over 30 years of experience practicing Divorce Law & Divorce Mediation

Attorney Susan Wakefield

Susan is a divorce attorney and mediator with over 30 years of experience practicing exclusively in family and divorce law and divorce mediation. 

Divorce is an emotional process as much as a legal process. With a background in divorce litigation, Susan has witnessed what happens when people are placed in an adversarial position. Susan has insight into the possible outcomes if a case goes to court and shares that with her clients so they know their options and can make informed decisions.

Susan’s approach and style is straightforward and practical, and she is candid with her clients always emphasizing a non-adversarial and cost-efficient process and realistic expectations. Susan encourages her clients to actively participate in their case and keeps them updated at all times.

Susan encourages her clients to seek a mediated and non-adversarial approach and believes in bringing parties together. Clients leave the process with a sense of relief and an agreement they commit to voluntarily and willingly. An agreement reached either through mediation or settlement negotiations is far more likely to be adhered to and supported by both parties. This avoids post divorce litigation and other problems that occur when decisions are made for them in court.

Connecticut Legal Coaching - Celebrating 10 Years of Service Helping Self-Represented Individuals in Family Court

In 2009 Attorney Wakefield expanded her practice and founded Connecticut Legal Coaching a unique and specialized legal service designed to support individuals throughout the family courts in Connecticut who are faced with the daunting task of self-representation in their divorce, custody, or post divorce matter.

Susan created Legal Coaching, often referred to as Unbundled Legal Services or Limited Scope Representation to assist the growing numbers of self-represented individuals needing legal advice, guidance and direction in their legal matters and to help them understand and navigate the Connecticut Judicial System. Susan practices in the Stamford, Bridgeport and New Haven Courts and provides Legal Coaching services throughout the State of Connecticut. 

In the State of Connecticut getting divorced is even easier. The Connecticut Judicial Branch (www.jud.ct.gov) website gives you access to court forms and a wealth of information on the divorce process. And with the help of an experienced legal coach, mediator or divorce attorney more individuals are navigating the legal system on their own.

  • Take ownership of your divorce.

  • Participate.

  • Educate yourself.

  • Keep control over your time and your money.

Learn about the different ways to get divorced in Connecticut so you can look back and know you did the best you could for yourself and your family.

My approach is straightforward and practical. I am candid with my clients, emphasizing a non-adversarial and cost-efficient process and realistic expectations.
— Susan Wakefield

“Affordable”, “Amicable”, “Agreement”

A divorce CAN be amicable and affordable. And through mediation, collaboration, negotiation and compromise you and your spouse can reach an agreement without the high costs of litigation.

Whether you are contemplating divorce or ready to move forward but don’t know where to start, you need to educate yourself by gathering information and getting legal advice and direction to ensure you make the best decisions possible for you and your family right from the start.

Getting divorced is never the end of a family especially when there are children involved. Divorce is not about winning or losing as we often hear. Divorce is and should be about a new beginning, an opportunity to create healthier and happier relationships, learn new ways to communicate, and share the joys and responsibilities of raising children.

FAQS:

Why do people wind up back in court after they are divorced?

Post divorce litigation is common but in many cases, could have been avoided.

I have handled many post divorce matters which include individuals having to go back to court to correct, modify or enforce their agreement. Oftentimes, people did not understand the terms of their agreement, or were pressured into signing an agreement they knew they could not afford. Some were not fully advised about their legal rights and responsibilities before signing their agreement.

When divorced couples are continually going back and forth to court they are not really divorced and the conflict and hostility continues. The choices you make such as having a consultation with an experienced divorce lawyer before you start your divorce, or choosing divorce mediation rather than litigating can greatly impact the outcome of your settlement resulting in an agreement that both parties understand, accept and will follow, thereby avoiding post divorce conflict.

Can I afford to get divorced?

One of the first questions people ask is “What is this going to cost?”

Divorce costs money. Many people cannot afford to hire a lawyer to represent them in their divorce process. Unfortunately the cost of divorce is often why people stay in unhappy relationships and unable to move ahead. However there are many options and alternatives to keep your legal costs down and get the legal advice, support and protection you need during your divorce.