North Shore Collaborative Divorce Attorneys & Neutrals
- Attorney Anthony C. Adamopoulos
- Attorney Shannon Barnes
- Attorney Lisa Jacobowitz, Esq.
- Attorney Susan Lillis
- Attorney Scott C. Marks
- Diane C Pappas, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® – Financial Neutral
- Neutral/Facilitator & Educational Psychologist Ginny Simon
- Neutral/Facilitator & Executive Coach Linda Cohan
- Jody K. Goldman, Financial Neutral, CDFA®, ASA, CFE
Attorney Scott C. Marks
25+ years as an attorney, litigator, mediator, conciliator and collaborative professional, have led me to the realization that a negotiated solution is generally preferable to one that is ordered by the Court. Self-determination has become the guiding principle of my practice.
Litigation is expensive, both financially and emotionally. It often results in burned bridges and further straining of already strained relationships. Its outcome is usually unsatisfying, as it is decided by someone (a Judge) who knows little about the parties or their children.
The Collaborative Divorce process, on the other hand, is designed to preserve relationships, encourage discussion, and allow both parties to be heard so that they may reach a settlement that they believe is fair. The result is something the parties can better accept because they made the decisions – based on their entire life experience.
I am trained in collaborative practice and have been a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals since 2004. I am also a founding member of North Shore Collaborative Divorce.
I also offer mediation and conciliation services and am trained and experienced in Limited Assistance Representation.
I regularly give talks for North Shore Collaborative Divorce, help train divorce mediators at North Shore Community Mediation Center and have regularly participated in divorce public education programs.
To learn more, please visit my website – scottcmarks.com – or call my Salem, MA offices, at 978-741-5655.
Attorney Susan Lillis
I am a family law attorney who has been practicing family law, originally in Boston and more recently in Ipswich, for more than 30 years. My office is located in downtown Ipswich, Massachusetts, near the historic Choate Bridge. I have seen firsthand the financial and emotional drain a divorce can have on all members of a family. While litigation might be unavoidable for some couples, I focus my practice on mediation and collaborative divorce to help families get through the divorce process and minimize the financial and emotional impact.
Collaborative divorce emphasizes reducing conflict between spouses. This is particularly important for couples with children. One of the most significant factors in how well children weather divorce is the level of conflict between their parents. Collaborative divorce is designed to keep people out of court and uses a team approach to exploring and crafting solutions for divorcing couples.
If you hire me, you can count on calm and compassionate, honest and straightforward guidance every step along the way.
Please contact me at 978-356-2934 ext. 12 or through domesticlaw.net
Attorney Shannon Barnes
I am a family law attorney trained in collaborative divorce and mediation. I am committed to maintaining civility throughout the divorce process and assisting clients in reaching sensible resolutions to their divorce and other family law cases. I strongly believe that family disputes should not be resolved in courtrooms. In addition to my mediation, collaborative law and litigation practice, I also serve as a Probate and Family Court Guardian ad Litem and court connected conciliator.
I serve on the Board of Directors for Northeast Legal Aid with offices in Lawrence, Lynn and Lowell, and on the Board of Managers for Northeast Justice Center serving Essex and Middlesex County. I am a past board member for North Shore Community Mediation Center and in addition to my private mediation practice I currently serve on their panel of family law mediators.
Please contact me at 978-744-5444 or through barnesleighton.com
Attorney Anthony C. Adamopoulos
Are you facing divorce?
Divorce can be a difficult experience. It can mean a significant adjustment for you and your spouse, and when children are involved, the challenges can be overwhelming.
The divorce process itself can be isolating. It can put “a lot on your plate” at one time.
Collaborative Divorce can help you get through this very tough time.
As your collaborative divorce attorney,
I will work with you and the Collaborative Team to get you through your divorce efficiently and with the least amount of pain and expense.
I will listen to you, answer your questions and work with you to achieve your interests and reach your goals.
I will likely save you money, time, and emotional distress by using the Collaborative Team Approach for the successful resolution of your divorce issues.
My history with Collaborative Divorce in Massachusetts:
I am a founding member and former director of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. I trained in the first Collaborative Divorce Certification program in Massachusetts. Since then, I have lectured at continuing education programs of the Council and regularly participate in Council programs.
I am also a founder of North Shore Collaborative Divorce for which I have lectured and participated in public education programs.
To learn more about my services and me, please go to my web page at Divorcing Options.
Please contact me at 978-744-9591 or at [email protected]
Attorney Lisa Jacobowitz, Esq.
As a counsel to the Law Office of Joblin C. Younger, P.C. where I focus my practice on the area of family law, encompassing all aspects of divorce, custody, visitation and support, including drafting and reviewing prenuptial and separation agreements. I have decided to help clients who wish to resolve issues in a private setting and outside the bounds of traditional adversarial, to do so through the collaborative framework and mediation.
I am a graduate of New York University and Vermont Law School. In 1983 I began my career in Salem, Massachusetts until founding Gilmore and Jacobowitz, LLP in Beverly, in 1989. For many years, I have been involved in the local community serving on the boards and executive committees of various organizations including the Beverly Chamber of Commerce, Health and Education Services, the United Way of the Central North Shore, Project Rap and the Salem Academy Charter School where I was a founding member.
I have been in a leadership role in many legal organizations and was very honored to be the first woman to serve as president of the Salem Bar Association in 1989. For most of my career I have been a member of the Massachusetts, Essex County and Salem Bar Associations, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the North Shore Women Lawyers Association.
Please contact me at 978-927-7238 or through [email protected]
Diane C Pappas, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® – Financial Neutral
I am a Principal at Solutions For Divorce LLC., where I act as a Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®(CDFA), a Collaboratively Trained Financial Neutral, a trained Mediator and an Investment Advisor Representative for my firm. I was a President of The Divorce Center, Inc. from 2015-2017 and developed the widely-popular Divorce Matters Next Step Workshop during my time on the board. I am currently on the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA) and serve as the Chair of the Public Education Task Force.
Drawing on over 30 years of life and work experience, I specialize in helping clients, attorneys and mediators fully understand the financial complexities encountered during the divorce process. I work to develop comprehensive analyses of the short and long-term impacts of proposed divorce settlements, evaluation of the tax implications of property division, spousal support, child support, division of retirement and investment accounts, stock options and other complex financial issues that may arise.
My passion is educating my clients so that they are informed and in control of the important financial decisions they are making. Never is this more important than in divorce. As a divorced, single mom with two adult daughters, I understand first hand the complex challenges that families face in today’s economic environment and I work closely with the team to address those challenges and needs. Ensuring that all parties have the same level of financial knowledge is at the forefront of my practice as it is paramount to a realistic, fair and workable outcome.
I also believe that well-informed and cared for clients, especially in the collaborative process, are empowered to make the important decisions that are best for them and their families. This provides my clients with the peace of mind they need during this difficult time and gives them the ability to transition to a good life after divorce.
Solutions For Divorce LLC is an independent, fee-only, divorce financial planning firm and Registered Investment Advisor (CRD#175340) serving the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Metrowest areas. We provide divorce financial analysis, financial mediation and post-divorce financial planning to those individuals and couples going through the divorce process.
Please contact Diane Pappas at 978-833-6144 or at [email protected]
Ginny Simon – Neutral/Facilitator & Educational Psychologist
Being involved in a legal dispute is trying and complicated, with potential for long term damage to important relationships. As a coach, I am trained to help you negotiate the process as part of a team that fosters respect and caring. I work with each member of the collaborative team, individually and together, to be sure that when you are finished you will feel as good as you possibly can with the resolution. In addition, my experience as a School Psychologist gives me insight into developing parenting plans and helping individuals co-parent well. I work as a solo practitioner as a Collaborative Coach. The majority of my clients are referred to me by the attorneys they have retained, however, I have been contacted by individuals for whom I make the attorney referral. In addition to working with clients from the beginning to the end of the collaborative process, I have been called in to help couples communicate better prior to the first four way meeting. I help develop parenting plans both within and outside of the Collaborative process. I often meet with each client separately to set goals and understand triggers that may impede the process. During the meeting I maintain a neutral position, manage the time constraints, and help facilitate a timely and successful conclusion to the process. Retainer requested, hourly charge case dependent.
Professional Memberships: Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, National Association of School Psychologists, Massachusetts Teachers Association
Please contact me at 508-641-0417 or at [email protected]
Linda Cohan – Neutral/Facilitator & Executive Coach
My combined experience as a clinical social worker, executive coach and trained mediator has given me a unique expertise as a neutral coach facilitator. I work with collaborative attorneys and clients to resolve their divorce with compassion and dignity, avoiding litigation.
Prior to starting a case, I meet with both husband and wife separately to assist with clarifying their interests and goals: to identify what might trigger and set them off in a meeting and to strategize how they want to communicate during the meetings in the most effective and productive way possible. During the meetings, I insure that the agenda is followed and that all parties are given the opportunity to have a voice in the process. I work with the team to manage any challenges and roadblocks that might arise during the meetings, in order to help move the process forward to resolution. My hope is that when clients have resolved their divorce, they can look back on this process and know that they have done the best for their children.
I trained as a Neutral Coach Facilitator in 2009 and have been on the board of the Mass Collaborative Law Council for 3 years. In addition to working with family attorneys, I also work with business attorneys, who do civil cases.
Please contact me at: [email protected] 508-291-5397
Jody K. Goldman, Financial Neutral, CDFA®, ASA, CFE
Throughout my career, I have assisted legal counsel and their clients in analyzing various complex financial issues in support of shareholder, divorce, and contract disputes. In countless situations, I believe the parties may have benefited from a more collaborative approach to resolution.
As a Financial Neutral in the collaborative process, I am committed to assist clients in:
- Understanding their financial positions;
- Exploring financial options to meet their objectives;
- Making informed financial decisions impacting both themselves and their families;
- Achieving positive financial outcomes.
I work with individuals and their attorneys regarding all financial aspects of divorce, including: financial affidavit preparation; asset division analysis and tax implications; cash flow analysis; alimony and child support calculation; pre- and post-divorce budgeting; forensic accounting; and valuation of businesses.
Prior to starting my own firm, I was Partner at the accounting firm of DGC, Vice President in the Finance practice of CRA International, and Principal in the Fraud, Investigative and Dispute Services practice of Ernst & Young.
- Over 30 years of experience in valuation, financial disputes and forensic investigation
- Master of Business Administration, Finance
- Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation
- Certified Fraud Examiner
- Collaboratively Trained Financial Neutral
- Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® Professional
- Trained Mediator
Please contact me at 781-797-0023 or [email protected]