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Marlene Shiner
marlene shiner esq., family law + mediation

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300 Washington Street
Suite 308
Newton, MA 02458
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617-921-6736

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Description of Practice

"I believe in the family." "I want to see families thrive. And as much as I understand that every family has conflict, I also understand that for some families, that conflict can be untenable. When conflict seems to become irreconcilable, it’s so important to know that you have options." This sentiment from Marlene Shiner is core to her approach to working with families. At Marlene Shiner Family Law & Mediation, we've created a safe, nimble, experienced boutique legal firm as an advisory to families going through conflict. If it's time to talk to a family law professional to explore how to preserve what’s right for you and your family, consider talking to Marlene. Marlene has been in practice for over 20 years. In that time, she's brought a principle-driven approach to working directly with clients. As an experienced divorce lawyer and mediator, Marlene understands what you're going through. Like you, she always considers how what you're going through will impact your children. You have all the power to determine how the experience of divorce will work for your children, for yourselves — and for your whole family. You have the power to reach a resolution, finally and Marlene can work with you to help you reach it.

Professional Background

Thoughtful and thorough, Marlene has honed her professional acumen and her client-centric style by succeeding in some of the most impressive educational and professional environments. Marlene is a licensed attorney in the United States and Canada and, in addition to her J.D., earned her J.S.D. (equivalent to a PhD in Law) from Cornell Law School. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the impact of divorce on parents and their children and on what to do with the family home upon divorce. Marlene is uniquely qualified to deal with any type of divorce or family law scenario. She is credentialed in mediation by the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Mediation Program, by the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation for Lawyers, (the leading negotiation/mediation program in the world), and by the Institute of Divorce Mediation.

Experience

Marlene has been in practice for over 20 years. In that time, she's brought a principle-driven approach to working directly with clients. As an experienced divorce lawyer and mediator, Marlene understands what you're going through. Like you, she always considers how what you're going through will impact your children. You have all the power to determine how the experience of divorce will work for your children, for yourselves — and for your whole family.

Degrees

Cornell University, J.S.D (2005) | Harvard Law School-Negotiation (1995) | Osgoode Hall Law School J.D. (1995) | University of Toronto B.A. (1990)

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
    Harvard Law Program on Negotiation   
    Institute of Divorce Mediation   
    MCLE Mediation Program   

Approach

Mediation is an approach that allows you — as parents — to decide together what is right for your children and for yourself. Mediation requires negotiation, but the negotiation is not done through individual, client-advocating lawyers. Instead, it is done by the parents with a third-party neutral guiding the parents through the process of resolving the myriad of issues of divorce. As a parent, you alone make decisions that affect yourselves and your children; and as a neutral mediator, we can collaboratively help you take your journey to divorce resolution. Instead of being part of a process by which we all strategize to win, mediation is a process that has both parents sitting on the same side of the table figuring out what is best for your children and your family. Because this is a facilitated process, the facilitator makes no decisions about how the issues of divorce will be resolved. Only you can make these decisions. We are simply there to navigate a family-based road to divorce resolution without the involvement of lawyers and judges.

Fees

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Other Information

In addition to mediation, Marlene offers a full range of legal services. Whether you need counsel or direction about marriage, child custody, divorce, or a myriad of other areas, Marlene Shiner can help you with all things regarding Family Law. From reproductive rights and adoption to paternity and domestic violence and other relevant topics, you can turn to Marlene Shiner for legal insights, advisory, and resources to help you make the right decisions for you and your family. Marlene’s practice includes consultation on any family law issue including guardianship, adoption, paternity, custody, visitation (including grandparent visitation), the family home, family pets, and family-owned businesses. Marlene has consulted with hundreds of divorce attorneys on the financial issues related to family law including division of family property (including the family home), child support, alimony, and pension valuation. She is an expert in the use of the leading divorce financial planning software in the United States and can create scenarios with the software that give spouses various options to decide how they want their financial lives to look after divorce. Marlene is licensed to practice family law in Canada and the United States.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Appellate
  • Business
  • Civil Union Dissolution
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • General
  • International
  • Legal Malpractice
  • LGBTQ
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

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

References available upon request.