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"Our capacity to make peace with others
depends very much on our capacity
to make peace with ourselves"
Thich Nhat Hanh

Divorce Mediation for an Affordable Divorce

Dr. Thomson helps divorcing parties cover all issues from A to Z, including all child related and financial issues. Dr Thomson brings knowledge of Massachusetts divorce norms and expectations, child development, psychology, taxes, finance and an analytic mind on top of her mediation skills.

Some couples come to Interpeople after spending thousands of dollars and many months on attorneys in the traditional divorce route. They find their relationships undermined and their savings depleted with no progress. It usually takes five to six meetings to conclude the process of divorce mediation and the cost is a fraction of the cost incurred with divorce lawyers.

How to choose a Mediator

If you are facing a divorce, you will need a sympathetic and steady hand to guide you through this painful and confusing process. How do you choose your mediator?

Child Support

Is child support in order for you? How much? How Long? How does it relate to physical custody of the child?
Read about it.

Alimony

Should alimony be paid? How much? How long? How does it relate to the length of marriage and the parties incomes?
Find out.

Keep in mind: "Give peace a chance" does not mean "leave peace to chance." You need to act on conflict that persists and undermines.
S. Thomson

Typical Divorce Mediation Process

Dr. Thomson mediates divorce in Massachusetts only.
A complementary introductory meeting takes place with both parties and the mediator, in which the process is explained in detail, including ways to file and how the process concludes in a final divorce decree. This meeting does not oblige the Parties in any way. If they decide to proceed with the mediation, here is a typical outline of the process.
An Agreement to Mediate is signed, the parties' finances are given a quick overview, the court's required Financial Statement is introduced and explained. Parties decide what issues to discuss first. If there is no 'burning issue', child related topics are discussed first, starting with child custody.
A routine parenting schedule is agreed upon, and a parenting plan for school vacations, holidays and breaks, including summer, summer camp, etc.
Child related issues continue to be discussed, including when and how to tell the children, how to deal with birthdays, how to deal with possible relocation of either parent. Education related issues are reviewed. Special child needs are discussed. Planning for college savings and tuition aid is discussed. If possible, child support is covered at least in part taking into account incomes and parenting time.
Child related issues are concluded. Pros and cons of child support vs. alimony are discussed, different options are considered and calculated in the context of forward-looking budgets that the parties have prepared. The goal is for both parties to be able to manage financially after the divorce.
Life insurance (how much? for how long? etc) and health insurance (who carries? how is the cost shared?) are discussed in detail and decisions made. Assets and liabilities owned by the parties are reviewed and tabulated and decisions are made about how the marital property and debt will be divided and how and when exactly the decisions will be executed. If most ground has been covered and one anticipates finishing the process next meeting, the court packet is given to the Parties.
Remaining questions and other minor issues are reviewed. The court documents that were filled by the Parties are reviewed and the meetings end.
What remains then is for the mediator to write up the decisions that were made by the parties in the form of a Memorandum of Agreement, based on notes taken in the meetings. The Parties can have this reviewed by attorneys if they choose, or go with the court packet that they have prepared and file an uncontested divorce in court.
The process usually takes 5-6 meetings, but can take a longer or a shorter time depending on complexity of issues and the parties' ability to make decisions. Mediation of short marriages with no children tend to end quicker and cost the least.

An Experienced Mediator

Portrait of Dr Shuneet Thomson - Mediator and Founder of Interpeople
Meet Interpeople's founder
Shuneet Thomson, PhD
Dr. Thomson has been a mediator since 1988. Recognized by clients for her informal and humorous style, she has mediated over 1,000 cases. These include workplace mediation, and over 700 divorce mediations by the end of 2013.

Dr. Thomson believes mediation is a helping profession. People often come to her in distress over conflict that has gone on for years, or over the breakup of their marriage. Much of the initial anxiety is reduced by the first meeting. By the time the parties reach the end of the mediation, they have a sense of how their life will unfold, most concerns are addressed and in most cases their relationship is improved.

Video by Dr Shuneet Thomson - Mediator
Watch a video
in which Shuneet debunks a Mediation Myth

Listen to Dr. Thomson interview on WPKZ FM 105.3

Humor: See Shuneet with an angry party.

The Mediation Practice

Interpeople Inc is a Massachusetts company since 1996 dedicated to helping people resolve tough interpersonal disagreements in a good constructive way at low cost.

Since its establishment, Interpeople has gained recognition in the mediation community. It has been listed among the top ADR companies in the Boston Business Journal's Book of Lists in five consecutive years, while such a list was included in the Book of Lists.

Most cases are in Middlesex County or Worcester County with many coming from Chelmsford, Westford, Concord and Acton, MA. Many are in Worcester County including Fitchburg and Leominster. Interpeople's Arlington Office serves nearby Lexington, Somerville, Cambridge and other towns in the Greater Boston Area.

Mediation differs from arbitration. Find out what makes it work so well.
See how mediation can deal with hostility or power imbalance between the parties.
Read about the Role of the Mediator and the Role of the Parties.

While you are encouraged to consult with Shuneet Thomson about any conflict situation in the community, business and family, Interpeople's primary focus is on divorce mediation (helping people who face divorce get through it in a decent way) and on workplace mediation, where Interpeople offers a comprehensive dispute resolution service.

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Offices conveniently located in LITTLETON and ARLINGTON
Directions & Office Hours

Arlington Office see Map
(Near Concord, Lexington, Cambridge, Somerville & Bedford)

Interpeople Mediation - Arlington
22 Mill Street, suite 405,
Arlington MA 02476

Serving Eastern Massachusetts: Middlesex County, Essex County and Suffolk County including Newton, Arlington, Boston, Bedford, Belmont, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Concord, Essex, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Medford, Melrose, Methuen, Natick, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Weston, Winchester, Woburn, W. Roxbury, Salem, and more...

In our Littleton office we now have space to sublet. It is a great location, a few hundred yards from Rt. 495, on a busy road.

Littleton Office see Map (Near Chelmsford, Westford, Harvard, Acton & Carlisle)

Interpeople Mediation - Littleton
294R Great Road,
Littleton MA 01460

Serving Central Massachusetts and Eastern Massachusetts: especially Middlesex County, Worcester County and Norfolk County including Acton, Ashby, Ashburnham, Ayer, Berlin, Billerica, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Holden, Hopkinton, Hudson, Leominster, Littleton, Lowell, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Maynard, Pepperell, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Sterling, Stow, Sudbury, Townsend, Westford, and more...