The goal of the collaborative divorce process is to maintain a respectful relationship with immediate and extended family with the focus on cooperation, not conflict.
The collaborative process takes place in private meetings of the parties and their counsel. Information and outcomes may remain private, not exposed in any court proceeding or public record.
Through the collaborative process, parties maintain control of their outcomes and meeting schedules without relying on the court system. All decisions in the process are made by the parties.
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Susan has maintained a private practice in Pittsburgh since 1994. Much of her work now focuses on the Collaborative Divorce Process. She has successfully used the process to assist clients in negotiating custody, support and divorce issues. Susan is a trained mediator, and has experience mediating family law disputes. She is a founding member of Gateway to Collaboration, a small group of professionals whose independent practices offer Collaborative Divorce services. Susan has also served as Chair of the Sole and Small Practitioners Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association and as member of the Family Law Section Council and the Arts and Law Committee. She has served as secretary of the Sole and Small Practitioners’ Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is a member of its Family Law Section. Susan is a fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, and was elected by the membership of the Allegheny County Bar Association to the Judiciary Committee.
Susan serves as Immediate Past President of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania, an organization of more than 60 attorneys, financial, and mental health professional who are trained in collaborative divorce practice. She has published articles about collaborative law for the Sole and Small Practitioners’ Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Susan is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, is qualified as a trainer and, together with her colleagues, presented a three day training course to other attorneys and professionals who wished to be qualified as collaborative practitioners. She has attended a number of advanced training seminars in collaborative divorce practice.
Susan, together with two of her colleagues, spoke about collaborative practice at The Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society Annual Meeting.
She has also spoken on the topic to the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, and the SWPA Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.
Susan often meets with potential clients who are just considering divorce as well as those already in the midst of the process so that she has an opportunity to discuss their legal options. She believes that clients can maintain respectful relationships and control the processes surrounding the issues they may face.
Susan attend Burrell High School, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania and earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.