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Parenting Coordinator

A Parenting Coordinator is:

a neutral third party who helps separated or divorced parents, who are caught in high conflict, resolve child-related disputes privately and out of court. MWI’s clients can be court ordered or parents can elect to utilize a parent coordinator. A Parenting Coordinator assists parents in developing and/or implementing a parenting plan as well as discussing and making decisions on topics that relate to a child or children well-being.

Parenting Coordinators (click on photo for bio)

  • Patricia Brady
    Patricia Brady
  • Tony Pelusi
    Tony Pelusi
  • Mary Sheridan
    Mary Sheridan
Patricia Brady
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Parenting Coordinator services in Medford, MA
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution and Parenting Coordinator Experience

Patricia Brady, MS, LMHC, LMFT, is a Parenting Coordinator with MWI. Her private practice work supports families as they overcome various adversities in their life. For over 22 years she has worked in the field of Child Welfare. She is a skilled clinician in terms of the assessment of risk, diagnosis and the development of
treatment plans for children and their families. She also services as a Court Investigator, Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and a Forensic Evaluator where she conducts forensic evaluations in child welfare cases involving issues related to parental fitness, parenting time (visitation), where children have been alleged to be victims of severe abuse and/or neglect or subject to a high conflict custody disputes.

Patricia serves as a Parenting Coordinator with MWI.


Representative Matters

  • Parenting Coordinator
  • High conflict custody disputes
  • C0-Parenting after divorce or separation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) – Member
  • Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC – Current President
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Massachusetts Association for Guardian Ad Litem
  • American Psychological Association Published in Madison’s Who’s Who

Background and Education

  • Lesley College – Cambridge, MA – Bachelor of Science – Human Services – Major, Psychology – Minor September 1990
  • University of Massachusetts – Boston, MA – Master of Science Human Services – Clinical Services – Major
  • Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Center of Excellence for Children, Families, and the Law.
  • Certificate in Child and Family Forensics – MSPP
    • Divorce Custody Evaluation
    • Child Maltreatment
    • Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
    • Parent Coordination – The American Psychotherapy Association

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Tony Pelusi

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Parenting Coordinator
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution and Parenting Coordinator Experience

Tony Pelusi is a life coach, relationship facilitator, attorney and mediator. Having been working in the field of dispute resolution for more than 32 years, in which he started out as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, and then he later opened his own law firm with a focus on criminal and civil cases. In 2006, he re-established himself as a Parenting Coordinator and Relationship Coach. Tony serves as a Parenting Coordinator with MWI.


Representative Matters

Parenting Coordinator / Facilitator for:

  • Parents caught in high conflict co-parenting relationships
  • Post-Divorce Parents
  • Complex Parenting Time Arrangements
  • Coaching
  • Facilitator
  • Family Counsel

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) – Member
  • Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC – Board Member
  • The Divorce Center – Member
  • Justinian Law Society – Member, Board of Directors and Past President

Background and Education

  • J.D., Suffolk University (1977)
  • B.A.,University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1975, cum laude)

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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.


Representative Matters

  • 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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Understanding the Role of a Parenting Coordinator

Each MWI parenting coordinator starts by serving as a facilitator and mediator. If agreement is not reached, the MWI parent coordinator will act as arbitrator.

After new clients agree to use MWI, parents may meet individually and/or together with a parent coordinator over the phone, or in Boston, Danvers, and Medway, MA. Subsequent communication may take place via phone and/or email in addition to, or instead of, face-to-face meetings. On occasion, the parenting coordinator may also speak with the children or other professionals to gather the information necessary to understand the family and the issues. Written minutes and/or decisions are generally sent to the parties. If either of the parties is unhappy with that decision, the issue may be able to be brought before a judge. However, until a court order dictates otherwise, the decision of the parenting coordinator is binding on the parties by virtue of either the signed Parent Coordinator Agreement, stipulation of the parties, or court order.

Payment for Parent Coordinator Services

Most often the Parent Coordinator fees are split evenly between the parties. The parties may decide to share fees differently or a court may make a determination. Please contact a MWI Case Manger at 617-895-4028 if you have questions about fees.

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For more information about a Parenting Coordinator for your family, contact Josh Hoch at jhoch@mwi.org or 617-895-4028.