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Polly A. Tatum

About me

I believe that marriage/relationships should end with the same dignity and respect that it started with. My goal for my practice is to help improve the divorce process for couples seeking to end their marriage in a manner that shall preserve their families and reduce conflict for their children. Although the romantic partnership has ended, parents need to be able to co-exist in order to raise healthy children who can manage conflict in a peaceful and productive manner. I believe the divorce mediation process is the least detrimental for families seeking to end their marriage. A public courtroom battle is not the appropriate forum to resolve your issues relating to custody, parenting times, property division and support. A confidential and private divorce/family mediation with a highly skilled divorce mediator will help expedite your divorce, while leaving a couple in control over financial and parenting decisions for their family in a cost effective manner.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 95%
    19 years, 2 thousand cases


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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Thomas K. Mallon

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


    Thomas Mallon Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Christine Ann Majewski

    I endorse this lawyer. Clients deserve an attorney with such a caring and compassionate approach!


    Christine Majewski Family Attorney
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Women in BusinessWorcester Business Journal2012
Thurgood Marshall Award for citizenshipMassachusetts School of Law2012
Katherine Forbes Erskine Award for Business and LawYWCA2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Divorce/Attorney/MediatorLaw Office of Polly A. Tatum/Mediation Advantage Services1997 - Present
TrainerPractice Accelerator2014 - 2015
Assistant City SolicitorCity of Worcester1995 - 1997
Mentor SupervisorDare Family Services1990 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
YMCAClerk - Executive Committee Member2015 - Present
Worcester County Bar AssociationCo-Chair Membership Committee2015 - 2016
Girls IncLeadership Academy2014 - 2015
Worcester County Bar AssociationCo-Chair Membership Committee2014 - 2015
YMCABoard of Directors2014 - 2014
Worcester County Bar AssociationCo-Chair Membership Committee2013 - 2013
Girls IncLeadership Academy Mentor2013 - 2014
Worcester County Bar AssociationPast President2012 - 2013
Worcester County Bar AssociationPresident2011 - 2012
Worcester County Bar AssociationPresident - Elect2011 - 2012
Worcester Bar AssociationCo-Chair Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee1999 - 2000
Worcester County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionCo-chair1998 - 1999
Massachusetts Council on Family MediationFormer Board MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Divorce Mediation CoupleCouple able to file a joint petition and have their agreement approved. Additionally, the couple are civil to each other and are able to maintain a relationship with both sets of stepchildren.
Divorce Mediation CoupleCouple developed a comprehensive custody, parenting and support arrangement for their families needs that were not your typical stereotypical arrangement.
Divorce Mediation OutcomeThe couple settled all their outstanding issues, custody, support, parenting schedule, and property division and saved thousands in additional legal fees.
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Publication nameTitleDate
online telesummitcoparenting success series2015
SpeakEasyDivorce and Mediation in Massachusetts - Helpful Guide to Navigate Your Case2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western New England College School of LawElder Law and Estate PlanningLLM2009
Massachusetts School of Law at AndoverLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
New Hampshire CollegeHuman ServicesBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
How to co-parent after DivorceCo-Parenting Success Series2015
Monthly SeminarsHow to Get Divorced in Massachusetts2014
Parenting GroupsDivorce Mediation Benefits2013
Leadership AcademyConflict Resolution2012
Law DayLawyers role and responsibilities to community engagement2012
ADR CommitteeAttorneys Role in divorce Mediation Process2005