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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  • Communication and divorce mediation - Many marriages break down because of a lack of communication or poor communication. So if a marriage can’t last due to bad communication, how can you expect those same two people to sit in a room and come to an agreement in divorce mediation? Does a neutral third-party mediator make that big of a difference?... Read more »
  • Communicating to get divorced - You’re probably wondering how successful collaborative divorce could be if it relies on people who probably weren’t very good at communicating with each other negotiating important issues directly. Quite simply, the collaborative divorce model includes a coaching element where we work with each spouse on how to communicate with their ex within the process