Janet Miller Wiseman LICSW, Certified Divorce & Family Mediator, MCFM
Janet Miller Wiseman
The Negotiation Collaborative
Divorce and Family Mediation and Clinical Services
Janet Miller Wiseman is one of the two longest established and experienced mediators in Massachusetts and is a seasoned psychotherapist. When in 1979 she founded The Negotiation Collaborative, she helped to co-spearhead a shift from adversarial negotiation in Massachusetts divorce to a much more usual expectation of cooperative settlement of disputes through mediation and negotiation. Janet co-founded the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation in 1982 and was President for two years.
Long Established Individual Psychotherapist, Couple and Family Therapist for 39 years
As a pioneer in the field of divorce mediation in Massachusetts, Janet has over 35 years experience in helping parties understand the requirements and statutes of divorce and in helping them develop creative solutions to co-parenting, resource sharing and asset division.
Because of long experience, Janet is able to meet with parties for two-hour sessions to quickly help them reach agreements about:
• Co-parenting and talking with children
• Child expense sharing
• Support of one another, if necessary
• Protecting the children should parents die before the children complete an
• Medical/dental insurance coverage
• Transfer, buy-out or sale of real estate
• Division of investments, retirement plans, responsibility for debts
• Tax consequences of divisions; allocation of head of household,
dependency exemption and child-care tax credits
• Mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions
Pioneer in Divorce Mediation: Developing Creative Alternatives
There are comparatively few certified divorce mediators by the Mass Council on Family Mediation. To be a certified mediator, one must continuously complete course work in family law, mediation and negotiation. In 2013 alone, Janet has extended her knowledge in courses on financial and estate planning, ethics, the new 2012 alimony law and how it interfaces with the August 2013 child support guidelines, and numerous other courses.
Family Therapist Training in 1972
Janet is the divorce mediator other mediators and lawyers turn to for expert
recommendations and in-depth understanding of how to help couples talk with their
children about divorce, given their ages and developmental stages.
Janet has sought out some of the most experienced professionals to be her Collaborators; James McCusker, CPA, CFP, Howard Goldstein, Esquire, Jeanne Kangas, Esquire and Chris Chen, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Each Collaborator is readily accessible to the other for dialogue and referral.
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Janet is certified by the Mass Council on Family Mediator as a divorce and family mediator, is the author of a book and numerous articles in the mediation field, is an interactive teacher, professor, lecturer, and presenter on mediation and negotiation in North and South America. She has a background in psychotherapy and is a highly successful mediator in diverse settings. All sessions are available in English and Spanish. Janet’s curriculum vitae is available.
Janet completed training at the Boston Family Institute in 1972 in Family and Couple Therapy; at Simmons College School of Social Work in Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in 1972 and in Divorce Mediation in 1981 at the Academy of Family Mediators. She has been receiving continuing education in Negotiation at the Program for Negotiation of Harvard Law School, Mass Council on Legal Education, Mass Council on Family Mediation, and Mental Health Mediation Consultation focused on mediation and collaboration for over 35 years.
Janet attended "Five Hour Divorce Tax and Finance Seminar"
given by Chris Chen CDFA & CFP and Diane Pappas, CDFA, Insight Financial Strategists LLC
Janet Miller Wiseman provides Mediation and Counseling Services in the Boston area. She is an accomplished Divorce, Family and Business Mediator, and Individual/Couples/Family Psychotherapist. She has over 40 years of experience as an individual/couple/family psychotherapist and over well over 35 years of experience as a divorce mediator. Her office is located in Lexington, MA. and while she serves clients from all over Massachusetts, many of her clients are from Acton, Arlington, Burlington, Bedford, Concord, Gloucester, Framingham, Lincoln, Malden, Newton, Watertown, Wellesley, Winchester, Waltham, Woburn, Reading and Salem. Janet is also willing to travel to your location for training, presentations and workshops.