Family law should be about your family

Your marriage is ending. Even if it’s for the best, it’s sad--especially with children involved. If you and your spouse are willing and reasonable, however, there are options available that can make the best of a difficult situation for your family.

Hi, I’m Susan Lillis and I’ve been practicing family law for more than 25 years, the last 13 years in my own practice here in downtown Ipswich, Massachusetts, near the historic Choate Bridge. During that time, 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 process and minimize the financial and emotional impact.

When is Mediation
the right choice?


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.

What is
Collaborative Law?

Collaborative Law

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.

Watch Susan's
Welcome Video

Susan Lillis

If you are going through a divorce or need some information about divorce, contact me to discuss your personal situation and the best course of action for you.

Please click on the button below to watch the video for more information about my law practice.

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.

Susan Lillis’ Accomplishments

  • Top AV Peer Review for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, Martindale-Hubbell, 1995-2013
  • Boston Top Rate Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
  • Certified Mediator, Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation