How to avoid wasting money and making yourself miserable…

Divorce is painful enough, and court only adds to your misery. It’s time-consuming, draining, and expensive. You can avoid it. With divorce mediation, you can resolve all matters privately and quickly–often in just a few meetings.

I’m an attorney with a practice devoted exclusively to divorce mediation. I can help you divorce peacefully–and at a fraction of the cost of a court divorce.

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What Is Divorce Mediation?

In divorce mediation, you work out a divorce agreement with the help of a neutral person, the mediator. As a mediator, I don’t represent either of you in the traditional lawyer-client sense. I help you communicate to ensure that you resolve everything you need for a solid divorce agreement. Working together, we’ll settle matters efficiently, peacefully, and quickly–all in a comfortable and private setting (unlike court).

How Divorce Mediation Benefits You

Less expensive. Mediation is almost always less expensive than a court-involved divorce.

Faster. Mediated divorces normally settle in a few sessions, unlike the many months that a court divorce can last.

Private. Court is a public forum. The most intimate aspects of your life can be aired. On the other hand, mediation is private, letting you preserve your dignity.

Flexibility. You choose the times to meet, on your schedule, not the court’s.

Success. With a mediated settlement, 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.

Control. Mediation lets you control the decisions that affect you most. The court process is simply not designed that way.

How We Work Together

Initial Phone Call. You and I will discuss any questions you may have about mediation. We’ll schedule a time for you, your spouse, and me to meet.

Checklist. I’ll e-mail you a checklist of matters that need to be addressed in a solid divorce agreement. Ideally, you and your spouse will complete this checklist together.

First Meeting . We’ll review your decisions, and we'll discuss anything you haven’t resolved. On a different note, the first meeting lets us get to know each other. You get the opportunity to decide if we’re a good “fit” and if mediation is right for you.

Agreement Drafted. Within 3 to 4 business days, I’ll send you a draft of your divorce agreement. This agreement may have some gaps in it, as you may not have agreed on everything just yet.

Meetings. We’ll meet again as needed to resolve any matters that remain open. I’ll then e-mail the updated agreement to you. I urge you to review it with an independent attorney, although you’re not required to do this.

Final Meeting. Once you both tell me that the agreement is acceptable, I’ll prepare all the documents needed to file a “no-fault” divorce. We’ll then schedule a time for you to sign the papers and to discuss your court date.

Court. In Massachusetts, you’re required to go to court to have a judge review your agreement. I’ll fully prepare you about where to go, who to see, and what to say. As a way to reduce any anxiety you may be feeling, I'll also be on-call when you're in court.

I’m proud to be a divorce mediator, because I believe sincerely that mediation provides you with a sensible, dignified alternative to traditional divorce. It may sound a bit corny, but I like to think I’m playing a small part in making the world a bit more peaceful.

Considering Divorce Mediation?

If you have questions or just want to talk, please call or e-mail me. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best.

Daniel E. Dalton

Divorce Mediator & Attorney

Office Location
9 Fletcher Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30 to 5
Evening & Saturday by appointment


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