Mediation in Separation, Divorce, and Co-Parenting Matters
As a mediator, I work directly with couples who want to resolve matters outside of the traditional negotiation and litigation process by mediating separation, divorce, and post-divorce issues including:
Child Custody and Parenting Time Arrangements
Support (Child Support and/or Alimony)
Division of Property and Debt
Modification of Custody, Parenting Time, and Support
I LIVE IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS, CAN MY SPOUSE AND I STILL MEDIATE WITH YOU?
Massachusetts divorce and family law is the same throughout the Commonwealth, so I can mediate divorces and other matters from any county. I also provide most mediation services by Zoom which is convenient for clients whether they are in or near Northampton, in Boston, or on the Cape.
I’VE BEEN USING THE TRADITIONAL DIVORCE PROCESS WITH LAWYERS, BUT IT’S NOT WORKING (AND WE ARE SCHEDULED FOR TRIAL). IS IT TOO LATE TO MEDIATE?
No, it’s not too late.
Once lawyers are very involved and there are ongoing Court proceedings, it is usually more effective for me to serve as a mediator/conciliator and meet with the couple and their attorneys. When I serve as a conciliator, I bring years of experience settling and trying cases and advise about what results are likely to occur in a courtroom setting. Then we work with this perspective and yours in order to find creative solutions that lead to a settlement. Exploring mediation/conciliation as an intervention to get a case off the trial track and toward a full settlement is a sensible approach that will save time and money all while empowering couples to settle their differences together.
CAN YOU REPRESENT ME AS MY LAWYER IF WE DON’T REACH AN AGREEMENT IN MEDIATION?
Mediators are precluded from representing either mediation client as an attorney at any time. A mediator must maintain her neutrality. In the unlikely event that the mediation process is not successful, each party will need to to retain legal counsel or represent themselves in traditional negotiations and/or Court.
What are the benefits of mediation?
Mediation allows you and your partner/spouse/former partner/former spouse to resolve issues together without lawyers or Judges taking your process in different directions. Control over the timing and outcome provide my mediation clients with agency over their life decisions.
Many parents face challenges when making decisions about how to raise children. This can happen whether parents live together or apart. The more parents can effectively communicate about their child, the better the outcome for the child. Mediation facilitates and in some instances, teaches effective parental communication.
What is your background as a mediator?
I was first trained as a divorce and family law mediator in 1988 and continue to maintain the credentials for my mediation services to be confidential under Massachusetts law. This means that my mediation clients cannot end the mediation process and then demand that I inform his/her/their new counsel about what happened in mediation or call me as a witness in Court.
In addition to my many years experience as a mediator, I bring 35 years of traditional negotiation and trial experience to the mediation process. I have worked with many attorneys to help settle cases and have a highly successful record of trial outcomes in Court. All of this experience helps me develop unique solutions for families who are separating, divorcing, or having post-divorce issues.