Agreement Resources

Agreement Resources, LLC provides mediation, consulting and training services to individuals, families, businesses and community groups.

Current Highlights

"How to Have a
Happy Financial Divorce"

Smart About Money

Harry Margolis Interviews 
Mediator and Trainer 
Crystal Thorpe

Ask Harry Podcast

"SPLIT" Film Review
Family Mediation Quarterly 

"Divorcing couples follow Gwyneth’s lead and ‘consciously uncouple’"
New York Post

Elder Mediation Training
Newton, MA

"Battling it out when it comes to aging parent's care? Elder mediation might help"
Chicago Tribune

"Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent"
The New York Times

"The Ties that Blind: Elder Mediators Help Siblings Come To Peace for the Sake of Aging Parents"
Slate

"A Referee for Family Disputes"
The Wall Street Journal

"Mom Always Liked You Best: A Guide for Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles & Eldercare Crises" 
New Book by Our Team

"Oh, Brother!  With Parents Aging, Squabbling Siblings Turn to Elder Mediation"
AARP Bulletin

"The Caregivers: Sibling disputes over care"
CBS Evening News Video

"Mediators Save Caregivers' Relationships"
CBSNews.com

"Mediators Help Families with Tough Choices
of Aging"

NPR Morning Edition

Helping our clients settle their disputes without litigation since 2003. 
 

Navigating Family Conflict under Pandemic Conditions

During the current stay-at-home advisory, the COVID19 pandemic, and our public response to it, is creating new challenges for families to navigate.  Staying connected, navigating home spaces that are suddenly shared 24/7, managing financial and emotional stress, and planning for the coming weeks amid uncertainty can be hard.  You may be experiencing more conflict or tension at home, with your children, with your spouse/former spouse or partner, or with other family members.  If you'd like a facilitated conversation or to create a plan around any of the following topics, or others, please know that we are available to help as needed.

  • (Peacefully) sharing family space 24/7
  • Supporting aging family members while keeping them safe
  • Managing communications with college-aged children
  • Balancing work expectations and the needs of school-aged children
  • Managing finances and budgeting while out of work
  • Temporarily modifying a parenting plan
  • Proactively designing new routines together that can work for each member of the household

We’ve been offering online mediation via secure videoconferencing for years, and have moved all our services to an online format during this period to enable access to services while supporting physical distancing.

If you're not sure whether you need help having a conversation, but would like some individual support navigating these kinds of issues, conflict coaching may also be a good choice for you.  

As always, we offer free consultations to hear about your situation and help you determine what services may be the best fit.  Call (617) 621-7009 to explore how we can help.  If your current financial situation has been impacted by current events, we can also discuss options to help ensure that our services are more accessible to people who need them.

Meanwhile, take good care; we’re all in this together!
 

Featured Service:  Divorce Mediation

Mediating a divorce settlement helps protect couples from the destructive effects of an adversarial divorce. For couples with children, mediation helps them separate their spousal role, which is ending, from their parenting role, which is continuing.   Our divorce mediators help our clients to:

• Identify the decisions they need to make in order to navigate the divorce process.
• Consider and discuss their interests and options.
• Document their decisions.

At Agreement Resources, LLC, we are sensitive to your wish for containing the costs associated with your divorce, while not sacrificing thoughtful decision-making.  We customize our services to fit your needs.  Some couples find they are able to do much of the decision-making related to their divorce on their own, and appreciate the opportunity to use mediation sessions that are focused on just one or a few specific issues that they are struggling with.  Other couples especially value the safe, comfortable space that we create, and choose to discuss most of their decisions with the help of our mediators. 

Whatever your situation, we would be happy to talk with you to explore how we can best be of help.  


Traditional Face-to-Face Divorce Mediation Services (In-Person or Online)

Agreement Resources provides co-mediators to help couples work through decisions related to divorce, whether in-person, or via secure videoconferencing.  The number of sessions depends on how much of the process you are able to do on your own.  At the end of the process, our mediators provide you with a written Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which documents the decisions you have made.  This MOU serves as the blueprint for a Separation Agreement to be filed in court.  We work with a number of mediation-friendly attorneys who can prepare the necessary final documents for you, as needed.


Long Distance Divorce Mediation

Conventional wisdom holds that mediating a divorce between two people separated by distance and time zones is far from ideal.  But modern technology offers choices that weren’t available until recently and can make all the difference in creating an alternative process in which a rich and effective mediation can occur.  Video conferencing and even asynchronous mediation can be used effectively in mediation when in-person mediation isn’t feasible. 

For a detailed discussion of this long distance mediation option read "Online Divorce Mediation – making use of technology" by Agreement Resources co-founder Blair Trippe, in a recent issue of ACResolution, the magazine of The Association for Conflict Resolution. 


Elder / Adult Family Mediation

For issues related to elders, caregiving, trusts and estates, please visit the website of our elder mediation division, Elder Decisions, at www.ElderDecisions.com.

 

 





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