements.
Heidi Werther works with individuals, groups, and families helping them to realize they have options; they have choices. As a family mediator, she specializes in divorce related matters including child custody, support, parenting plans, and modifications. She facilitates conversations empowering her clients to uncover what’s important to them; to allow them to resolve conflict, move forward and develop creative solutions that work for them. Heidi knows that her clients are the best to determine how to move beyond their conflict. She values the long-term benefit that communication during the divorce process can bring.
Heidi obtained her MS, Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through CTI, Coaches Training Institute. She is also certified under the International Coach Federation as an ACC. Heidi is a member of several mediation and coaching organizations, and is an active board member on three boards; Center for Mediation and Collaboration of Rhode Island, Boston Cancer Support, and Child & Family Rhode Island.
Kim 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 Whyman’s practice, Whyman Law & Mediation, is devoted exclusively to helping individuals and couples reach an out-of-court resolution of their family law matters, in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. The practice helps individuals reach a separation agreement to become divorced, an agreement to stay married, an agreement to modify terms of a previous divorce judgment, a premarital agreement. Child support, alimony, division of assets, health insurance, and payments for college, are some of the family law issues addressed in working with clients, through a number of different methods, including mediation, the Collaborative Law Process, or lawyer-to-lawyer negotiation.
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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