Susan Hurst, Attorney at LawMs. Hurst has practiced family law in the Atlanta area since 1987. While very experienced as a litigator, she is highly skilled in mediation and collaborative practice, preferring the outcome when achieved through negotiation and consent. In addition, she often serves as a guardian ad litem for children entangled in custody disputes. She is a published author and a frequent lecturer in family law, mediation and collaborative practice. She is married, has two children, and holds a second-degree black belt in Taido Karate.
Mediation is a process where the parties, and their lawyers if they choose, meet with Ms. Hurst, who as a neutral person who assists them in the negotiation of their differences. Mediation leaves the decision power totally and strictly with the parties. While using her skills as a family lawyer, Ms. Hurst acts as a catalyst between the differing positions, helping define and identify interests and seeking resolution of the conflicts. Ms. Hurst has been named a "Best Lawyer in America for Family Mediation" since 2007 and has been given the honor of being named the "Best Lawyer in Atlanta" in this area of practice. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest peer review rating).
Ms. Hurst also frequently serves as a Guardian ad Litem, representing children in custody disputes. She is frequently appointed by the Superior Courts of Fulton, Dekalb and Cobb counties, either by the judge on his or her own accord, or by agreement of the attorneys representing the parents. Acting as a Guardian, she conducts an independent investigation and then makes a recommendation in accordance with the best interests of the child.
Collaborative Practice is process of resolving family disputes that does not include adversarial techniques or tactics. Using a cooperative model of negotiation, an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving is undertaken by the attorneys and their clients. Both parties and their attorneys agree not to use the court to resolve disputes during the Collaborative Process. Instead, skilled counsel, like Ms. Hurst, assist the client in achieving resolution of their conflict in a manner that supports the family as whole and the client in their interests.
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