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Julia Rueschemeyer

Julia Rueschemeyer

Compassionate, cost-efficient divorce mediation and family law
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Massachusetts
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Getting divorced and resolving family law issues involves transitions that are not easy. I am an experienced divorce mediator and family lawyer, and I will guide you through these transitions with compassion, treating you and your concerns with respect. We will work together, one issue at a time, to create solutions that work for you and your family and ensure that the focus stays on the healthiest process and outcome for you and your children. I use only non-adversarial processes—mediation, collaborative law divorce, and out-of-court negotiations—which emphasize open, respectful communication. These methods of reaching agreements avoid the high costs, delays, and interpersonal conflict and stress that are typical of litigation through the courts. I have been practicing divorce law and mediation full time in Massachusetts since 2003 and successfully mediated hundreds of cases. Before moving to Massachusetts, I was Staff Attorney at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles, and I served as Director of the Feinstein Institute for Legal Service at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. I have been admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, California, New York, and Massachusetts.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Free Consultation
    I give 1/2 hour free consultation, either on the telephone or in person. Clients tell me that this initial consultation helps them to see ways of moving forward with clarity, bringing them great relief.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard, and any card accepted by Square.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I am efficient in helping parties come to agreement. I complete most of my divorce mediation cases for $2000-3500, with my simplest cases--no children, no property, and the couple are in agreement about divorcing--for as little as $1000. My hourly rate is $325/hour.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • German: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Attorney Julia Rueschemeyer Divorce Mediation
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Director, Feinstein Institute for Legal Service
Roger Williams University School of Law
Family Law Attorney
Rhode Island Legal Services
Staff Attorney
The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Los Angeles
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Maynard Toll Clinic
Law Clerk
Superior Court of PA, Honorable Phyllis W. Beck
University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D. (1991)
Brown University
(1987) Economics
Honors: magna cum laude
Professional Associations
State Bar of Massachusetts # 652919
Hampshire County Bar Association
Sustaining Member
- Current
Berkshire County Bar Association
- Current
The Divorce Center: Improving the divorce process and its impact on family
- Current
Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
- Current
Collaborative Law
Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
Websites & Blogs
Attorney Julia Rueschemeyer Divorce Mediation webpage
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered

Q. How long does it take to get a divorce through mediation in Massachusetts?
A: A sample timeline (when there are no holdups) for divorce mediation: A first appointment is usually available within 5-15 days. • After our first meeting, I get you a draft of the separation agreement within about 1-2 weeks. This can take longer if there are real estate, business, or pension appraisals that need to be done. • We then schedule a second meeting of about an hour-and-a-half, usually 1-4 weeks after I get you a draft separation agreement. • At the end of the second meeting, you sign the updated documents and I notarize them. • You then “file” them at the county probate courthouse and pay a $215 filing fee to the court. • About 1-2 weeks later, you receive a letter from the court specifying a court date, typically 2-6 weeks after the date of the letter. • On your court date, you have a 15-minute court hearing where the judge signs the agreement. • 120 days after the judge signs the papers, you are officially divorced.
Q. My husband and I have 2 kids and he only wants to pay for daycare even thou the kids live with me ,can I get him to help
A: Through a divorce process, you can get child support according to Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. The calculation is based on each of your gross incomes, how much time each of you spends with the children, and how much each of you pays for health insurance, dental insurance for the children, and daycare. You can go on my website at to use the free child support calculator and see how much child support should be paid.
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Springfield, MA office
75 Market St, Floor 3
Springfield, MA 01103
Telephone: (413) 885-9338
Amherst, MA office
409 Main St, Ste 126
Amherst, MA 01002
Telephone: (413) 253-7484