Streamlined procedures for couples with "Simple Divorces" have been
enacted and will be effective October 1, 2015. Visit the Divorce
Primer for an explanation.
Smith has been mediating divorce and family cases
for 20 years. Her goal in all cases is to help couples come to acceptable
agreements in an atmosphere of understanding and support.
online publication, a "Connecticut Divorce Primer,"
provides Connecticut family law basics in an easy to read topical handbook
format and has been a reference for lawyers and clients alike for years. Sue's
experience in mediation gives her a "tool kit" which allows her to
tailor each case to the needs, circumstances and resources of the
clients and to assist the couple in working through disagreement.
Together Agreements: Sue works with couples that live
together, providing them with counseling to understand their rights and
how to avoid the common pitfalls of living together outside
marriage. Drawing from her non-adversarial mediation experience, Sue
can help the couple create a legally enforceable Living Together
Contract. Such agreements are valuable to define
the distribution of property in the event of separation,
the responsibilities of each spouse to support the household,
ownership of property accumulated during the relationship, status of
property and debt accumulated prior the relationship, to mention a
concerning homes can be especially difficult and can be a source of
conflict. Putting these
understandings before a problem may arise works to put the couple at ease
in the relationship.
Sue is a co-founder of the
Collaborative Divorce Lawyers
Association, a group of specially trained
collaborative practitioners in the northern Connecticut region. See article
Mediation and Collaboration in Connecticut.
Sexual Abuse Litigation: Sue has represented victims of sexual abuse for more than 25 years.
article Civil Litigation for Sexual Abuse:
First Steps. She recently represented 70 victims in the Saint Francis
Hospital litigation arising out of the sexual abuse of Dr. George E. Reardon.
Link to Article
on the Saint Francis Hospital / Reardon Litigation and was subject of an
important Supreme Court decision. She currently represents
two victims of Robert Reinhardt, former Dean at The Gunnery both of which have
been successfully settled.
Link to an Article on The Gunnery
and Robert Reinhardt ("Rino"). In addition, Sue is also currently
representing two victims in a claims against the Indian Mountain School
in Salisbury CT for the sexual abuse of a former teacher, Chris Simonds.
Sue has been included in the
Martindale-Hubbell (Peer Review Ratings) for more than 15 years. She has been
rated as Distinguished for Very High Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. She
has had a distinguished academic career, including the distinction of graduating
first in her law school class, serving as Executive Editor on the Connecticut
Law Review and earning numerous