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Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation allows couples to create the terms of their divorce and separation agreement amicably. MWI’s experienced mediators help clients reach agreement on each topic related to divorce in Massachusetts, including: division of assets, children, parenting time, health insurance, and more.




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  • Josh Hoch
    Josh Hoch
  • Nnena Odim
    Nnena Odim
  • Alan Jacobs
    Alan Jacobs
  • Mary Anne Johnson
    Mary Anne Johnson
Josh Hoch

Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston (Financial District)
617-895-4028 | jhoch@mwi.org

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Josh Hoch is a mediator, instructor, and is Director of Mediation Services & Negotiation Programs at MWI. A mediator since 1996, Josh mediates family, divorce, parenting, child support, never married parents, and housing cases with MWI and other ADR organizations. In addition to his mediation work, Josh is also a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads advanced mediation training programs in areas of divorce and housing/eviction. As Director of Mediation Services at MWI, Josh manages cases referred from individuals, companies, EAP’s, therapists, attorneys, Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts, and the Land Court Department of Massachusetts Trial Court System. Josh is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC from 2005 to 2012. Josh has been featured in the Boston Globe and on the award-winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce, and the use of divorce and family mediation in Massachusetts.


Representative Matters

Josh Hoch has mediated over 650 cases including:

  • Divorce Mediation – short and long term marriages
  • Never married parents – separation, parenting plans, and child support
  • Physical separation, asset & liability division, and property division
  • Same-sex divorce
  • Custody disputes
  • Parenting plans
  • Parents who want to stay married
  • Pro Se and with attorneys present
  • Several cases mediated with a Spanish translator
  • High conflict cases
  • Cases involving bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and domestic violence

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Designed and oversee a mediation program where divorce and family mediation services are provided to the Trial Court. (September 2013 – present)
  • Received recognition for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the MA AFCC Chapter, an organization working to assist families in conflict through education, research and services.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC (2005 – 2012)
  • Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Organizational Member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Appeared on the award winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce and the use of divorce and family mediation in MA
  • Featured as a mediator in a Boston Globe article
  • Served as Treasurer of an annual fundraiser for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients and their families, (2003 – March 2015)

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • AFCC’s 54th Annual Conference: Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony, Conference Presenter (May 2017)
  • Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), Housing Mediation Trainer, (February 2017)
  • International Academic Institute of Mediation, Conference Presenter, Divorce Mediation in the Courts, (September 2015)
  • Provide individual mentoring to mediators looking to increase their effectiveness as mediators, (2003 – present)
  • Advanced Refresher Mediation Skills Training Program, Coach, (August 2015)
  • New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution Biennial Regional Conference, Presenter, “I’m a Trained Mediator, Now What do I Do?”, (June 2015)
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Instructor, (April 2015)
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Presenter, On-site mediation project in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, (2014)
  • Emerson College, Guest Speaker, (2014 – Present)
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, Present results of a pilot mediation program, (2013 – present)
  • New England Law | Boston, Ethical Standards, Presenter, (2005 – 2013)
  • Liaison for Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Mediation Practicum, (2001 – 2011)
  • A Child’s Voice in Court: How to Get It, How to Interpret It and How to Use It, Panel Speaker, (2008)
  • Coca-Cola Enterprise Inc., Trainer. Trained over 950 employees dispute resolution and communication skills and educated over 1700 employees through briefings, (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Vermont), (2004 – 2006)
  • Harvard Law School, Intern Fair, Cambridge, MA, Presenter, (2005)
  • Boston University Law School, Court Connected ADR, Guest Speaker, (2003 – 2008)
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center, Divorce Mediation Presenter, (2003 – 2004)
  • Southern New England School of Law, Mediation Trainer and Coach (2004)
  • Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Guest Lecturer, Parent – Teen Mediation (2004)
  • Lexington Community Education, Divorce: Information You Want to Know, (2004)
  • Northeastern University, undergraduate class, Guest Speaker, (2001 – 2002)

