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Susan Busby

10 North Main Street
West Hartford, Connecticut 06107
United States
Office Phone: 860-521-0237
Member since 2006
Membership Type: IACP

Profession(s)

Lawyer, Mediator

As a divorce mediator and collaborative lawyer, I help clients through the separation and divorce process in a manner that helps preserve dignity, privacy and resources, both financial and emotional. I will educate you about the divorce process itself as well as the legal issues that you need to resolve. I will prepare the legal paperwork, facilitate negotiations and prepare a settlement agreement for you. I am a member of the IACP, the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group, Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association, and am a board member of Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, and board member for Nalandabodhi. I previously practiced civil litigation and trusts and estates at Day, Berry & Howard in Hartford, Connecticut. I am a graduate of McGill University (1988), and the University of Connecticut Law School (1993), where I was an editor of the law review. I am a co-author of a two volume treatise on Connecticut Civil Procedure, and have written articles for other legal publications, including and Divorce and Separation in American Jurisprudence, a legal encyclopedia, and “Marital Agreements” (2013) and “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (2014) for MCLE New England. My article, A Practice With Heart was published in Bodhi magazine (2006) and republished in Connecticut Lawyer (2007/2008). I also am a trained pastoral counselor and meditation instructor.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): Connecticut Bar Association

Professional Activities

Special Master in Family Court ~ ~Early Intervention Program Mediator in Family Court ~ ~Volunteer Mediator at Children's Law Center ~ ~Guest Lecturer at UCONN Law School, University of Hartford, Briarwood College ~ ~

Undergraduate Education

B.A. English, McGill University, (1988) Montreal, Canada.

Professional Education

J.D. with Honors, University Of Connecticut School of Law (1993); Executive Editor, Law Review; Moot Court Board; Winner, Client Counselling Competition; American Jurisprudence Award in Property; Teaching Assistant, legal research and writing.

Comments

I believe that the collaborative process provides a safe and private place for couples to make the important decisions that will affect their families' lives. It also allows clients to terminate their marriage in a manner that honors the spirit that they brought to the creation of their union, permits differences of opinion with respect and helps maintain sanity in what otherwise could be a very chaotic time in their lives.