For 30 years my law practice has focused exclusively in the areas of family and divorce law and divorce mediation. My legal services include:

  • Family law litigation including divorce, custody, parenting concerns, post divorce modifications, enforcement and contempt actions;

  • Divorce Mediation;

  • Collaborative Law;

  • Unbundled Legal Services and Legal Coaching for individuals and couples representing themselves in family and divorce actions;

  • Limited Appearances for those needing legal representation in post divorce actions or with a specific part of their family or divorce case.

    Every individual navigating the family court system needs straightforward legal advice and guidance about the divorce process. Protect your legal rights by getting the information you need to make smart decisions. Prepare yourself NOW for what lies ahead. Empower yourself. Reduce the fear and stress of divorce. Call now for an Initial Consultation.

CONTACT: 203.292.9222

 taking those first steps...

Susan Wakefield| Attorney - Mediator - Legal Coach

1. Consultation with an experienced divorce attorney to discuss your legal rights and educate yourself so you make good decisions from the start.

2. Gather information on the Connecticut Judicial Branch website - www.jud.ct.gov. This website prepared by the State of Connecticut is user friendly and contains information on the divorce process and all the court forms needed to commence a divorce action. Currently more than 50% - 60% of people getting divorced are self-represented.The website explains the timelines on getting divorced, the documents you need to prepare, and information on the most common topics in a divorce such as alimony, child support, and custody.

3. Consider all the different ways you can divorce in Connecticut other than each person hiring a lawyer. There are many options such as divorce mediation and the collaborative process where you can maintain control over the process and costs and participate fully in the negotiations and settlement. Consider self-representation with the advice and guidance of a legal coach to assist you through the process without the high costs of hiring a lawyer for full representation. There are ways to keep costs down and still have a successful outcome.

FAQs:

  • Can I represent myself in my divorce? Many people do not retain lawyers to represent them in court. Over 50-60% represent themselves.

  • What are more amicable and affordable options to divorce? Look into divorce mediation, collaborative law, self-representation, legal coaching, and limited scope representation (also known as Unbundled Legal Services) which reduce both cost and conflict associated with traditional litigation.

  • Are there advantages to Mediation and Collaborative Law? Individuals want to maintain control and be involved in the negotiations and agreement. With Mediation and Collaborative Law you are in the room and participating in all aspects of the case.

  • Can a lawyer help me with just a part of my case? Lawyers can now file Limited Appearances so you can have representation for just the parts of your case that require legal expertise or court involvement.