Category Archives: Divorce Mediation

Massachusetts Family Law Attorney Attends AFCC Conference in LA

  I recently attended a family law conference hosted by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) in Los Angeles, CA.  As a practicing Massachusetts divorce attorney and divorce mediator, I think it is important to get away once in a while to attend a professional development conference.  The best practitioners are those who are constantly learning about new developments in family law and mediation.  The information we learn not only benefits our clients but on a personal level, every time I attend a conference with esteemed colleagues, it reenergizes me!   The conference was well attended by family court […]

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Massachusetts Divorce & Taxes

By Massachusetts divorce lawyer and mediator Katherine Thomas Forget abut death and taxes, what about divorce and taxes? If you are getting a Massachusetts divorce, you have a lot to think about.   To make matters even more interesting, tax season is here. Please curtail your excitement. Tax commercials flood the airwaves, people stand in silly costumes by the side of the road, and the W2s have arrived.  CPAs retreat to the dark, deep chambers of their lairs. Completing and filing taxes can be painful enough (especially when you find out you owe more money to Uncle Sam), but couples who […]

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Massachusetts Divorce – Don’t Try This At Home!

By Stephen McDonough, Massachusetts divorce lawyer and mediator serving the Lexington, Medfield, and Worcester areas. The September 2012 issue of the trusted Consumer Reports magazine did an interesting piece about some of the web-based do it yourself services that claim to allow people to complete their own legal documents. To read the article, click here. So what did Consumer Reports think about service such as Legal Zoom, Nolo, Quicken’s WillMaker and Rocket Lawyer? In a nutshell they were not impressed and concluded that many consumers would be better served by consulting with their own lawyer.  Yeah, I know.  I am a lawyer so you […]

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Divorce Mediator – Bedford, Concord, Lexington, & Franklin MA Areas

If you need a divorce mediator in the Bedford, Concord, Lexington, or Franklin, MA areas, your options just increased!   The Massachusetts divorce and family law firm The Divorce Collaborative  is pleased to announce that Attorney Katherine Thomas recently completed her divorce and family mediation training in Boston. Attorney Thomas, a graduate of Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut Law School, joined The Divorce Collaborative in the Spring of 2011.  She volunteers with the Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) and is a member of the Bedford Education Foundation. During the last year, Katherine has represented divorce clients in the […]

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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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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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Selecting your Massachusetts Divorce Mediator

When selecting a Massachusetts divorce mediator, you should know the mediation process can vary quite a bit depending on the firm or mediator you select. Here are some things to consider: It surprises people to learn that Massachusetts mediators do not have to be attorneys.  A non-lawyer divorce mediator is not allowed to draft your final divorce agreement.  Are there some good non-attorney mediators?  Sure.  Do we think that is your best choice for a divorce?  Nope. Some Mediation firms don’t help clients with their court financial statements, and may not collect any back-up financial documentation.    We think  financial […]

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Massachusetts Divorce – Does Infidelity Really Matter?

The realization that your spouse was unfaithful during your marriage is upsetting, even life-altering to some. Reactions upon learning of a spouse’s affair vary, but include feelings of sadness, betrayal, shock, anger and an intense desire to listen to country music. Some couples are unable to overcome the damage caused by an affair, with divorce oftentimes the unfortunate result.  Although infidelity is certainly problematic, it is usually a sign of other troubles in a relationship.  If you are facing a Massachusetts divorce and marital infidelity is an issue, you are likely wondering… What effect does an affair have on my […]

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Divorce Co-Mediation: Two Heads Really Are Better Than One!

By Massachusetts Divorce Attorney and Mediator Stephen McDonough and Betsy Ross, LICSW, CGP Everyone knows that two heads are better than one.  All mediators have a head.  Thus, co-mediation must be better!  Really, who can argue with that logic? Actually, there is more to it than that, or this would be a really short post. For one thing, an extra chair is required; but even beyond the furniture requirements, co-mediation is another tool in the divorce tool-box worthy of your consideration.   Here are some things to know about co-mediation in the context of divorce or other family conflict. What […]

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Six Stages of Divorce Mediation…and an Optional Van Ride

By Attorney & Mediator Stephen McDonough So, you have been doing some research about the benefits of divorce mediation, but what are the stages of a typical divorce mediation?  Once you and your spouse select a divorce mediator, he or she should provide a framework and structure to the process.  In my view, there are six main stages of a typical divorce mediation: 1.  Introductory – Stage 1 lays the groundwork for the rest of your divorce mediation.  Information regarding the mediation process and your client agreement will be explained.  Actually this stage starts during your initial contact with the […]

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