Comprehensive Family Evaluation Center at Tufts Medical Center
Divorce mediation is a process by which separating parties meet with a trained and skilled person called a mediator to assist them in formulating an agreement as amicably as possible, that resolves the issues needed to terminate the marriage. Such issues may include the distribution of property and debts, parenting arrangements and financial issues.
Divorce mediators are experts in helping the parties communicate with each other, determine what is best for their children, brainstorm creative solutions and facilitate decision-making. Mediators have expertise in minimizing conflict and working through difficult family issues.
The process is voluntary, confidential and the mediator does not represent or work for either party, nor does the mediator offer legal advice. Rather, mediators assist the parties in formulating options based on their interests and achieving consensus. Mediators understand the needs of minor children.
The mediation process is flexible and conducted in a private, efficient, low-cost and low-conflict manner that allows the parties to maintain control of the process and avoid the acrimony and expense that is typical of litigation. The process requires, and depends upon good faith and full disclosures by the parties.
Why should we mediate our divorce?
We view mediation of divorce, and conflict in general, as a healthy choice. Not only is the process less expensive than traditional litigation and other process options, it is much less contentious. Our divorce mediators are skilled in bringing issues to resolution with the least amount of conflict and controversy. Further, because mediation is intended to minimize conflict, it is always better for the children. Mediators assist the parties in working together to support the best interests of the children.
Mediation is private and avoids the possible public disclosure of your family issues. Only the essential papers are filed with the court. The process is also more expeditious than traditional litigation. The parties are generally more satisfied with the mediation process because it concludes only when the parties and their advisors are satisfied with the terms of the agreement.
Marcia Boumil, M.S., J.D., L.L.M., is the Director of the Comprehensive Family Evaluation Center at Tufts Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Jane Appell, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a consultant at the Comprehensive Family Evaluation Center. She is the Director of Parent Coordination at the Comprehensive Family Evaluation Center.
Sharon Gordetsky, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is the Director of GAL Training at the Comprehensive Family Evaluation Center.
Susan Klebanoff, J.D., is a lawyer and mediator concentrating in the areas of family and business law.
Hon. (Ret.) David Mills, J.D., has been a lawyer for 45 years and was a Massachusetts Appeals Court Judge from 2001-2012.
Steven Nisenbaum, J.D., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and mediator (admitted to the Bar but does not maintain an active law practice), and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Mediation Program for the Comprehensive Family Evaluation Center.
Tom Ritter, J.D., Ph.D., is a lawyer with the Boston law firm of Atwood & Cherny where he concentrates in the areas of family law, probate & estates, civil litigation and collaborative law.
We believe it is essential for parties to educate themselves about the process of divorce. Here are links to some general information you should be familiar with:
For more information, contact Marcia Boumil at 617-636-6670 or firstname.lastname@example.org