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Stephen F. McDonough

About me

Future-Focused Dispute Resolution 

I am a Massachusetts divorce and family law attorney and mediator, and the owner of Next Phase Legal LLC of Medfield, MA.

Although I believe many families are best served by considering mediation or the collaborative divorce process, it is not an option for everyone.  In those instances, we provided trusted court representation in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts, primarily in Norfolk, Middlesex, Bristol, Plymouth, and Worcester Counties. 

I am experienced in guiding my clients through complex, high-net worth Massachusetts divorces. I have focused on divorce and family law throughout my legal career, both here in MA and previously in Charlotte, NC.   One of the most important things to me is also providing prompt service and communications to our clients.

At Next Phase Legal, we provide the option of a fixed fee for many of our clients, including our divorce mediation and collaborative cases.

Besides divorce, we work with clients needing help with modifications, parenting issues, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, and other family law matters.

I serve on the Bench-Bar Committee for the Norfolk County Bar Association, and am a member of several other professional organizations, including the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.   I am also a volunteer conciliator, and available for private conciliations also.

Please visit our informative website and blog

I look forward to hearing from you. 



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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 65%
    12 years
  2. Child Support: 15%
    13 years
  3. Probate: 10%
    12 years
  4. Wills: 10%
    12 years



Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher McHallam

    I have worked with Steve and have referred matters to him with the utmost confidence. Steve is dedicated, pragmatic, and focused on obtaining great results for his clients in a manner that is both effective and rational. Steve is an excellent resource both as an attorney and mediator.


    Christopher McHallam Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David A Hoffman

    Steve is an excellent lawyer - I was involved in a case with him a few years ago and was impressed by his legal expertise and his collaborative, problem-solving approach. I would welcome the chance to do more cases with him.


    David Hoffman Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Next Phase Legal LLC

266 Main Street.
Suite. 16
Medfield, MA, 02052


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2016
Volunteer Recognition CertificateNorfolk Probate and Family Court and Norfolk County Bar Association - Massachusetts2015
Certified MediatorMassachusetts Council on Family Mediation2015
Honorable Mention - Best Oral AdvocateSuffolk University Law School, Legal Practice Skills2001
Distinguished BriefSuffolk University Law School - Legal Practical Skills Class2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner, Attorney/MediatorNext Phase Legal LLC2014 - Present
Owner - Principal Attorney & MediatorThe Divorce Collaborative LLC2009 - 2013
Managing PartnerWagner McDonough LLP2007 - 2009
AttorneyRosen Law Firm2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Professional Family MediatorsMember2016 - Present
Town of Norfolk, MassachusettsAdvisory Board2015 - Present
Bar association of Norfolk County, MACommittee on Bench-Bar Relations2014 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember2009 - Present
Norfolk, MA Lions ClubMember2006 - Present
Norfolk County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Massachusetts Council on Family MediationMember2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Law Practice Management SectionMember2005 - Present
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2005 - Present
MEMO - Medfield Employer's and Merchant's OrganizationDirector2015 - 2016
Bar Association of Norfolk CountyVolunteer Conciliator - Probate Court2014 - 2017
Association for Conflict ResolutionMember2010 - 2015
Western Norfolk County Bar AssociationMember2009 - 2012
Massachusetts Collaborative Law CouncilBoard of Directors2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Collaborative DivorceSettlement on all issues
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Publication nameTitleDate
New England Woman MagazineReturning to Work During and After Divorce:2015
The Norfolk BoomerangCollaborative Law - The New Kid on the Block2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Westfield State College (Westfield)Criminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LuncheonLeveraging Technology in the Small Law Office2012
Divorce Basics for AttorneysThe New Alimony Statute in MA2012
Prudential Page Real Estate Agent's ConferenceWorking With Divorcing Families2011
Norfolk, MA Lions Club Members MeetingCollaborative Law - A Better Way to Resolve Conflict2011
Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Members MeetingMaking the Collaborative Process More Affordable2011
Television Show, Sharon, MA Cable AccessDivorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce2010
Montachusett Estate & Retirement Planning CouncilDivorce & College Financial Planning2010
Membership MeetingFixed Fees in Mediation2010
Attorney/Bar OrganizationUse of Fixed Fees in Domestic Relations Cases2010
Alternative to Divorce LitigationDivorce & Family Law2010
The New Massachusetts Child Suport GuidelinesMajor revisions to Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines2009