Marlene Shiner, esq. family law and mediation

Marlene Shiner, esq.  family law and mediation

"I want to see families thrive. And as much as I understand that every family has conflict, I also know that for some families, that conflict can be untenable. When conflict seems irreconcilable, it's so important to know that you have options

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This lawyer is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and has no record of discipline from the Massachusetts bar association. *

Marlene Shiner, esq.  family law and mediation

Marlene Shiner, esq. family law and mediation

"I want to see families thrive. And as much as I understand that every family has conflict, I also know that for some families, that conflict can be untenable. When conflict seems irreconcilable, it's so important to know that you have options

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This lawyer is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and has no record of discipline from the Massachusetts bar association. *

Firm Overview

"I believe in the family."
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.

A Boutique, Nimble Legal Partner
Because Marlene Shiner Family Law (MSFL) is a nimble legal advisory, MSFL can take on many of the kind of client relationships that some larger firms can't. Whether because these firms do not specialize in this arena or because they are not structured to take on every client, Marlene's extensive expertise in divorce resolution allows those firms to seamlessly align with a savvy, trusted legal partner.

This alignment allows MSFL to naturally complement firms with slightly different core competencies: estate, trust, corporate law, criminal or otherwise. Marlene can also take on cases from other attorneys who trust her to give their clients the individualized attention they need. Marlene can take on all kinds of clients, regardless of net worth, to ensure they get the kind of personal interaction with one lawyer who sees their case through from start to finish.

Because Marlene offers a sliding scale (depending on the income of the clients and their overall financial situation), it can be a win-win to refer cases to Marlene. She truly understands the costs of divorce and works with her clients to resolve the divorce with strict attention to all the details of their clients' lives including their financial lives.

Main Office

Newton
300 Washington Street
Suite 308
Newton, MA 02458

Phone

(617) 921-6736

Fees
Free Initial Consultation?

Free Consultation

Office Information
Office Hours

M-F 9 AM to 7 PM, Sat & Sun 12 PM to 6 PM

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English

Divorce

Divorce Mediation, Divorce Litigation, All areas of Family Law

MEDIATION: Get to what's best... together
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.

Imagine sitting together with a neutral mediator and over time resolving issues of divorce. Imagine that you continue to act as stable, dependable, responsible parents to your children and decide together for them what is right rather than having lawyers or judges do the job for you. Imagine how resolving the divorce yourselves with the help of a mediator bears on the future of your family and the future of your children. Imagine that rather than being subjected to an order of a court or a negotiated settlement with which you are unhappy, you are the creator of the solutions to your divorce and you truly own the resolution.

This is what mediation can give you that litigation cannot.

LITIGATION: Resolution through representation
During the process of divorce litigation, parents negotiate through lawyers to come to a settlement about how the divorce will play out and how issues about the divorce will be resolved. From the determination of child support, alimony (support for a spouse) or how assets and liabilities will be divided, who will get the family home or if it will be sold and, most importantly, who will make decisions for the children and with whom the children will live...

Together with their lawyers, each parent decides what they want for themselves and their children and negotiates to get what they want through their lawyer. If the negotiation falls apart (i.e. the parents can not reach an agreement about how all the issues above are to be resolved) the case goes to court and, after hearing each parents side of the story, a judge decides how the case will be resolved. At that point, it is out of the parents hands and they are required by law to abide by the judge's decision.

This means that a judge, without knowing or meeting your children, will decide what is best for them and that one the parents will win and one the parents will lose with respect to how the issues of divorce are resolved. Litigation can often be very attractive to each parent because each parent believes that what they want for themselves and their children is right. What they find, however, is that litigation requires them to negotiate for their own perceived best resolution and that negotiation always means giving something up. It also means that if the parents are not willing to negotiate or give something up, a judge will decide for them what is right and order the parents to do what the court says is the right thing to do.

FAMILY LAW CONSULTING: Counsel for all areas of the family
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.


As a result of her work as policy adviser to the Canadian Government with respect to family law issues, Marlene can answer any questions regarding the policy reasons behind family law legislation. In addition, Marlene is licensed to prac

What are your firm's strengths and style?

