Divorce hurts, even if you are the one who wants it; however, that doesn’t mean the process should be any more painful than it needs to be. At Mediation Advantage we provide the guidance and legal expertise necessary so that separation can be done cooperatively. We believe a fair compromise that allows each person to walk away from the relationship with peace of mind is possible.

We also believe that the best person to determine your future, and the future of your family is you. Not a judge, not lawyers, not the “system” but you and your family.

Mediation provides a space for those uncoupling to determine what’s best for the family unit.

Our approach has many advantages to traditional divorce proceedings, particularly that it is not a combative or hostile experience. There is one mediation team with one goal in mind, to help both participants reach a fair settlement. At Mediation Advantage we will guide you to an equitable settlement through a fair process that allows you to be in control. This allows the family to move on with dignity, clarity and peace of mind.

Polly Tatum

(President and Founder, Mediation Advantage)


My name is Polly Tatum and I created Mediation Advantage because I passionately believe in the benefits of mediation can provide you during this trying time.

I spent most of my life before mediation in human and civil service, and I have seen from the inside how poorly equipped the system is to handle matters as sensitive and emotionally charged as divorce, custody, child support and parenting schedules.

In short, the system often leaves families torn apart, parents angry, and children neglected. This is not a healthy approach to uncoupling, because although you may have fallen out of love, the process of separation should still be done with kindness and fairness.

I myself negotiated my own divorce settlement as a mother of 3 children a long time ago and it was one of the best decisions I made for myself, my children, and the family unit. My ex and I are still friends to this day, and although that might not be the future situation for you and your partner, it speaks to the power of mediation. We were able to part ways with civility, protecting our most important assets of all, our children.

My mission is to change how divorce is done, allowing you to move forward in your life with peace of mind, knowing that your assets and your relationship with your children are secure.

I hope that you consider Mediation Advantage as you move into the next chapter of your life.


Polly Tatum



  • 2015/2016 Clerk, Executive Committee Member, YMCA of Central Mass
  • 2013-2016 - Co-Chair Membership Committee for the Worcester County Bar Association
  • 2014/2015 - Board of Directors YMCA of Central Mass
  • 2014/2015 - Mentor - Leadership Academy - Girls Inc
  • 2012 Outstanding Women in Business – Worcester Business Journal
  • 2012 - Thurgood Marshall Award for citizenship – Massachusetts School of Law
  • 2011-2012 President of the Worcester County Bar Association
  • 2010-2011 President Elect of the Worcester County Bar Association
  • 2005 Katherine Forbes Erskine Award Recipient for Business and Law
  • Corporator for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
  • Former Board Chairperson for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center
  • Corporator for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
  • Former Board Chairperson for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center
  • Former board member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Worcester County Bar Association
  • Governor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Woman
  • The Lutheran Social Services Permanency Mediation Committee