Auburndale Center for Divorce
Karl W. Topor, Esq., Mediator, Collaborative Law Attorney
275 Grove Street, Building Two, Suite 400, Newton, MA 02466
Phone: (617) 969-8889
Fax: (617) 415-1497
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. 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 Karl Topor's legal practice has an emphasis on 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.
Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Dr. Lynne C. Halem, Director, Mediator
37 Walnut St., Suite 220, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-2107
Phone: (781) 239-1600
Fax: (781) 239-0404
The Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution is under the directorship of Lynne C. Halem. Dr. Halem, the author of two widely acclaimed scholarly books on divorce, has worked in the mediation field since 1982. She has been certified as a Divorce and Family Mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, was a past board member of the Divorce Center, Inc., and served two terms as President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
CMDR is an exclusively mediation firm, having mediated thousands of divorce cases. For both traditional and non-traditional couples, we specialize in all aspects of separation, divorce, and post-divorce mediation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as custody and parenting plans.
Our mediators are known and recognized for their high level of professionalism, experience and depth of knowledge.
We, at the Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution, help clients structure individualized solutions that will provide a thorough and thoughtful road map for each couple's present and future interactions.
Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc.
Gail Packer, Executive Director
60 Gore St., Cambridge, MA., 02141
Phone: (617) 876-5376
Fax: (617) 876-6663
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 underserved 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.
C. Michele Dorsey, Esq.
Safe Harbor Mediation/C. Michele Dorsey, Attorney at Law
79 Kenneth Rd., Scituate, MA 02066
Phone: (781) 545-9805/(781) 545-9770
Fax: (781) 545-4680
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.
Daniel J. Finn, Esq.
Law Office of Daniel J. Finn
60 Walnut St., 2nd Floor, Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: (781) 997-1595
Fax: (617) 278-9397
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 incepion 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.
Johanna Gatta, Esq.
Law Offices of Johanna Gatta
61 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: (617) 791-8887
Fax: (781) 944-1971
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 I. Goldstein, Esq.
Goldstein, Egloff, Ramos & Wood, LLP
246 Walnut St., Newton, MA., 02460
Phone: (617) 964-8559
Fax: (617) 245-5322
Howard Goldstein has been a practicing lawyer since 1973, engaged in mediation, collaborative practice and divorce litigation.
He has been received the designation of "Super Lawyer" and is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America, for Collaborative Family Law.
Jennifer Hawthorne, Esq.
945 Concord Road, Framingham MA 01701
Phone: (508) 656-0094
Jennifer Hawthorne is a collaborative attorney and mediator. She works with families and parents to create an agreement that will help your family navigate life during and after some of the most challenging situations life can throw at you including divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, alimony, and parenting plans. In working with her clients, she strives to resolve disputes rather than escalate them. She works to ensure that her clients are able to find a solution that works for both parents and the children in a manner that promotes ongoing communication and minimizes the emotional and financial toll these situations can often take on a family.
Joyce Kauffman, Esq.
Kauffman Crozier, LLP
231 Third St., Suite 720, Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 577-1505
Fax: (617) 577-1012
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 L. Kelsey, Esq.
Kelsey & Trask, P.C.
160 Speen St., Suite 202, Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: (508) 655-5980
Fax: (508) 655-5981
At Kelsey & Trask, P.C., we work with families to resolve disputes relating to Divorce, Paternity, Child Support, Alimony and Custody, as amicably, quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
To achieve these goals, we offer both mediation and individual representation. Attorney Kelsey can assist both parties in reaching a resolution together as a mediator, or can represent
one party individually as counsel in litigation or in a Collaborative setting. Either way, we have the motivation to conclude your case as efficiently as possible because we recognize that ongoing disagreement or litigation is not a healthy situation for your family. For more information about Attorney Kelsey visit his profile page at: www.kelseytrask.com
Carol Konvalinka-Connolly, Mediator
1037 Pleasant St., Attleboro MA 02703
Phone: (508) 380-1025
Carol Konvalinka-Connolly is an independent consultant working in the field of mediation and education. Services include divorce and family mediation services. Carol first studied peer mediation with a small group of fellow teachers and students in 2003. She has gone on to pursue advanced training in divorce and family issues as well as elder mediation. Her goal is to assist families in transition and to help them reach solutions that fit their unique needs.
Levitt Law Group
- Karen J. Levitt, Esq.
- Andrea Wells, Esq.
- Emily Weber, Esq.
4 Meeting House Road, Suite 3, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Phone: (978) 458-5550
Fax: (978) 256-7600
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. For more information, go to www.levittlawgroup.com.
- 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 Rrepresentation, 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.
Carol Lynn May, Esq.
260 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Phone: (508) 358-3350
Fax: (508) 358-3365
Carol Lynn May is an experienced attorney whose practice is concentrated in family law (divorce, separation, custody, visitation, prenuptial,
postmarital, 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.
Jeanne E. Maclaren, Esq.
Genereux & Maclaren
105 Webster Street, Suite 7, Hanover, MA 02339
Phone: (781) 871-3663
Fax: (781) 871-6336
Experienced and cost conscious, Attorney Maclaren first meets with you to explain the several divorce path options that are available. Both collaboratively trained (see info site at www.CollaborativeDivorceMA.info) and certified as a mediator, these are her preferences. When litigation is the only realistic choice, she take cases through the Probate & Family court of Barnstable, Bristol, Norfolk or Plymouth County. With comfortable offices in Hanover, Sandwich and Padanaram Village of South Dartmouth, appointments and 4 or 5-way conferences are scheduled conveniently.
