News from The Divorce Collaborative LLC

Our Massachusetts divorce lawyers and divorce mediators frequently attend advanced training classes and are involved in different community groups and events.  Here is a smattering of what we have been up to.

May 2013: TDC announces new ownership.
Stephen F. McDonough is pleased to announce the sale of the firm to Attorney Colleen E. Cunnally. Attorney Cunnally has been the managing attorney at TDC since 2011. Attorney Cunnally will continue to build on the firm’s strong reputation for high ethical standards, client service and results.

October, 2012:  The Divorce Collaborative LLC is excited to announce the opening of our third office location in Worcester County.   The family law attorneys and mediators at TDC are now available to meet with clients at our location in Shrewsbury, MA at 385 South Street.   Our Shrewsbury divorce lawyers and education / special education lawyers will now be more accessible to clients in the Worcester, Shrewsbury, Northboro, Northborough, Westboro, Westborough, Southboro, Southborough, etc.   Our Shrewsbury location is close to Rt. 9 and Rt. 20, just minutes from the new Wegman’s.

The Divorce Collaborative LLC - Our Shrewsbury, MA office at 385 South Street

The Divorce Collaborative LLC – Our Shrewsbury, MA office at 385 South Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrewsbury, Westborough, Framingham, Northborough, Worcester, Southborough, MA divorce lawyer, divorce mediation, special education lawyer, child support attorney, child custody lawyer, collaborative lawyer.   (877) 842-1199

September, 2012:  Attorneys Kate Thomas and Stephen McDonough attended a program sponsored by the Acton-Boxborough and Nashoba Valley Rotary Clubs on September 19th, “Peace Through Service – A Community Response to Domestic Violence.”  The program highlighted the work of the Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) and included speakers from the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, DVSN, Bedford, MA Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and representatives of Rotary.  A silent auction was held along with dinner.  Stephen McDonough, owner of the firm, is a member of the Bedford, MA Rotary Club.  Kate serves on the Board of Directors for DVSN and is a volunteer advocate for domestic violence victims at the Concord District Court.

Also in September, Attorney Mary Sheridan completed the Massachusetts Collaborative Council’s Collaborative Law training at Bentley University in Waltham, MA.

August, 2012:  Attorney Colleen Cunnally was recently appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the state’s Judicial Nomination Commission.  As stated on the JNC’s website, “the JNC is a non-partisan, non-political and non-compensated Commission composed of twenty-one distinguished volunteers, appointed by the Governor from a cross-section of the Commonwealth’s diverse population.”

 July 2012:   Attorney Katherine Thomas recently completed her divorce and family law mediation training in Boston.   Congratulations to the firms newest Massachusetts divorce mediator!

Divorce Attorney and Mediator Colleen Cunnally served as the lawyer of the day in the Worcester County Probate and Family Court.

June 2012: On June 3rd,  Kate, Steve, Melanie and Colleen were in Norfolk, MA for Connor’s Fun Run.  The 5k event raises money for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  Attorney Kate Thomas placed well among the women, finishing 4th, with a time just over 25 minutes.   Steve walked the 5k with his family and neighbors; otherwise he would have “probably won” per his own completely ridiculous estimate.  Melanie cheered on the runners and walkers while closely supervising her own kids, one of whom lost a shoe.  Colleen was one of the race organizers which raised about $12,000.00 for SMA research.

Also in June Attorneys Stephen McDonough and Colleen Cunnally were invited to teach a Divorce class to other lawyers sponsored by Metrowest Legal Services.  Attorneys McDonough and Cunnally are part of a panel consisting of other experienced Massachusetts divorce attorneys and judges form the Probate and Family Court. Steve is teaching alimony, including the new alimony reform law in Massachusetts while Colleen is handling the topic of property division.

May 2012:  The firm conducted another free Divorce 101 seminar at the Bedford Public Library.

Bedford, MA Divorce Attorney Katherine Thomas

Attorney Katherine Thomas was selected by the Bedford, MA  Chapter of the Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation to coordinate the 2012 Bedford Attorneys’ Scholarship. The Bedford Chapter of the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation is part of the national Dollars for Scholars organization that provides financial assistance to graduating seniors who pursue higher education. Katherine Thomas formally presented the Bedford Attorneys’ Scholarship to a graduating senior at the CSF Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception on May 30, 2012.

April, 2012 – April was especially busy with lots of court dates, new cases, and existing mediations.   Attorney Katherine Thomas attended two days of training in Boston, and a Judicial Forum in Andover.   Steve was sad about the slow start of the Red Sox.   On April 17th, we hosted a free divorce seminar at our Franklin office, which filled up quickly.   Attorney served as the Lawyer of the Day at the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court.

March 14, 2012 - Attorney Colleen Cunnally testified at the Massachusetts State House as part of judicial nomination hearings with the Governor’s Council.

March 1, 2012 - The Divorce Collaborative LLC welcomes Melanie Berge to the role of Client Support Specialist.  Melanie brings a strong background in customer service and sales to the the firm.   She will support the attorneys in duties ranging from admin support tasks and project work.  Melanie lives with her family in Shrewsbury.

February 14, 2012 – Attorney Katherine Thomas completed a full-day Divorce Financial Summit course in Boston, MA.  Topic covered included trends in personal finance, small business, and employment, advanced issues regarding identifying income, debt issues, and divorce-related tax issues.  Katherine works mostly from the firm’s Bedford, MA office.

February 10, 2012  -  Massachusetts divorce attorney and mediator Steve McDonough completed a full-day advanced collaborative law training hosted by The Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council in Southborough, MA.

 

Divorce Attorney/Mediator Colleen Cunnally

January 10, 2012 – TDC’s Colleen Cunnally, Esq. attended the Family Law Council meeting of the Massachusetts Bar Association in Boston.

December, 2011 - Attorney Katherine Thomas, who spends most of her time at The Divorce Collaborative’s Bedford, MA office,  joined the Domestic Violence Services Network.  DVSN provides support and educational info to victims and families that have experienced domestic violence.