Background and Education

  • Divorce and Family Mediator, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Director of Mediation & Arbitration Services, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Divorce Mediator, CLC Inc., Granite Bay, CA, 2004 – Present
  • Court & Divorce Mediator, Cambridge, MA, 2001 – 2012
  • Boston Municipal Court Mediator, Boston, MA, 2004 – 2007
  • Mediator for Prisoner Disputes, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Cambridge, MA 2003 – 2005
  • District Court Mediator, Middlesex Mediation Program, Lowell, MA, 2000 – 2001
  • Staff Member, Academy of Family Mediators, Jan. 2000 – Dec. 2000
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
  • Mediation Training, L. Wing Mediation Consulting, 1996

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Nnena Odim

Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Jamaica Plain and Boston
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Nnena Odim is a mediator, trainer, attorney, and consultant. She has been mediating since 1997 and has mediated disputes involving issues such as employment, housing, business, consumer, and specializes in mediating the full range of family/domestic relations (elder care, adoption, care and protection, CHINS, divorce, grandparent visitation, and GLBT issues, etc.). Nnena also designed and/or led numerous conflict management trainings for several local and national businesses and agencies, including Coca Cola Enterprises, the Boston Public Schools, and the Massachusetts Housing Authority. In addition to her mediation and conflict resolution training background, Nnena is the Associate Director and Clinical Instructor of the Family/Domestic Violence Law Clinic at The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. She provides experiential training to law students as she teaches them how to become effective and ethical attorneys.  Nnena has also worked with the Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Program on Negotiation to provide trainings for students and various community members and to supervise Harvard Law School students in their mediation and negotiation studies. Nnena has mediated personal, academic, and administrative issues between students and faculty in higher education settings and served as a coach of mediation skills in trainings at Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools, and New England School of Law.


Representative Matters

  • Worked with over 100 same-sex couples in both mediation and litigation, on a variety of legal scenarios, such as 2nd parent adoptions, divorce (with and without children), paternity, business dissolution, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and donor agreements for sperm donation
  • Drafted over 100 post-mediation Settlement Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding
  • Guardian ad Litem, appointed by Suffolk and Middlesex County Family and Probate Courts

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Top Women in the Law award recipient, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2013
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Training faculty for MWI’s annual Advanced Divorce Training
  • Guest lecturer for Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools’ mediation courses

Background and Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (1997)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1991)
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh (1985)

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Alan Jacobs

Mediating with MWI in Falmouth, MA
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Alan Jacobs is a mediator with MWI and in private practice in Falmouth, MA.  Alan’s goal is to help make divorce, one of the most difficult life transitions, an easier, more peaceful process for everyone involved.  He is passionately committed to making divorce as easy and harmonious as possible for couples who are receptive to working together.

Alan brings over 25 years of experience helping individuals and organizations resolve conflict.  He professionally trained with MWI in 1997 and later with Cape Mediation.  Alan has also completed advanced Divorce Mediation Training and the Barnstable County Bar Association’ Family and Probate Conciliation Training.  He is a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and a founder and director of the Cape & Islands Mediation Collaborative, Inc.  Alan currently assists families and individuals in resolving conflicts and legal disputes as a private mediator through Falmouth Mediation, MWI, and in the Barnstable and Nantucket County Courts with Cape Mediation.


Representative Matters

  • Divorce for short and long-term marriages
  • Parenting plans, child custody and parenting time (visitation)
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Asset and liability division
  • Division of property
  • Post-decree modifications

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Mediator, MWI’s Divorce and Family Mediation Panel
  • Mediator & Founder, Falmouth Mediation
  • Member, Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Mediator, Cape Cod Mediation, Barnstable and Nantucket County  Courts
  • Founder & Director, Cape & Islands Mediation Collaborative, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Corporate Member Council
  • Founder & Chair, ASEE International Engineering Education Special Interest Group
  • Advisory Board, ASEE Journal of Engineering Education
  • Member, ASEE Projects Board & International Strategic Planning Task Force
  • Contributor, ASEE “Advancing the Scholarship of Engineering Education: A Year of Dialogue.”
  • Executive Board, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES)
  • Advisory Board, University Film & Video Association (UFVA), Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT), Broadcast Education Association (BEA) & International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa)
  • Board of Directors, Touchstone Training & Consulting Company, Inc.

