Susan Amato, Author at Collaborative Family Law Association of St. Louis

Collaborative Family Law Association

Susan Amato

Member Since: 2002
Firm: Amato Family Law
230 South Bemiston Avenue, Suite 510 • Saint Louis, MO 63105
(314) 727-7122
Susan's practice focuses solely on family law matters. She is a recognized trailblazer in mediation and collaborative law, on the forefront of introducing, developing and utilizing these methods in the St. Louis legal arena. She also has years of experience resolving complex family matters through litigation. Susan received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University and her law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. She has been named for many years by Saint Louis Magazine and by U.S. News as a “Best Lawyer” in the areas of Collaborative Family Law and Family Law Mediation, and has been named by Best Lawyers in America as 2015 and 2019 St. Louis Collaborative Law: Family Law “Lawyer of the Year and in 2016 as Best Lawyers St. Louis Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year”. Susan has held the Martindale Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rating for achieving the highest level of professional excellence for 15 years.
Licensed in Missouri since 1983 • St. Lawrence University - B.A. • Washington University School of Law - J.D.
From the first litigated divorce I handled, decades ago, I thought there has got to be a better way for families to get through this difficult transition. Following up on that thought, I trained as a mediator and began mediating divorces. My experience as a mediator is that while mediation is enough help for some families to move through divorce in a healthier way, it is not enough support for others. The collaborative process provides this additional support to families who would like to avoid the negative impact of litigation and would benefit from the full support of a collaborative team that is committed to helping the family move through the transition of divorce without a court battle, keeping the well-being of the entire family at the forefront. The collaborative process provides full legal advice, emotional support and financial information and the ability to craft settlements that best support the family.

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