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Protecting Pets in Massachusetts Domestic Violence Cases

By Attorney Katherine Thomas There is a strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence conducted a study where 85.4 percent of women and 63 percent of children reported incidents of pet abuse after arriving at a shelter for domestic violence victims. On October 31, 2012, a new law went into effect in Massachusetts, which recognizes this correlation and offers protection to pets in domestic violence cases.   To read the new law, you can click here. Under the new law, a court may order through a restraining order, the possession, care and control […]

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Parenting Plan Challenges – Boston Divorce Lawyer

If you are a separated or divorced parent in Massachusetts, you are likely dealing with some disruption today.  I know this because today is Monday, and ends in a “y.”  Of course as parents, disruption is the norm, and we can handle it!   Parenting is certainly rewarding, but also presents challenges – especially during and after a divorce. Combine the regular parenting and custody issues such as communications and coordinating transportation and swirl in a Hurricane/Nor’easter for even more excitement!   The power just went off for the record.  Seriously. Sandy is wreaking havoc with power lines, tree branches, […]

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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 LLC  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 LLC 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 […]

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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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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 Mediation – Podcast from The Divorce Collaborative LLC

More and more couples turn to divorce mediation in Massachusetts as a less adversarial alternative to a litigated divorce.  In mediation, the couple works with a neutral mediator who helps them reach an agreement on all of the issues that is workable for both sides.   The mediator does not impose a settlement upon the parties in mediation. There are a number of other blog posts and info about divorce mediation on this website, so I won’t  rehash them here. Mediators Steve McDonough, Esq. and Betsy Ross, LICSW from The Divorce Collaborative LLC of Bedford and Franklin, MA recently recorded a […]

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Welcome to The Divorce Collaborative LLC Divorce & Family Law in Massachusetts

Thanks for visiting our new “Generation II” website and blog! I would like to thanks the folks at Smartmarketing Now in Naples, Florida for their help with this project, especially my friend and owner of Smartmarketing Now, Mark Merenda.  My thanks also go out to New Jersey Estate Planning Attorney Victor Medina for his support.  Victor has been a great help since he is not only a friend but an Apple computer guru and the organizer of the Macs In Law Offices Conference (MILOFEST).   Mark and Victor’s support and advice are priceless, which is good since I probably could […]

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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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How Much Will Divorce Mediation Cost? (Part One) by Steve McDonough, Esq.

I just flew back  from a conference at Walt Disney World and boy are my arms tired (please stop groaning, I know that is a very old joke)!  One of the sessions was about blogging topics, and writing about frequently asked questions was encouraged.  Thus, I am embarking on some blog posts that address questions that are asked, well, frequently. The answers to some FAQs  may not be as straightforward as one might think or as prospective clients might desire.  For example, people always ask where I get my good looks from and if I would be able to fix […]

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What Mediation Can Do For You

Mediation, like collaborative divorce, can empower couples facing divorce to reach their own respectful resolution without going to court. The process is guided by a neutral mediator who meets with the parties to discuss issues that need to be resolved.  In divorce mediation, the goal is to reach an informed and lasting agreement that is then filed with the court.  Divorce Mediation in Massachusetts is a voluntary, confidential process.  This post is not intended to address time spent with family service officers at the Probate and Family Courts in Massachusetts as part of a litigated divorce or other family law […]

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