Susan Lillis Family Law Lawyer

I’m Susan Lillis, a family law lawyer, 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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  • Preparing for divorce- Can you really prepare for a divorce? Yes. At least in some respects. While everybody handles divorce differently, there are some approaches that make getting through the process easier. Have your financial records in order One thing that can greatly expedite reaching a divorce settlement is having copies of your financial documents ready to go... Read more »
  • Do you believe your spouse will voluntarily and honestly disclose all relevant financial information?- That’s one of three questions I ask anyone considering divorce mediation. This may seem a bit extreme considering the nature of divorce mediation where couples essentially agree on the divorce and work with a mediator to come to a settlement. Yet it’s a question divorcing spouses need to consider before starting mediation. In many marriages,... Read more »
  • Thoughts on significant milestones- The beginning of a new year carries different meaning for different people. For me, 2019 holds significant meaning as it represents my 10th year practicing collaborative divorce and my 20th in divorce mediation. Both milestones have me somewhat reflective as to why I chose to steer my practice in these two directions. As mentioned in... Read more »