Professional Details

Susan V. Busby
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

Law Offices of Susan Busby, LLC

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10 North Main Street, #313
West Hartford, CT 06107
USA
860-521-0237

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Description of Practice

I am committed to helping individuals and families in Connecticut through the separation and divorce process without the emotional and financial costs of litigation. By using either the mediation or collaboration process, I can help you avoid court-imposed solutions to your problems, and also avoid public hearings and a prolonged and costly process. Mediation and collaboration sessions are conducted in the privacy of my office, and through our sessions I work with you to create an individualized solution to your problem. I can prepare the legal documents that you need for your divorce or legal separation. I also help individuals who are working in the judicial process themselves or with a mediator, and who want my opinion on an individual issue or an entire agreement. Other services include acting as a private special master and drafting prenuptial agreements.

Professional Background

In addition to professional training, I bring a financial background from working in a trusts, estates and tax department at a large major law firm. I also have training as a pastoral counselor. Wanting to give back to the community, I volunteer my time to help couples resolve parenting and financial issues through court suppported special masters programs and at the Children's Law Center where I serve as a volunteer mediator.

Experience

I have helped hundreds of individuals and families resolve issues in a respectful manner through mediation and collaboration. And althought I have had over a hundred hours of training, I continue to seek out training to improve my skills as a problem solver and peace maker.

Degrees

BA McGill University; JD with honors UCONN Law School 2003.

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2003    Divorce Mediation Training Associates    Mediation Training 40 hours
2005    Collaborative Practice: California Group    Basic Interdisciplinary Training 24 hours
2006    Victoria Smith    Advanced Interdisciplinary Training 8 hours
2007    Vancouver Group    Advanced Interdisciplinary Training 8 hours
2007    Divorce Mediation Training Associates    Advanced Mediation Training 24 hours
2008    Sharon Ellison    Non-Defensive Communication for Family Law Mediators and Collaborators 8 hours
2008    PEACE Program    Advance Mediation Training on Parenting Issues 20 hours
2008    Victoria Smith and Shari Goren-Slavin    Advance Collaborative Training 16 hours
2009    Kenneth Cloke    Advanced Mediation Training 16 hours
2009    John Fiske    Marital Mediation Training 8 hours
2010    Various    Mindful Lawyering Conference, UC Berkely 16 hours
2011-2012    Various    Conn. State Certified Guardian Ad Litem Training 30 hours
2011    Forest (Woddy) Mosten    Advanced Mediation Training 8 hours
2012    Various    Academy of Professional Family Mediators Conference 16 hours
2014    Ken Cloake    Advanced Mediation Training 7 hours

Approach

My approach is to educate and support individuals and couples to allow them to make decisions throughout the divorce process, with hope that skills learned during the process will continue to be applied after the divorce case is finished.

Fees

The cost of your case depends on the number and complexity of issues involved, how well you and your spouse can work together and how many negotiating sessions you need. I encourage clients to do as much as they can to save money, and I am available as a resource when needed. I will be able to give you an estimate after learning more about your case.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • General
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Nursing Home
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.