Valerie J. Botter


Phone: 413-586-8651

16 Center Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Profession(s): Family Law Attorney, Mediator
Counties Served: Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester
About Me:

While the decision to end a marriage or relationship is never easy, resolving custody, parenting time, support, and property division need not be difficult or unreasonably expensive. As a Massachusetts divorce and family law mediator, I meet with both parties and help facilitate a satisfactory settlement. A mediated divorce spares clients the expense and stress of protracted lawyer negotiations or a litigated process in which the Judge makes decisions about you and your family’s future. Alternatively, as a collaborative divorce lawyer, I will represent you in a respectful negotiated settlement process.

Following decades of experience in traditional and alternative dispute resolution, and many successful trials, I now focus my practice exclusively as a mediator and as a collaborative attorney. This means that I do not represent clients in litigated matters in Court, or in negotiations where the other party is not committed to a collaborative process. I also provide legal advice to individuals who are working with other mediators, I draft prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and I mediate and provide collaborative representation in post-separation and post-divorce issues including modifying parenting schedules and support obligations.


Collaborative representation, mediation services, drafting and reviewing prenuptial agreements, and legal advice to clients who are working with a different mediator.