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Shell Sawyer Mediator and CDFA®️
Shell Sawyer Mediator and CDFA®️




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  • Serves Westfield, MA
✅DIVORCE MEDIATOR I am an experienced Divorce mediator and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst based in Connecticut! My process is streamlined, walking you through every parenting and financial decision, at your own pace, keeping you out of the courtroom. I use my experience and powerful planning software to show you the short- and long-term benefits of a potential settlement. You make decisions based on clear data. I AM OPEN TO WORKING REMOTELY!!! I DO NOT provide legal advice! While I am very well versed in family law and how it applies to building an equitable marital agreement, I cannot give legal advice. You will want to work with a qualified attorney if you are looking for representation or help with filings and other legal matters. I am in Connecticut, but I work with people throughout the country as a Mediator, Divorce Financial Analyst and Coach. I SUPPORT YOU BY MAKING SURE YOU ARE PREPARED, ORGANIZED AND KNOW WHAT IS NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL! OTHER SERVICES I PROVIDE ✅DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, I provide financial consulting. As you work alongside your mediator or lawyer, I provide you the financial guidance and insights you need to make good decisions for your future. ✅CERTIFIED COACH My mission is to give you strategies to take care of your mental health and concentrate on moving forward so you can conquer this stressful time in your life. I specialize in divorce and relationship issues helping you define what you need, what is important for you, and I help you achieve it. I can relate to you, as I have been in your shoes. I believe the best coaches are the people who understand what it’s like to go through a similar experience. When you work with me, I will be your thinking partner, asking you deep questions that will lead to a new perspective and seeing a new way forward. (I am not a mentor, counselor, or therapist, we won't dig in your past). I absolutely love connecting with people, truly listening, and helping my clients feel much better about their lives and their future. Together…let’s help you move forward! Nothing brings me more joy than seeing my clients transition from truly struggling, fearful and anxious about their life ahead, to a feeling empowered and in control of their future. I want this for you more than anything else, but is this what you want?See more


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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I hire a good divorce attorney?

It’s important to spend an adequate amount of time researching and vetting several divorce attorneys before you hire one. Start by searching for top-rated lawyers near you, and read through their clients’ reviews. Get an idea of their reputation, how successful they are and how they set their pricing. 

Make sure each attorney you’re considering is admitted to the bar in the state where your divorce could be adjudicated (ask your prospective lawyer first if you aren’t sure which state is right). And when you feel like you have a good list of potential divorce lawyers who can handle your case, contact them to get price estimates, their hourly rates and any other pricing terms.

How much does it cost to hire a divorce lawyer?

The average cost to hire a divorce lawyer is roughly between $175 to $325 per hour. However, your costs may be higher or lower — it depends on several factors. For example, an uncontested divorce may cost less than a contested divorce.

Reach out to several divorce lawyers to find out how much they charge and what you can expect to pay. 

Also read, “How much does a divorce cost?

Who pays for a divorce?

Often, each spouse pays their own respective lawyer’s attorney fees and costs during a divorce. However, certain circumstances may lead to one party paying for the other’s legal fees.

Do divorce lawyers work on contingency?

It’s unusual for divorce lawyers to work on contingency, where they receive an agreed-upon proportion of the awarded amount if and only if they win the case. It's much more common for lawyers to work on a retainer or on a fixed hourly fee. Always discuss the fees and payment options with lawyers you’re considering hiring.

When should I hire a divorce attorney?

You should hire a divorce attorney in situations where settlements are hard to reach between you and your spouse, or if you want to better understand your rights. This includes a wide range of complicated issues, with common examples being:

  • Child custody and child support
  • Debts owed
  • Future assets like inheritance
  • Current assets like houses, cars and valuables

You should hire an attorney if you and your spouse are having difficulty agreeing to terms on how to handle these issues.

What do lawyers do in a divorce?

A divorce lawyer handles negotiations regarding how assets are divided between spouses, as well as who assumes debts. The divorce lawyer can also help establish an agreement for child support and child custody between the spouses. All of this requires research and evidence gathering, as well as compiling and filing paperwork with the court that summarizes the evidence. 

How do lawyers get paid if they lose a case?

Lawyers typically charge for their time (typically a hourly rate) regardless of whether they win a case. Sometimes, the losing party is ordered to pay the other party’s lawyer fees on top of their own. Some lawyers also work on contingency, meaning they will take a percentage of the awarded amount only if they successfully win the case. 

Before hiring a lawyer, make sure you understand their fee structure.

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