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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Recent Articles

  • What you don’t do in divorce mediation or a collaborative divorce - The basic premise of choosing divorce mediation or collaborative divorce is that both parties agree to negotiate in good faith to reach a settlement. Breaking that tenet can have a disastrous impact on whether or not you can reach an agreement. Yet there are many actions that individuals who enter either divorce mediation or collaborative... Read more »
  • Making the right choice for your divorce - Divorce mediation or collaborative divorce? It’s not only about the money. Making your choice strictly based on money can have some serious repercussions and most likely cost more, especially if you end up in litigation. A great example of this occurred with one of my mediation couples several years ago. Both worked out of the... Read more »
  • How to win in a divorce - Nobody wins in a divorce. You have heard that one before. But that refers more to the overall process and how you feel after a divorce. It’s sad and sometimes the best you can really hope for is to feel less lousy. Yet within a divorce mediation and collaborative divorce negotiation, spouses do have the... Read more »