As an attorney, a Licensed Associate Counselor, a coach and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, I understand the complexities and nuances of helping people through their legal matters. I have represented thousands of people through difficult and traumatic litigation and I know how scary and overwhelming it can be to go through this process. What I love about the collaborative divorce model is that it gives people the opportunity to create their own experience of family restructuring- one that can be gentler, more time efficient, and less expensive than the traditional fight-it-out-in-court approach. Mostly, I love being able to help people navigate the process of making important legal and life decisions from a place that feels calmer, less scary, more manageable, and more emotionally stable than they might otherwise experience. I would be honored to help you on your journey through your collaborative divorce or family restructuring. Feel free to reach out today and I will consult with you for free to see if it is a fit for us to work together!
Family law attorney practicing in collaborative divorce, mediation and litigation.
Susan Austin has worked in analytical financial positions for 30+ years. She is currently a practicing Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and acts as the "financial neutral" in collaborative cases, or can act as a financial advocate in litigated or other types of divorce.
Her work as a the financial neutral supports both the divorcing couple (and entire family) as well as the entire collaborative team as the "keeper of the numbers". This involves collecting and reviewing the financial documents, creating detailed financial reports and specialized analysis, looking at "what-if" scenarios, providing education, and other support as needed. The goal is to empower participants with information and creative thinking so that the couple finds the best solutions possible as they look forward navigating their new family as successfully as possible as they move from one household to two.
I am a solo practitioner in Glendale, Arizona (since 2002) and I received my license in 1999. I am a family law attorney and I love what I do. I am thrilled to have received Collaborative Training and believe it is a wonderful opportunity for parents to preserve co-parenting relationships after divorce. For spouse/parents/parties who wish to address family laws in an environment that promotes healthy resolution, the Collaborative is the way to go!
I work primarily with women who have the challenge of a life transition, and the biggest question they need answered is -- "Am I going to be okay?" My passion to be in this amazing career stems from life experience and the divorce I went through. I was in my 40s when I became single again, and I didn't know what I didn't know. The best time for me to meet someone that’s navigating a divorce is before the decree has been signed. Get someone on your team that’s been there done that, has experience with the transition, and is skilled in helping you make decisions when you’re under emotional duress. The same is true if you're widowed -- there is great benefit in having someone on your side to provide guidance through the financial decisions of life. Life transitions come in many forms -- and I'm excited about the opportunity to help people navigate them. Be ready for whatever life hands you!!