If parents cannot agree about monthly child support payments after a divorce and wish to deviate from the standards dictated by Massachusetts law, conflicts can be emotionally-heated and can quickly grow out of control. The parent receiving support may feel cheated out of a fair payment, whereas the parent paying support may feel forced to pay an unmanageable amount.

Turning to the traditional court process to resolve a child support dispute usually ends up costing both parents more money. Mediation could be helpful if you can work collaboratively to reach a resolution. In mediation sessions to resolve child support conflicts, the two disputing parties are given the opportunity to express their points of view and provide evidence to a neutral person trained in dispute resolution. The mediator does not issue a binding decision (like a judge or arbitrator would) but instead helps the parties come to an acceptable compromise.

Contact The Law Office of Polly A. Tatum to speak to our Worcester child support mediation attorney or a member of our team about your situation. Call (508) 795-1557 for a strategy session.


24+ years experience

Simple fixed pricing

cases mediated

Child Support & Family Law Attorney in Worcester, MA

Serving all Worcester and Surrounding Areas

Hi, my name is Polly Tatum…

I help couples divorce with dignity (without going broke) and protect what they care about most — their families.

As with most things in life, the more prepared you are, the better off you’ll be.

Whether you have a child support order in place that needs to be modified, or you are beginning the conversations about child support, you have come to the right place.

Let’s get started.


We are here to help you succeed and protect what you value most.

How We Can Help Your Family


Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, The Law Office of Polly A. Tatum provides affordable family law mediation services to individuals and families throughout the area. Our office is led by Attorney Polly A. Tatum, who has personally conducted more than 3,000 family law mediations in the Worcester area since 1997.

Through mediation, we can help you and the other parent of your child with the following:

  • Discussing your personal points of view regarding child support
  • Negotiate and draft a child support agreement suited to your situation
  • Reach a mutual resolution that is tailored to your unique family dynamic

As long as your child support agreement serves the best interests of your child/children, it will likely be approved. This process allows you to work with the other parent of your child to reach an agreement, rather than have an impartial judge rule on the future of your family.


The Costs of Child Support Mediation

In most cases, mediation is a less expensive and a faster dispute resolution option than traditional litigation. In the mediation process, it is not necessary for each parent to hire a separate lawyer; this reduces out-of-pocket expenses. Also, a skilled mediator can often help the parties reach a compromise agreement in just a few sessions, which also helps to lower costs.


Contact Us Today to Request a Strategy Session

If you have questions about using mediation to resolve a child support dispute or another family law issue, contact our office to schedule your strategy session. Our Worcester child support mediation lawyer can answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

We encourage you to reach out to our firm at your earliest convenience. Call us at (508) 795-1557 or use our online contact form.



check out what our clients are saying...

That's what really matters!

“She is fantastic to work with!
I highly recommend her.”

“We couldn't have been more pleased and grateful to Attorney Tatum for creating our comprehensive Estate Plan. As parents of two young adult sons - we wanted to make ...

Sheila King-Goodwin

“Professional while

“Knowledgeable of the law including recent changes.. Professional while empathetic. Staff well trained and pleasant. Made an unpleasant situation more tolerable.

A Satisfied Client

“Five Stars Isn’t Enough!”

“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 conflicts. We have four boys


“5K Stars!”

“Polly did an amazing job navigating a tricky divorce. Her ability to advocate for both of us to each other during some very tense times was phenomenal. Not only were ...


“She handled my case with professionalism”

“Polly has helped several times during highly stressful situations. She handled my case with professionalism, empathy, patience and a great deal of humor ...

A Satisfied Client

Our 4-Step Process

Contact Us


Action Plan





Hi, Polly here. Please book a time we me so we can get crystal clear on how to overcome whatever it is in the way of living the life you truly want... click below to get started: