Professional Details

Stephen McDonough
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

Next Phase Legal LLC

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65 Holbrook St.
Ste. 270
Norfolk, MA 02056


Description of Practice

My focus is on helping individuals and couples through divorce. I am an experienced mediator and collaborative divorce attorney, but also provide traditional court-based representation for those that are unable to take advantage of the mediation process, perhaps because their spouse will not consider mediation. I believe that for most families, mediation is a better choice. At my firm, we provide the option of hourly billing or flat fees for divorce mediation. Many couples select one of our fixed fee options, which are designed to provide an effective framework for a couple's successful resolution of the issues before them. I enjoy writing and blogging at my firm's website, I am also available to mediate other disputes, such as estate and probate matters. I I am also an experienced Collaborative Lawyer. Our firm is also experienced with business and commercial dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, or litigation when necessary.

Professional Background

After serving as a police officer for 13 years, I became an attorney and a mediator. I am also a Parenting Coordinator, having satisfied all requirements for inclusion on the court-approved list of PCs in Massachusetts. I have concentrated divorce and family law for my entire legal career. I am admitted to practice in Massachusetts and North Carolina, but am inactive in NC. I frequently attend advanced trainings in my practice areas, and enjoy being a business owner as well.


Shortly after becoming an attorney, I attended my mediation certification training. More than half of my divorce and family law practice is mediation, with the remainder a mix of collaborative cases, parenting coordination,and some court-based matters. I have since achieved certification through the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, requiring extensive additional training and experience. I developed comprehensive fixed-fee mediation plans, that have proven very successful over the past years with clients. I am also a collaborative lawyer, although my personal thoughts are that mediation is a better option in most instances.


- BS from Westfield State College, Westfield, MA. - Juris Doctor, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA


When mediating, I belive that fairness is paramount, and that people need to have the right information in order to make good decisions. Because I work with many upper-income clients, I am thorough when helping clients with financial issues, and collect financial data so that both parties have the same information. I've mediated a number of tricky parenting issues, and help families develop parenting plans that help keep things on track.


My hourly rate is $385.00 per hour. Flat fees are also available for mediation and collaborative cases. Rates for Parenting Coordination are $300.00 per hour. Major credit cards are accepted.

Other Information

My firm website and blog at contains helpful information about divorce, mediation, family law, and other rleated information.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.