Susan A. Hansen practices family law, with an emphasis on collaborative divorce and mediation. She has practiced in the southeastern Wisconsin area for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in complex financial and business issues as well as child-related concerns. She practices a client-centered, problem-solving approach to family law issues and supports working in an interdisciplinary process to provide the greatest value and long-term benefits to clients.
Susan is the Past President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, MBA Family Law Section, Bench Bar Committee, the Common Council Commission on Domestic Violence, and Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin Training and Public Education Committees. She is a member of many professional and community service organizations.
Susan has frequently presented and written on financial and children’s family law issues for attorneys, educators, and mental health professionals and provided training in mediation and collaborative practice both nationally and internationally. Susan and her law partner have recently opened The Family Mediation Center to expand education and process options for couples (www.familymediationcenter.org), which won a Wisconsin Bar Association Innovation Award.
Susan has consistently been named among Milwaukee’s best divorce attorneys by Milwaukee Magazine, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers and Law Firms in America and Best Mediators in America by US News and World Reports, as well as receiving an AV Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale Hubbell.
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Expertise and Practice Focus — Mediation, Collaborative Practice, Consultation and Problem-Solving Negotiations
Large Asset Divorce — I represented a party in a divorce matter with assets in excess of $25,000,000 including complex business interests, stock and stock options. I worked closely with a financial expert to help achieve the most tax effective outcome. This involved legal expertise as well as creativity and negotiation skills. The ultimate result was significantly different than a court would have ordered, but had significant financial benefits for both parties.
Collaborative Process Resolution — I represented a spouse whose primary concern was his children. We worked in a collaborative settlement process in which both parties and lawyers committed to working together to achieve an out-of-court settlement. We created an interdisciplinary collaborative team that included a child specialist and parenting coaches. With our support, the parents created a shared co-parenting plan that met the needs of the whole family with a clear joint focus on the interests of their children.
Mediation — I worked directly with a divorcing couple as a mediator. In the role of neutral facilitator, I guided them through the exchange of information and interest based negotiation. Each was fully informed and educated, and both explored the short and long term ramifications of a wide variety of settlement options. Ultimately they reached a mutual resolution that was approved by the court. Both were appreciative of the respectful and positive process they experienced in mediation.