Professional Details

Demetra Pontisakos
Associate Mediator

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458 Boston Street
Second Floor, Suite 6
TOPSFIELD, MA 01983
USA
(978)744-3363

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Description of Practice

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.

Professional Background

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.

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.

Degrees

  • Union College, Schenectady, NY
    Bachelor of Arts, 1982
    Psychology and Arts;

  • New England Law|Boston
    Juris Doctor, 1985;

  • Southern Connecticut State University
    Master of Library Science, 2008

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
5/1997    North Shore Community Mediation    Basic Mediation Training - 34 hours
8/2013    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers    Arbitration Institute -12 hours
5/2017    William James College    Parenting Coordination-High Conflict Families 28 hours
6/2017    Association of Family and Conciliation Courts    A view into a mediation program at a Massachusetts Probate and Family Court - 1.50 hours

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.

Fees

Fees are discussed on a case by case basis.

Areas of Practice

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

Professional Services

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

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.