Vision to empower separating families to move through the stormy weather towards the bright sunshine!
To remain excited and inspired about what we do and to work towards making the world a better place.
To provide a client centred service that prioritises dignity, respect and safety. To listen and connect with all who approach us, to understand their journey, and assist them to achieve their aspirations for the future.
To create a team and establish a community, with a focus on empowerment, positivity, minimising trauma, in a timely and cost effective way. To celebrate diversity and creativity, and the unique strengths and characteristics that we each possess.
To constantly add to knowledge and skills, and seek ways to improve ourselves to become the best that we can be, both personally and professionally, as individuals and as the CFLS Team.
No two families – or their circumstances – are ever the same.
Having worked creatively with families seeking resolution for many years, I know a fresh, clear-eyed approach is required to achieving balanced outcomes for everyone.
Over the past 30 years I have supported separating families to understand the emotional aspect of the process, to better appreciate the unique options available to them, and to help them to work towards moving forward in a respectful, pragmatic way.
My experience has shown me that the court system fulfils an important function. In collaboration with this process, specialized practitioners can expand the range of possibilities open to clients, giving them the time and support to understand what is happening, empowering them to move forward in a way that suits their individual needs.
Creative Family Law Solutions are those specialized practitioners, ready with the time and legal expertise to support these clients. The goal for Creative Family Law Solutions is to work with other professionals in a team approach to promote the best outcome for each client’s individual circumstances. Our strengths, experience and qualifications make us collaborative partners well-suited to this task.
“I am fascinated by stories; those of people, of relationships, of life. I love to immerse myself in books, film, theatre and opera, being thrilled by the images and emotions live music and art evoke. I enjoy travel, especially to explore cultural and historical backdrops from far-off places. My great passion for the past 30 years has been yoga, and the gateway this provides for my internal spiritual journey and my own story.”
Qualifications and Experience
I was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1984. I have worked exclusively in Family Law as a Senior Associate and Consultant predominantly in city law firms. My work has involved all aspects of Family Law, including financial and parenting matters, and I have conducted many of my own court appearances. I have been accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a specialist in Family Law since 1990.
Early in my career I developed a keen interest in exploring creative but practical ways to assist in the resolution of disputes in this emotional and sensitive area. I developed extensive negotiation skills then expanded these to take in conciliation and then mediation. I have been a practicing mediator since being accepted for an internship working with Michael Hunt at Relationships Australia in 1992. I have investigated the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of dispute resolution and in 1994 gained my Graduate Diploma in Judicial Administration and Alternate Dispute Resolution and in 2008 a Graduate Vocational Diploma in Family Mediation. I am a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme, and as a specialist in mediation by the Law Institute of Victoria. I am also a trained Arbitrator with AIFLAM and a trained Conflict Coach. These additional skills have opened up many options for creative and innovative solutions to meet the particular needs of individuals and families.
I have also pursued opportunities to work with colleagues, students and graduates, and I find the exchange of ideas crucial to maintaining a progressive and current approach to my work. I regularly provide mediation training and coaching to Victorian and interstate organisations including the College of Law and Bond University. I provide ongoing supervision for family dispute resolution practitioners and junior lawyers, and since 2011 I have been an adjunct lecturer with the College of Law in their PLT and Masters Family Law programmes. My subjects this semester include Children, families and divorce, Advocacy for family lawyers, and the Capstone unit.
In 2005 I established my own business to enable me to pursue my particular interests. I am undertaking private mediations, as well as conferences for the Family Dispute Resolution Service (formerly RDM) operated by Victoria Legal Aid. I am on the s29A panel with Legal Aid accepting referrals as an independent children’s lawyer. I have well established connections with many professionals from associated areas and support a multidisciplinary approach to family disputes.
What people are saying
Susan’s strategy enabled me to cope extremely well at mediation…with the notes and mechanisms Susan had equipped me with, I was able to keep the meeting focused and professional. The better than hoped for outcome would not have been achieved without the excellent coaching and guidance I received from Susan, and I will forever be hugely grateful for what she helped me achieve.
Sue and I recently worked together with a client to assist the client through the mediation process. Sue was invaluable in supporting and providing my client with the skills she needed to attend mediation. Whilst I provided legal advice to my client, Sue provided support through her conflict coaching and together we successfully worked as a team to assist my client to negotiate a successful outcome at mediation. My client was very happy with the skills Sue gave my client to support my client through the process and to focus of the mediation on the best interests of the children rather than the conflict between the parties. I enjoyed working with Sue, would use her again and would recommend her services to other family lawyers.
Susan was friendly and kind and always made me feel comfortable. I would not have been able to get through this difficult part of my life without her guidance and support. She was always ready to listen, and made me feel that I could say what I wanted to. She was great at reminding me to think of what was important and what I hoped to gain. She helped me look at what would work, and what I could live with.
Susan has been a great option for our clients that are seeking a pragmatic and considered resolution to their family law matter. Susan is not only approachable for the clients but communicates effectively with all parties to ensure that their interests, positions and concerns are heard. All of my clients that have worked with Susan have left the mediation process feeling that the attention their matter received was personal and well prepared. I highly recommend Susan as a family dispute resolution practitioner.
I have known Susan Hamilton Green for many years. We have worked together in mediation and training. Susan has always been very professional in her approach with a very respectful and inclusive manner. She has the ability to make people feel at ease and they warm to her easily. Her knowledge of the issues assists parties to understand the conflict and helps to come to decisions that will benefit them. I have enjoyed working with her because we have been able to achieve a good result for the parties involved. I would heartily recommend Susan to any perspective client considering mediation.
Susan helped me with a very complex divorce settlement. She was clear, direct and understanding, ensuring that I obtained a fair deal. Her communication skills were excellent, which made it easier for everyone to agree on the outcome. I would recommend her to anyone going through a separation or negotiation process.
I have greatly valued working with Susan as mediator in my family law matters. I have found her to be professional, well prepared and always impartial. She has empowered the parties to talk realistically about their situation, and consider a wide range of ideas in moving towards an acceptable solution. Her expertise has provided a painless process for my clients, and enabled them to keep working together. I would highly recommend her for any parenting or financial matter.
I am very grateful to Susan for her expert and reassuring advice, assisting me to navigate a very stressful 12 months. I am so happy with the outcome which allows me and my family to look forward to a bright future that continues to include my son in all of our lives. This outcome would not have been possible without her thoughtful guidance and reassuring presence throughout the year. I would recommend her to anyone going through a separation.