Background and Education

  • Masters of Education, University of Massachusetts
  • Masters of Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts
  • Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Accelerated Learning Institute of New England
  • Managing High Performance, The Real Learning Company
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Tang Soo Do

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Mary Anne Johnson

Mediating with MWI in Norwell & Boston
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Mary Anne Chardo Johnson is an experienced divorce mediator, attorney, and teacher. A cum laude graduate of Boston College, Mary Anne holds a B.A. in education and a J.D. from Southern New England School of Law. Mary Anne’s private practice focuses on non-adversarial family law in addition to divorce and family mediation. Mary Anne also provides counsel for a number of individual clients on a wide range of interpersonal and family matters. In her private practice and as a member of the MWI Panel of Divorce and Marital Mediators, Mary Anne has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes associated with separation, divorce, and post-divorce modifications. Mary Anne has helped even high-conflict divorcing, divorced and never-married clients create workable, mutually satisfactory separation agreements, modifications and parenting plans. Mary Anne is the former Program Coordinator of the Probate and Family Court’s Access and Visitation Project, a court-based parent education program for never-married parents. As Coordinator, Mary Anne presented the program weekly to the mostly unrepresented (pro se) litigants in the Suffolk and Middlesex divisions and contributed to the development of written educational materials and updates on court procedures and practices relating to custody, parenting, and child support.


Representative Matters

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Post-Divorce Modification Mediation
  • Never-Married Parents Mediation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • President, Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Women Attorneys Network of the South Shore
  • Member, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Member, MWI Panel of Divorce and Family Mediators
  • Member, First District Eastern Middlesex Bar Association
  • Member, Middlesex County Probate Court Conciliation Program

Background and Education

  • Mediator, MWI Divorce and Family Mediation Panel, Boston, MA, 2003-present
  • Owner, Law Office of MaryAnne Johnson, Esq., Weymouth, MA, 2005-present
  • Freelance editor Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) 2005-2008
  • Peer Mediation Program Coordinator, Boston Community Leadership Academy, 2002-2005
  • Program Coordinator, Access and Visitation Program, Probate and Family Court, Middlesex and Suffolk Divisions, 2002
  • Juris Doctor, Southern New England School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Boston College

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Divorce Mediation Process

MWI guides clients through each step of the divorce process in Massachusetts:

one

Meet with a mediator to learn more about mediation

 two

At a first session, review a checklist of each topic

three

During mediation, reach agreements that work for each of you

four

Review a draft of your Divorce Agreement

five

Finalize, sign, and notarize paperwork

six

Attend court for a brief hearing

If you have children, attend a mandatory parent education program.

 

Why Divorce Mediation?

Since divorce mediators assist couples in reaching an amicable divorce agreement in less time and with less cost than other methods, such as litigation, divorce mediation seems like a good choice for many divorcing couples. To find out if divorce mediation is an option for your situation, contact us at 617-895-4028schedule a free consultation, or request a call from a divorce mediator.

Schedule a Consultation

For couples considering divorce or who have made the decision to divorce, MWI invites you to take advantage of a free consultation with an MWI mediator in Boston (Financial District), Falmouth, Framingham, Hingham, Jamaica Plain, Mashpee, Natick, Norwell, Norwood, Peabody, Salem, Walpole, Westborough, and Worcester. Consultations can also take place via phone or video. Consultations are free when both parties attend or $175 if one person attends. To schedule, contact Josh at 617-895-4028 or schedule online.

Locations

MWI provides divorce mediation services throughout Massachusetts. As a result, divorce mediation can take place in: Boston, Falmouth, Framingham, Hingham, Jamaica Plain, Mashpee, Natick, Norwell, Norwood, Peabody, Salem, Walpole, Westborough, and Worcester. In addition, a divorce mediator may be able to travel to you.

Contact Us

Furthermore, sign up for an upcoming webinar or speak with a divorce mediator at 617-895-4028.


Client Comments

“I am strongly recommending MWI in a divorce mediation process. It did take several hours of negotiation but at the end of the day, it is 10 times cheaper than involving lawyers and have both parties fight.”

Divorce Mediation Client

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For More Information

For more information contact Josh Hoch, at jhoch@mwi.org or 617-895-4028.