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Susan K. Smith, LLC

Mediator and Victim Advocate

Avon, Connecticut

NEWS! Streamlined procedures for couples with "Simple Divorces" have been enacted and will be effective October 1, 2015. Visit the Divorce Primer for an explanation.  

Mediation: Attorney 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. 

Sue's free 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.

Living 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 few. Arrangements 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. See 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 book awards.

(860) 321-7672

Aug 19 - Office
Aug 18 - 23 Away
Aug 24 - 28 Office

Email:  suesmith@smith-lawfirm.com

Practice Areas:
Non-adversarial Mediation

Victims of Sexual Abuse

45 West Main St Avon Center Office Park
(Route 44)
Avon, CT 06001
(Across from the Town Center & Gazebo)


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The Fine Print: This web site provides general information only and cannot be relied upon as legal advice. Laws change  and differ from State to State. Applicability of the legal principles discussed may differ substantially in individual situations. You should consult an attorney about your particular situation.

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