Don't waste money or make yourself miserable...

Divorce is painful enough. Court only adds to your expense and misery. I'm a longtime attorney devoted exclusively to divorce mediation. I help you get divorced peacefully, at a fraction of the cost of a court divorce, with fixed-fee divorce mediation. 

No charge for first meeting

Sliding-scale fees

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation lets you resolve everything with the help of a neutral person, the mediator. As a mediator, I help you address everything you need for a solid divorce agreement. Once that's done, I prepare all the papers needed for a no-fault divorce. Working together, we'll settle matters quickly and privately.

How Divorce Mediation Helps You

Cost. There's no charge for the first meeting, and mediation is far less expensive than a court divorce. Click for details on my fixed-fee divorce mediation package and sliding-scale fees.
Faster. Mediated divorces normally settle in a few meetings. A court divorce can last many months.
Private. Court is a public forum. The most intimate aspects of your life can be aired. Mediation is private.
Flexibility. You choose the times to meet, on your schedule, not the court’s.
Control. Mediation lets you control the decisions that affect you most. The court process is simply not designed that way.
Success. With a settlement that you help create, you're far less likely to return to court with future disputes. Mediation truly is the civil approach that allows you to move on with your life.

How We Work Together

First Meeting. No Charge. The first meeting lasts a half hour, and there's no charge for it. It helps you learn about the mediation process and decide if mediation is the way you want to go. We can meet by Zoom, but I'm a big fan of an in-person meeting. There's just no better form of communication, but it's completely your call.
Mediation Meetings. We’ll meet to discuss and resolve all matters that need to be included in a solid agreement. Once I prepare a draft agreement, we'll go over it in detail. We'll also review the court financial statements that you each need to complete.
Final Meeting. Once the agreement is acceptable to you, I’ll prepare all the papers needed to file your divorce. The final meeting is for you to sign all your papers and for me to prepare you for court.
Court. In Massachusetts, you’re required to go to court to have a judge review your agreement. Court is usually about a 10-minute formality. I don't attend court with you, but I’ll fully prepare you for what you can expect, what you'll be asked, and what to say.
Family Mediation lawyer

A longtime attorney, I now devote my practice to divorce mediation. It's a sensible and dignified alternative to traditional divorce. It may sound a bit corny, but I'm proud to play a small part in making the world a bit more peaceful.

If you have any questions or if you'd like to schedule a no-charge meeting, please call or e-mail me. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best. Thanks for reading.

Atty. Daniel E. Dalton

Divorce Mediator

9 Fletcher Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Saturday: 8 to 1.


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