Susan Lillis Family Law Attorney

I’m Susan Lillis and I’ve been practicing family law for more than 25 years. My office is located in downtown Ipswich, Massachusetts, near the historic Choate Bridge.  I’ve seen firsthand the financial and emotional drain a divorce can have on all members of a family. While litigation might be unavoidable for some couples, I do specialize in a few areas — mediation and collaborative divorce — that can help you and your family get through the divorce process and minimize the financial and emotional impact.

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Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

Both mediation and collaborative divorce emphasize reducing conflict between spouses. One of the most significant factors in how well children weather divorce is the level of conflict between their parents. This is another reason for people with children to consider these two options.

Ideally, we can work with your spouse to come to a resolution without litigation. Sometimes however, you have no other option than to litigate your divorce in the courts. In those cases, we will take a more aggressive approach while still minimizing unnecessary conflict and expense.

Whatever the specific legal path taken, you can count on calm and compassionate, honest and straightforward guidance every step along the way. To see what path might be appropriate for you, please contact me at 978-356-2934 ext. 12 for an initial consultation.

Divorce Mediation

Mediation enables you and your spouse to settle your case outside of a courtroom. This involves working with a neutral, third-party mediator. While you may not get everything you want, mediation does reduce conflict and expedite the process to help you and your spouse come to a fair resolution without the added expense and stress of time in court.

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Collabortive Divorce

Your case could also be suitable for collaborative divorce, a relatively new legal approach that combines the best aspects of mediation and traditional litigation—but also enables you to settle your case outside of the courtroom with the assistance of specially trained attorneys and neutral counselors and financial experts, if needed.

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  • Must reads for divorcing couples - It’s been said that nothing can prepare you for divorce. Emotionally that can be true. From a practical standpoint, you can prepare yourself for the type of divorce you want and what you might expect after making that choice. That’s why in addition to filling out questionnaires, I send my prospective clients to my blog... Read more »
  • Can your divorce be like your wedding? - The short answer to that question is “yes”. Before you think I’ve lost my mind, think about the process of getting married. The decision-making process is very much like collaborative divorce. First, you and your spouse made a mutual decision to spend the rest of your lives together (in most cases). Then, to varying degrees,... Read more »
  • Not your typical meeting - As part of every collaborative divorce proceeding, spouses, their attorneys and a facilitator have a series of  “team meetings” to discuss  and negotiate the terms of their divorce. Even if you regularly attend meetings as part of your job, the collaborative team meeting is like no other meeting you will ever attend. Hence, you need... Read more »