Practitioner Mediator

Practitioner MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, has mediated at least 50 cases for at least 200 hours, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to Mediate.com's required standards of mediation practice..

Demetra Pontisakos

I offer you over 30 years of experience in family law. I am licensed and actively practice law in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I have experience and training in a variety of approaches to resolving your family law issues, including mediation, collaborative law practice, arbitration and traditional representation including negotiation and litigation. I am certified by the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court as a Category V Parenting Coordinator, and trained and certified as a family law arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


I am a solo practitioner in Topsfield, MA, concentrating my practice in divorce and family law. I have over 30 years of experience serving clients in all areas of family law. I have practiced in the Massachusetts courts since 1986 and in the New Hampshire courts since 2004. My practice areas include divorce, division of assets, alimony, child support, child custody matters, guardianship matters, grandparent visitation, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and interstate jurisdictional conflicts.

I have practiced law in both the public sector and the private sector. I have had the privilege and opportunity to represent individuals from all walks of life, with varying cultural and economic backgrounds, and with a broad range of legal and financial concerns. My legal experience in both the public and private sectors has given me a broad perspective in practice.

ADR Experience

I have completed the mediation training under Massachusetts General Laws, c. 233, sec. 23C, which is required for your mediation files and your mediation process to remain confidential under the law.

I provide private mediation services for all family law issues.

I have regularly served as a volunteer conciliator for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court through the Essex County Bar Association since 2010.

My office on Route One in Topsfield provides a comfortable meeting place with ample free parking.

Approach

I work with the parties to look toward the future, and to work toward resolution with the goal of having a more peaceful and more certain future for themselves and for their children.

Mediation reduces stress and confrontation. Mediation fosters the relationship you have as parents, and focuses on workable arrangements for the future rather than on the abilities of each person to be a parent. Mediation increases your control over the process as your resolution is more predictable than a solution imposed by a court. Mediation also reduces the time and the expense related to resolving family law issues.

Education

  • Union College, Schenectady, NY
    Bachelor of Arts, 1982
    Psychology and Arts; 
  • New England Law|Boston
    Juris Doctor, 1985;
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  • Southern Connecticut State University
    Master of Library Science, 2008
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Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • LGBTQ
  • Prenuptial

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Estate Planner
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Representational Lawyer

Fees and Provisos

Fees are discussed on a case by case basis.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • AFCC - Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • MassBar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • AAML - Am. Acad. of Matrimonial Lawyers

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