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Our Mediators

Melissa Barth

Founder & Executive Director

Melissa Barth founded Wise Way to Divorce in 2003 to help couples resolve their divorce by using mediation. When you work with Melissa, you are getting a highly qualified divorce mediator with extensive training and experience. Her clients benefit from Melissa's vast expertise in this highly sensitive and complex area of practice. 
Ms. Barth received her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and her law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.  She received her certification training in divorce mediation from The Institute for Dispute Resolution in Montclair, New Jersey.

Melissa has practiced divorce mediation for over 20 years. She has settled thousands of divorce cases and understands the importance of mediation and has seen the devastating effects that litigation can have on a family both emotionally and financially.  As an impartial mediator, Melissa will facilitate a peaceful and stress-free open discussion between divorcing couples while establishing an atmosphere of trust and cooperation.  Ms. Barth encourages creative problem solving, assists in making issues clear, and intervenes when emotions hinder the process.

Zachary M. Barth

Divorce Mediator

Zachary, co-founder of Wise Way to Divorce, has assisted numerous couples in achieving an amicable divorce, saving both time and money. Leveraging his legal and litigation background, Zachary facilitates mediation to swiftly resolve differences, minimizing stress and preserving family relationships. Committed to offering personalized and professional problem-solving options, he strives to ensure clients feel valued and respected while staying on course towards their goals.

Zachary obtained his divorce mediation training from the Center for Mediation & Training in New York, New York. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Roger Williams University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Flagler College.

Kate Monagle


Kate Monagle specializes in divorce mediation and collaborative law.  “My goal is helping families transition from being married to not-married with the least damage possible,” she says. “I look at the needs of the whole family system and act as a problem solver and peacemaker.  In getting to know the parties, I gather information to facilitate their ability to create options for their future.  This gives them the most control over the outcome of their divorce, rather than a judge who has never met the parties.”

Kate attended Cornell University undergrad and Seton Hall Law. She gained trial experience in the auto insurance industry. After many years spent working within the Court system, she decided it was time to work with her clients to create out-of-court settlements that help the parties maintain future relationships.

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