Keeping focus on what you value most... always.
Personalized, insightful and caring. These are some of the pillars of Marlene's approach to working with clients. She balances this approach with a commitment to no-nonsense litigation and mediation that always begins with the end in mind.

Marlene is a zealous advocate in litigation and an objective third-party neutral in mediation. In either case, she provides a confidential, safe, and structured space to resolve her clients family law issues. In litigation she navigates the court system and in mediation she facilitates communication between both parents and helps them to work together to make decisions for themselves and their children. Those who choose mediation often feel that the power to make the best decisions for a family is best when it remains with the family. Those who choose litigation often prefer knowing that there is an attorney who is well equipped to zealously advocate for their clients singular positions and interests.

Marlene has shown that parents can put their faith in her as a third party neutral and take them on the journey from anger and anxiety to cooperation and calm. She is expertly able to create a safe space for parents to work together to meet their own needs and the needs of their children and achieve the resolution that is truly right for their family, finally.

Marlene Shiner, esq.  family law and mediation
Marlene Shiner

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. She is a member of the Ontario and Massachusetts chapters of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and serves on the Family Law Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

License

Bar Number: 39278
Ontario, 1997

Bar Number: 670723
Massachusetts, 2007

Education

Harvard Law School
Negotiation, 1995

Osgoode Hall Law School
J.D. | Family Law, 1997

University of Toronto
B.A. | Sociology, 1990

Cornell Law School
J.S.D., 2005

Marlene Shiner, esq.  family law and mediation
Marlene Shiner

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. She is a member of the Ontario and Massachusetts chapters of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and serves on the Family Law Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

License

Bar Number: 39278
Ontario, 1997

Bar Number: 670723
Massachusetts, 2007

Education

Harvard Law School Negotiation, 1995


Osgoode Hall Law School J.D. | Family Law, 1997


University of Toronto B.A. | Sociology, 1990


Cornell Law School J.S.D., 2005


Firm Overview

"I believe in the family."
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.

A Boutique, Nimble Legal Partner
Because Marlene Shiner Family Law (MSFL) is a nimble legal advisory, MSFL can take on many of the kind of client relationships that some larger firms can't. Whether because these firms do not specialize in this arena or because they are not structured to take on every client, Marlene's extensive expertise in divorce resolution allows those firms to seamlessly align with a savvy, trusted legal partner.

This alignment allows MSFL to naturally complement firms with slightly different core competencies: estate, trust, corporate law, criminal or otherwise. Marlene can also take on cases from other attorneys who trust her to give their clients the individualized attention they need. Marlene can take on all kinds of clients, regardless of net worth, to ensure they get the kind of personal interaction with one lawyer who sees their case through from start to finish.

Because Marlene offers a sliding scale (depending on the income of the clients and their overall financial situation), it can be a win-win to refer cases to Marlene. She truly understands the costs of divorce and works with her clients to resolve the divorce with strict attention to all the details of their clients' lives including their financial lives.

Main Office

Newton
300 Washington Street
Suite 308
Newton, MA 02458

Phone

(617) 921-6736

Fees
Free Initial Consultation?

Free Consultation

Office Information
Office Hours

M-F 9 AM to 7 PM, Sat & Sun 12 PM to 6 PM

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English

Divorce

Divorce Mediation, Divorce Litigation, All areas of Family Law

MEDIATION: Get to what's best... together
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.

Imagine sitting together with a neutral mediator and over time resolving issues of divorce. Imagine that you continue to act as stable, dependable, responsible parents to your children and decide together for them what is right rather than having lawyers or judges do the job for you. Imagine how resolving the divorce yourselves with the help of a mediator bears on the future of your family and the future of your children. Imagine that rather than being subjected to an order of a court or a negotiated settlement with which you are unhappy, you are the creator of the solutions to your divorce and you truly own the resolution.

This is what mediation can give you that litigation cannot.

