Category Archives: Divorce Health & Wellness

Milford, MA Divorce Mediation – Case Study

Note:  This post gives a glimpse into what an actual session with a divorce mediator from The Divorce Collaborative is like.  The facts are based upon a recent session wit clients from the Milford and Worcester, MA area. Earlier this week I was sitting with a couple from the Milford, MA area in our Franklin office.  It was their first divorce mediation session.  The couple has two young children and both parents work full-time.  Like many dual-income families, these parents had already decided they would each spend about the same amount of time with the kids, also known as shared […]

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Divorce and the 5 Stages of Grief

Divorce is almost always accompanied by feelings of grief and loss. Pretending your feelings of grief don’t exist will not work.   Instead, try working through the sadness so you can move forward emotionally.  Grieving is definitely part of the divorce process, and there are different things to grieve about, including the loss of your partner, loss of future plans as a couple and/or parents, the loss of your status as couple, and maybe even the loss of your home.  A parent may feel grief if they are not able to see their children as often as they would like. […]

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Love Stinks! Things to do on Valentine’s Day That Have Noting to do With Love

By Massachusetts divorce lawyer and mediator Colleen Cunnally If you are dealing with a separation or divorce, the last thing you may feel like doing on February 14th is celebrating Saint Valentine.  Here are some activities that do not involve flowers, candlelight dinners, Hallmark cards or Victoria Secret to help you manage. 1. Clean out your closet.  Ok….so that may not sound like the most fun activity in the world but it can be symbolic and therapeutic. Besides you will feel productive and you will make plenty of room for number 4. 2. Adopt a dog.  Dogs give you unconditional love […]

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Your Massachusetts Divorce Support Team – Tips to Find the Right Therapist

While the thought of trying to choose a psychotherapist might seem intimidating or even overwhelming, it is not as difficult as you think. If you have ever picked a date for the prom, a baby sitter for your children, or a car to purchase, then you already know you are able to make choices. That’s good news at least.  If you are considering a Massachusetts divorce or are in the middle of one, then you may want to consider adding a mental health professional to your support team.   If you do not think you would benefit from therapy, well according […]

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Talking With Your Kids About Your Divorce – Podcast

As if getting a Massachusetts divorce wasn’t already stressful, once you and your spouse decide that is where you are heading you need to talk to the children about the transitions ahead.   Talking with your kids about your divorce can be a sad and stressful conversation.  Many of our clients are anxious about this, yet with some planning it can go smoothly and you will be better prepared. Previously, I wrote a blogpost on Telling Your Kids About Your Divorce.  I had a lot of good feedback on this post from parents. Because this topic so frequently comes up […]

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Telling Your Kids About Your Divorce

By Stephen F. McDonough, Massachusetts Divorce Attorney & Mediator at The Divorce Collaborative LLC.   And you thought the birds and bees talk was going to be stressful. Telling your children about your divorce is a difficult conversation that parents dread. Basically, the key to speaking to your children about your divorce is the same as if you were painting a room – it is all about the preparation. Thus, you and your spouse should talk together first, and agree on the following  ”Four Ws”: Who will tell them? When will you tell your children? What will you tell them? Why […]

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What’s New at The Divorce Collaborative LLC

I have received thousands of emails (OK, only a few) asking about the lack of recent blog posts.  Not to worry, all is well. The last couple of months I have been working on some internal things at the firm, including updating forms and creating some new procedures to improve how we help our divorcing clients.  Getting the Bedford, MA office set up also took some time away from blogging. In November, I attended the MILOFEST (Macs in Law Offices)  Conference in Orlando for the 2nd year in a row. Attorney Victor Medina from the Princeton, NJ area did a […]

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Ready, Set, Divorce! – 4 Steps to a Better Massachusetts Divorce

  You probably wouldn’t go on vacation without first figuring out where you want to go, what you’ll need to pack, how long to be away,  and how to get there. Likewise, you wouldn’t buy a house without first considering the size of the house you’ll need, which neighborhoods would be suitable, what your budget is, etc. Just like preparing for a vacation or house hunting, it can be helpful to do some planning to better prepare for your Massachusetts divorce. So, before heading into the office of a skillful mediator, collaborative attorney or divorce litigator it makes sense to […]

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Divorce and Health Insurance – Don’t Be Left Out With a Cold!

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Select the Right Pros For Your Massachusetts Divorce

If you are contemplating a divorce in Massachusetts, take the time to carefully select your professional support team.  With the economy still taking its toll, it can be tempting to try and get through your divorce on the chap or even without any help at all.   Remember when you thought about saving for a rainy day or an emergency?  This is it -  and you should be careful when hiring people to help you through your divorce.   Sure, it might be tempting to hire someone based on price, or maybe even try to get through the process without a […]

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