Don’t waste money or make yourself miserable…

Divorce is painful, and court only adds to your misery. It’s draining and expensive. With mediation, you can resolve everything quickly–often in just a few meetings.

As a longtime attorney with a practice devoted exclusively to divorce mediation, I can help you divorce peacefully–at a fraction of the cost of a court divorce.

Meetings in person or by Zoom.

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 resolve everything you need for a solid divorce agreement. Working together, we’ll settle matters peacefully and quickly–all in a comfortable and private setting (unlike court).

How Divorce Mediation Helps You

Less expensive. Mediation is far 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. Mediation is private.

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. If you'd like, we'll schedule a time for a meeting with you and your spouse.

Questionnaire. I’ll e-mail you a questionnaire to complete before we meet. It touches on items that you'll need to address for a solid divorce agreement. It also helps make our first meeting much more productive.

First Meeting . We’ll discuss mediation, your responses to the questionnaire, and anything else you'd like. The first meeting also gives you the chance to decide if mediation is right for you. If you want to go forward, I'll prepare an agreement and send it to you in 3-4 business days.

Second Meeting. We’ll meet again to resolve any matters that remain open and to discuss the draft of the agreement. We'll also review the court financial statements that you each need to complete.

Final Meeting. Once the agreement is acceptable, I’ll prepare all the papers needed to file a “no-fault” divorce. The final meeting is for you to sign all your papers and to prepare for your court date.

Court. In Massachusetts, you’re required to go to court to have a judge review your agreement. For now, court is virtual, with your hearing usually conducted by Zoom. I’ll fully prepare you for what you can expect, what you'll be asked, and what to say.

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 be playing a small part in making the world a bit more peaceful.

If you have questions or you’d like to schedule a meeting, please call or e-mail me. Thank you.

Meetings in office, by phone conference, or by Zoom.

Atty. Daniel E. Dalton

Divorce Mediator


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

Phone
978-319-0575

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