Polly Tatum, Esq.

Polly Tatum, Esq.
(President and Founder, Mediation Advantage)

“My divorce was amicable, but the subsequent issues that came up when I got remarried and moved closer to my children created a lot of conflict. We have four boys and two functional households, and we’d been fighting a pitched legal battle…”


“My ex and I were amicable about our divorce, but needed a lawyer to advise us on child support, alimony, 401K, and division of assets. We decided to use a mediator to draw up our divorce agreement. It was not a short process…”

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“I am fortunate to know Polly through a national group of lawyers working to improve their practice – namely the service they provide to their clients. Polly stands out. Her practices and care shine through. She is a cut above. You are lucky if you hire her to help you through a divorce.”

Ryan McKeen, Car Accident Attorney

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

Christine Majewski, Family Attorney

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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