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 – Why everybody wins by participating - The benefits of collaborative divorce appeal to many divorcing couples. Those benefits include: private negotiations; in general, shorter period of time to reach a settlement; and, consequently, smaller legal fees. Those benefits, however, come with a commitment: you have to participate. A participation agreement is something I make every collaborative client sign and participation goes... Read more »
  • Why people haven’t heard of collaborative divorce - Most people haven’t heard of collaborative divorce and that usually presents a great opportunity for me to talk about it. For example, at a recent holiday party, I was talking to an attorney and her husband. She had heard of collaborative divorce, though she did not practice it. But her spouse, a seemingly intelligent and... Read more »
  • 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 »