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. No charge for the first meeting. 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 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 most affect you. 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.

How We Work Together

First Meeting (no charge). Before we meet, I'll email you two forms to complete. The first meeting lasts an hour and a half. We can meet by Zoom, but I'm a big fan of meeting in person. There's just no better way to communicate, but it's your call.
Mediation Meetings. We’ll meet to discuss and resolve everthing that needs 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. Massachusetts law requires you to go to court to have a judge approve your agreement. Court usually involves about 10 minutes before a judge. I’ll prepare you for what you can expect, what you'll be asked, and what to say. On your court day, I'll be on call if you have any questions or run into any problems.
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


Office
9 Fletcher Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 to 5
Saturday: 8 to 1.

Phone
978-319-0575

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