Divorce and Family

Divorce and Family

dorisphotoEnding a marriage is a devastating experience. Successfully navigating the emotional impact and financial consequences may seem impossible. While litigation can intensify an adversarial divorce, Collaborative Family Law encourages the best in people experiencing one of the worst times of their lives. By removing the threat of litigation, in Collaborative Law, attorneys and parties focus on reaching solutions that will meet the needs of both parties and their restructured family. Doris Tennant is a leading Collaborative practitioner in Massachusetts. Collaborative Family Law has been her specialty for well over a decade.

Doris is also a mediator certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She provides mediation services for divorcing parties who prefer this alternative dispute option. In addition to divorce, mediation can also be effective in facilitating the resolution of business, workplace, and family disputes — for example, to resolve leadership succession in family business, employment discrimination cases, and estate settlements.

Trained by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Doris also arbitrates divorce cases in informal proceedings and renders a decision which can be binding.


Collaborative Family Law

The objective of Collaborative Family Law is to civilize the divorce process, as Collaborative-trained attorneys focus on problem-solving through negotiation between the involved parties, rather than taking the case to court. Not only does the Collaborative process tend to resolve cases more efficiently, saving the expense of a lengthy litigation and reducing the emotional damage to family members, it also enables the parties to explore and customize settlement options beyond those that might be imposed within a court setting.
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Divorce and Family Resources

While the emotional and financial impacts of divorce can be substantial for both partners and family members, fortunately, these effects can be mitigated somewhat through a civilized divorce process. Nonetheless, additional support and education can help accelerate the healing process. A wide variety of resources are accessible, with many focused specifically on helping children to understand and cope with the effects of divorce. Knowledge kits, resource guides and parent education classes are also widely available.
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“Instead of the divorce being a focal point of resentment and pain, I now look at it as a step toward better family relationships. The Agreement you helped us craft is still working—parenting schedule, finances, and the rest. Ours is about the best divorce arrangement we’ve encountered, and I’m very grateful for the assistance you provided during such a terrible time in our lives.”

“You were truly a model of strength, wisdom, and compassion throughout the difficult process. I learned more than I ever imagined I would. Everything in regard to the divorce is going without a hitch, thanks to your careful and thoughtful guidance.”

Doris reflects on Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution by Diane Musho Hamilton.


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