Brian J. McLaughlin, Esq.
745 Boylston Street, Suite 209, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 236-5847
Fax: (617) 236-3365
Attorney McLaughlin is a certified mediator helping people facilitate through difficult issues, particularly in the areas of family mediation.
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.
Diane Neumann & Associates
Diane Neumann, Esq.
126 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 926-9100
Fax: (617) 926-9101
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.
Beth H. Ross, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker/Therapist/Divorce Mediator/Collaborative Coach
866 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021
Phone: (781) 821-4606 - Cell: (781) 249-2156
Fax: (781) 821-4606
Beth H. Ross, LICSW is an experienced clinical social worker who has been in private practice for over 20 years. In the Fall or 2012, Beth was trained as a divorce mediator. Trained as a collaborative coach, Beth has participated in the Southeastern Collaborative Practice Group (MCLC) which involves lawyers, divorce financial planners and mental health professionals working to provide divorcing families cost effective and collaborative settlements. Beth brings a vast amount of experience in helping families make the transition from married couple with children to two co-parents who share time with their children.
As a divorce specialist Beth coaches both individuals and couples towards an equitable working relationship and toward better communication for the benefit of the children. Often, divorcing parents need support and guidance to negotiate some of the difficult issues in which they disagree. Beth has successfully assisted families to develop a parenting plans based on the development and needs of the children. As Beth has gone through the experience herself, she is well equipped to assist parents to negotiate difficult decisions around their children as well as foster communication between both parents.
Beth has extensive experience working with children and teens. She uses eclectic therapeutic modalities such as individual play therapy, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), family system theory and empowerment strategies and a focus on practical solutions that improve the lives of her clients.
Beth has been on the board of the Divorce Center and has been co-teaching the Parents Apart workshops since December 2010. Beth is now chairing the committee to coordinate other Parent Education workshops around divorce.
Debra L. Smith, Esq.
134 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 924-6728
Fax: (617) 924-6797
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 at www.lawdebsmith.com.
Lisa J.Smith, Esq.
Lisa J. Smith, Collaborative Attorney and Mediator
220 North Main Street, Natick MA 01760
Phone: (508) 652-0011
Fax: (508) 653-0119
For 25 years Lisa has practiced law and for the past 20 years her focus has been primarily on divorce and family law. Often clients know that they want a divorce but are not aware that there are many ways to obtain a divorce other than the 'I'll see you in court' method. Therefore, as a collaborative lawyer and mediator, she offers her clients many options. Also, when necessary, she has a team of experts ready to help develop good solutions to problems.
Lisa understands many of the fears and emotions which are involved in a divorce and understands the need to move forward to create a solution which will move her clients and their families forward to new after-divorce lives. SHe helps clients with divorce, support, parenting, paternity and mediation to stay married matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and other family law matters.
Susan D. Stamps, Esq.
Law Offices of Susan D. Stamps
9 Damonmill Square, Suite 5D, Concord, MA 01742
Phone: (978) 371-3131
Fax: (978) 371-2378
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.
Doris F. Tennant, Esq.
Tennant Lubell, LLC
288 Walnut Street, Suite 500, Newton, MA. 02460
Phone: (617) 969-9610
Fax: (617) 969-9611
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, Esq.
Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC
1318 Beacon Street, Suite 19, Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 277-3774
Fax: (617) 277-6520
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.
Marion Lee Wasserman, Esq.
Reach Accord Law and Mediation Services
100 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
Phone: (781) 449-4815
Fax: (781) 433-0405
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.
Kim Whelan, Mediator
186 Reservoir Road, Brookline, MA 02467
Phone: (617) 755-9698
Kim Whelan provides divorce mediation services to help couples divorce in a more peaceful and collaborative way. Combining excellent mediation skills, business experience and compassion, Kim works with clients to develop fair and lasting solutions for families that want to minimize the long-term negative effects of divorce.
Fran L. Whyman, Esq.
Whyman Law and Mediation
220 North Main Street, Natick MA 01760
Phone: (508) 655-0700
Fran Whyman uses mediation and collaborative law to help couples reach agreement on sensitive issues with respect and dignity.
Her practice focuses on out-of-court solutions to sensitive and challenging decisions around separation and divorce, child custody,
parenting plans, child support, alimony, post-divorce modifications, prenuptial agreements, and agreements to stay married.
Fran is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Human Relations Service,
a 3-town community mental health agency. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council,
the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Lorri Seibert Woodacre, Esq.
Law Offices of Lorri Woodacre
8 Grove St., Suite 402, Wellesley, MA. 02482 and
45 Summer St., Natick, MA. 01760
Phone: (781) 237-6020
Fax: (781) 237-6027
Attorney Woodacre's practice concentrates in division of assets, alimony, modification, relocation and child custody cases often involving forensic litigation and mediation skills. She maintains two offices, one in Wellesley, the other in Natick working in Greater Boston courts as well as Worcester County and Bristol County, where she can meet clients at a satellite location. Spanish facility.