Mary Sheridan

Mary Sheridan

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Divorce Mediator and Parenting Coordinator with MWI in Medway and Boston
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Mary has been mediating divorce and family cases with MWI since 2014. As an attorney and mediator she has extensive experience in mediating and litigating Massachusetts divorce and post-divorce issues. She is a former Probate and Family Judicial Law Clerk, served as a Guardian Ad Litem and has been appointed as a Parenting Coordinator in the Probate and Family Courts. Her practice also includes working closely with families of special needs students to help parents get the appropriate educational services for their children in the public schools. Mary is active in numerous professional and community groups. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and previously served on the board of the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN). Mary is also a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. Mary is a special education attorney and family mediator with a strong background in criminal defense and appeals. She has a proven ability to provide effective representation to families of children with special needs, mediate divorce and post-divorce family issues including child custody and financial issues.

Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Post-Divorce Mediation
  • Special  Needs Children
  • Child Custody Disputes
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Property Division

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Licensed to practice law in Massachusetts since 1999
  • Special Needs Advocacy Network Board, Member, 2011 – 2014
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), Member
  • MA Council of Family Mediators Board Member 2014 to Present
  • CCD Teacher, St. Thomas Parish, Millis, Massachusetts, 2009 – 2011
  • MA Collaborative Law Council, Collaborative Divorce Attorney, 2012 – Present
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs Parent Consultant, 2009 – 2010
  • Reading Fluency and Classroom Volunteer, Franklin Public Schools, 2006- 2011

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • When Parents Disagree: Practical Strategies for Advocates, Special Needs Advocacy Network, 2013 – Presentation
  • Parents and Teachers : How to Bridge the Communication Gap, Healthy Living Magazine South Shore Special Needs Learning Conference, April 2013

Background and Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1999
    • Honors: Moot Court Trial Team
    • Honors: Judicial Extern in the Cook County Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Court, Domestic Relations Division
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
    • B.A. – 1993
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: Theater and Art History Concentrations
    • Honors: Performed in theater productions including Julius Caesar, Noises Off, and Twelfth Night
    • Major: English

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