LITIGATION: Resolution through representation
During the process of divorce litigation, parents negotiate through lawyers to come to a settlement about how the divorce will play out and how issues about the divorce will be resolved. From the determination of child support, alimony (support for a spouse) or how assets and liabilities will be divided, who will get the family home or if it will be sold and, most importantly, who will make decisions for the children and with whom the children will live...

Together with their lawyers, each parent decides what they want for themselves and their children and negotiates to get what they want through their lawyer. If the negotiation falls apart (i.e. the parents can not reach an agreement about how all the issues above are to be resolved) the case goes to court and, after hearing each parents side of the story, a judge decides how the case will be resolved. At that point, it is out of the parents hands and they are required by law to abide by the judge's decision.

This means that a judge, without knowing or meeting your children, will decide what is best for them and that one the parents will win and one the parents will lose with respect to how the issues of divorce are resolved. Litigation can often be very attractive to each parent because each parent believes that what they want for themselves and their children is right. What they find, however, is that litigation requires them to negotiate for their own perceived best resolution and that negotiation always means giving something up. It also means that if the parents are not willing to negotiate or give something up, a judge will decide for them what is right and order the parents to do what the court says is the right thing to do.

FAMILY LAW CONSULTING: Counsel for all areas of the family
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.


As a result of her work as policy adviser to the Canadian Government with respect to family law issues, Marlene can answer any questions regarding the policy reasons behind family law legislation. In addition, Marlene is licensed to prac

What are your firm's strengths and style?

Keeping focus on what you value most... always.
Personalized, insightful and caring. These are some of the pillars of Marlene's approach to working with clients. She balances this approach with a commitment to no-nonsense litigation and mediation that always begins with the end in mind.

Marlene is a zealous advocate in litigation and an objective third-party neutral in mediation. In either case, she provides a confidential, safe, and structured space to resolve her clients family law issues. In litigation she navigates the court system and in mediation she facilitates communication between both parents and helps them to work together to make decisions for themselves and their children. Those who choose mediation often feel that the power to make the best decisions for a family is best when it remains with the family. Those who choose litigation often prefer knowing that there is an attorney who is well equipped to zealously advocate for their clients singular positions and interests.

Marlene has shown that parents can put their faith in her as a third party neutral and take them on the journey from anger and anxiety to cooperation and calm. She is expertly able to create a safe space for parents to work together to meet their own needs and the needs of their children and achieve the resolution that is truly right for their family, finally.

Marlene Shiner, esq.  family law and mediation
Marlene Shiner

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. She is a member of the Ontario and Massachusetts chapters of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and serves on the Family Law Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

License

Bar Number: 39278
Ontario, 1997

Bar Number: 670723
Massachusetts, 2007

Education

Harvard Law School
Negotiation, 1995

Osgoode Hall Law School
J.D. | Family Law, 1997

University of Toronto
B.A. | Sociology, 1990

Cornell Law School
J.S.D., 2005

Marlene Shiner, esq.  family law and mediation
Marlene Shiner

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. She is a member of the Ontario and Massachusetts chapters of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and serves on the Family Law Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

License

Bar Number: 39278
Ontario, 1997

Bar Number: 670723
Massachusetts, 2007

Education

Harvard Law School Negotiation, 1995


Osgoode Hall Law School J.D. | Family Law, 1997


University of Toronto B.A. | Sociology, 1990


Cornell Law School J.S.D., 2005


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This lawyer is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and has no record of discipline from the Massachusetts bar association. *

* Nolo has confirmed that every member attorney has a valid license and is in good standing with the state agency that licenses lawyers. Any past disbarments and suspensions (with possible exceptions for minor violations or nonpayment of dues, in our discretion) will be indicated accordingly in the badge. Member attorneys are required to notify Nolo immediately if they become the subject of any disciplinary action by any state licensing agency.

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This lawyer is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and has no record of discipline from the Massachusetts bar association. *

* Nolo has confirmed that every member attorney has a valid license and is in good standing with the state agency that licenses lawyers. Any past disbarments and suspensions (with possible exceptions for minor violations or nonpayment of dues, in our discretion) will be indicated accordingly in the badge. Member attorneys are required to notify Nolo immediately if they become the subject of any disciplinary action by any state licensing agency.