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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Recent Articles

  • Collaborative divorce can save the family house - If that’s really what you want. For many divorcing couples, that’s what they think they want and it can make things a bit contentious. If it’s a divorce by litigation, it can lead to the court making the decision for you—usually that is to sell the home and split the proceeds. Collaborative divorce keeps the... Read more »
  • Three things to best prepare for your divorce - I recently stumbled across a blog that pooled 48 divorce mediation experts about suggestions to help people best prepare to go through a divorce. Specifically, the author asked each for three things.  Nobody asked me, but having done this for more than 25 years, I have a few thoughts on areas where people going through... Read more »
  • How to talk to your spouse during collaborative divorce - This may seem like an odd headline. Yet one of the beauties of a collaborative divorce is that many couples actually do learn how to talk to each other during this process. This does not happen by osmosis. It comes from working with a divorce coach prior to and during the negotiation. In a more... Read more »