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Polly A. Tatum

Polly A. Tatum

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Adoption

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.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Divorce & Separation: 95%
    19 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Adoption: 5%
    17 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Jeffrey P. Greenberg

    Polly is a very effective mediator. She has many years of experience and is a dedciated professional.


    Jeffrey Greenberg Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Mark I Zarrow

    I endorse this lawyer. Polly was a pioneer in mediation in the Worcester area and has led the way for others to follow. She has a great reputation, deservedly so.


    Mark Zarrow Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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/Family/Elder Law Attorney/MediatorLaw Office of Polly A. Tatum/Mediation Advantage Services1997 - Present
Assistant City SolicitorCity of Worcester1995 - 1997


Association NamePosition NameDuration
YMCABoard of Directors2014 - 2014
Girls IncLeadership Academy Mentor2013 - 2014
Worcester County Bar AssociationPresident2011 - 2012
Massachusetts Council on Family MediationFormer Board MemberN/A
Worcester County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionCo-chairN/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
SpeakEasyDivorce and Mediation in Massachusetts - Helpful Guide to Navigate Your Case2014


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western New England College School of LawElder Law and Estate PlanningN/A2009
Massachusetts School of Law at AndoverLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
New Hampshire CollegeHuman ServicesBS - Bachelor of Science1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
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