Susan Lillis Family Law Attorney

I’m Susan Lillis a family law attorney 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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Divorce Mediation & Collaborative Divorce

Both divorce 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 a compelling reason for people with children to consider divorce mediation or collaborative divorce.

Ideally, you can come to a resolution without litigation. Whether you choose divorce mediation or collaborative divorce you can count on me to provide calm and compassionate, honest and straightforward guidance every step along the way.

To see which 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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