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Family Conflict, Family Relationships
Whether you are considering divorce, seeking a postnuptial agreement to reduce marital tension or arguing with siblings over your parent's estate ... and whether your family is traditional or nontraditional ... you know your dispute has its own unique dimensions. And you also know the special pain of being in conflict with family members.
Dispute Resolution, not Escalation
Fortunately, there are ways to resolve your dispute without adding unnecessarily
to your emotional pain. In most cases, disputes can be resolved fairly
and cost-effectively while preserving ongoing family relationships for
Only YOU can be sure of the best method of dispute resolution for your situation. Two alternatives for you to consider are mediation and collaborative law.
Mediation has a long history of success, and divorcing couples have been
using the mediation alternative in Massachusetts for over three decades.
Like most people, you probably have many questions about the mediation
process. This website has several pages -- Mediation, FAQ's and the
Reach Accord Blog --
devoted to answering your questions about mediation.
Choosing a Cooperative Process
If you determine that mediation is not the right choice for you, Marion Lee Wasserman can provide you with legal counsel emphasizing the desirability of a negotiated settlement. She can help you weigh the pro's and con's of a full collaborative law approach, as compared to a more traditional approach to negotiated settlement. The more traditional approach is sometimes referred to as "cooperative," to distinguish it from the collaborative law model.
Collaborative law is an increasingly popular framework for negotiation, especially where divorce and post-divorce matters are concerned. Marion's training in the collaborative law approach, combined with her overall emphasis on dispute resolution rather than dispute escalation, makes her an excellent choice to represent you as a collaborative lawyer, if the collaborative law model is an appropriate fit for you and your situation.
With all due respect to Tolstoy ... one thing can be said with certainty for every unhappy family ... it is better to reach accord through a settlement-oriented process than to suffer the cost and bitterness of a trial in court.
Click Here for a list of the types of disputes handled by Marion.
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