Expert Divorce Mediation | 100% Divorce Mediation | Over 1600 cases successfully mediated | Ivy League trained | Flat Fees
Getting divorced and resolving family law issues involves transitions that are not easy. I specialize 100% in divorce mediation, and I will guide you through these transitions with compassion, treating you and your concerns with respect. We will work together, one issue at a time, to create solutions that work for you and your family and ensure that the focus stays on the healthiest process and outcome for you and your children.
I have successfully mediated over 1600 divorce cases in the last 20 years.
Because I specialize, I am able to be highly efficient. I will send you a draft of all court documents, including a completed separation agreement, within 1 day of our first meeting. Many couples appreciate this because divorce is a time of uncertainty. Seeing a draft of the whole divorce package so quickly removes this uncertainty and allows couples to start looking to the future rather than the pains of the past.
This specialization and efficiency also enables me to offer affordable, flat fee rates for divorce mediation--see "Fee Information" below.
My mediation style is active. I use my knowledge of family law and my expertise with numbers to help you understand a) the issues that have to be addressed in divorce, and b) the financial implications of the choices you are making in mediation, whether choices about support or division of assets and debts. When you are stuck, I will brainstorm options with your, drawing on my experiences with 1600 other couples. This active approach is a key to leveling the playing field in the mediation process, which can otherwise be dominated by a spouse with a stronger personality.
Finally, I am particularly comfortable with the financial dimensions of the divorce. As one client noted, I have many free calculators on my website, some of them unique, that instantly provide calculations that divorce financial planners charge thousands of dollars to do. I do pension present value calculations, I write QDROs/DROs for clients, and I keep a custom, easy-to-follow financial calculator running during our mediation sessions so that you understand financial outcomes at all times.
Springfield, MA 01103
Boston, MA 02110
Degrees and Experience
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1991
B.A., magna cum laude, Brown University, 1987
I mediate divorces for ALL Massachusetts towns and cities, via Zoom. Divorce cases go through Family Courts in each county, and they all use the same Massachusetts state laws and state forms. I regularly mediate divorces for every county court except for sparsely populated Dukes (Marthas Vineyard) and Nantucket. Physical offices in Amherst, Springfield, and Boston, MA.
I charge transparent, sliding scale, flat fees, all listed on my website at: https://www.amherstdivorce.com/cost-html.
I complete most of my divorce mediation cases for between $1500 and $3500.
Sample flat fees:
Couple with household income between $100k and $200k:
Couple has house and children under 23: $3200
Couple has children under 23, but no house: $2700
Couple has house but no children: $2400
Couple has no house, no children: $1900
Couple with household income between $50k and $100k:
Couple has house and children under 23: $2500
Couple has children under 23, but no house: $2100
Couple has house but no children: $1900
Couple has no house, no children: $1500