RACHEL B. GOLDMAN specializes in collaborative family law, mediation, and settlement negotiation. Her family law practice includes all aspects of divorce and family law, including alimony, child support, custody, parenting plans, division of marital assets, post-divorce modifications, same-sex partnership dissolutions and divorce, prenuptial agreements, and post-nuptial agreements. She has represented clients and served as mediator in hundreds of cases involving complex legal and emotional issues.
Rachel is listed in the book “Best Lawyers in America” and Boston Magazine’s “Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts” and has been named a Super Lawyer in the areas of Family Law and Family Law Mediation. She is an AV preeminent rated attorney (Martindale-Hubbell highest rating). Rachel is a former President of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and was a Board member for over 13 years. Rachel is also a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School (J.D. cum laude) and Macalester College (B.A. magna cum laude).
In addition to her law and mediation practice, Rachel frequently teaches and presents to professional groups, law students, college students, and the public about divorce law, collaborative practice, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution.
Rachel recently relocated to Los Angeles, at which time she began representing clients and conducting mediation sessions remotely via Zoom and telephone. She travels to Boston as needed for in-person meetings and to present finalized Separation Agreements to the Court. This transition has been seamless for her existing clients and easy for her new clients to adjust to, especially in this unprecedented time as we battle the coronavirus.
When she’s not practicing law, Rachel is a passionate amateur gourmet cook and enjoys preparing meals and hosting gatherings with family and friends. She loves the outdoors, especially walking on the beach and hiking. She is married and the mother of three sons.
“Thank you for all of your help through this process. You were great to work with and I’m happy to be a reference for future clients if you ever need one!”
– Mediation Client, Middleton, MA
“I wanted to pass on the good news that my ex-wife and I appeared in front of the judge with our Agreement today and, although she did not bang the gavel…which really bummed me out, it’s done! I’m just thrilled it’s done and behind me. I wanted to write you to let you know and wanted to thank you, again, for everything you did to get me to this day.”
– Divorce Client, Northampton, MA
“Thank you for everything, Rachel. I will always appreciate the good cheer and judgment you shared at my time of need.”
– Collaborative Divorce Client, Boston, MA
“We were in court this morning and the court found the Agreement fair and reasonable. Thank you so much for your excellent work with Jane and Mark.”
– Attorney representing a Mediation Client, Natick, MA
“I am truly grateful for everything you did to get me through one of the most difficult and painful times in my life! It was nice to know you had my back.”
– Divorce Client, Watertown, MA
“I think you did an incredible job with my agreement. I so appreciate everything you’ve done for me and continue to do. You rock Rachel – truly!”
– Collaborative Divorce Client, Ashland, MA
“Thanks so much for your support and guidance through this process. I hope to not have to recommend you to a friend since getting divorced is challenging and painful–but you are my choice of the best of the best for sure.”
– Collaborative Divorce Client, Newton, MA
“Thank you for successfully getting us divorced. I’m sorry I was not always pleasant as a client. I’m glad that chapter of my life is closed.”
– Mediation Client, Wellesley, MA
- “Best Lawyers in America” book, listed
- “Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts”magazine, listed
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV-Rated
- Super Lawyer, Family Law and Family Law Mediation
- Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, former President and Board Member
- Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court