Ann K. Newman

Location:   Avon, Connecticut

Phone:  860-404-6134

Fax:  860-404-2196

Email:  Email Me

Philosophy and Practice Area

Divorces are difficult and not all divorces need to be contested or litigated.  When both parties are willing to communicate, have the best interests of the children at heart and are able to recognize each other’s perspective, then mediation or collaborative divorce may be the healthier way to split up.

Ann Newman is an experienced and skilled family law attorney who focuses on marital mediation and collaborative divorce.

As a mediator and attorney, Attorney Newman will guide you and your spouse through the process and help you reach an amicable agreement that provides concrete and practical solutions that meet both parties’ goals and needs. Attorney Newman facilitates communication by identifying and narrowing the issues, discussing the options and reduce the communication obstacles to find resolutions.

Like mediation, collaborative divorce focuses on the family.  Through thoughtful communication with the collaborative team, parties are able to create a settlement agreement that rebuild the family’s stability and financial future.

Attorney Newman believes that mediation and collaborative divorce helps reduce conflict, increases your control of the process and help to preserve a healthy relationship with your children and each other as co-parents.

Attorney Newman’s practice includes divorce, custody and custody arrangements, child support, division of assets, prenuptial agreements, meditation, collaborative divorce and child protection issues.

Bar Admission
Connecticut Bar in 1991

Professional Membership

Ms. Newman is a board member of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, a member of the Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group, the Collaborative Divorce Team of Connecticut, the Connecticut Bar Association and the Hartford County Bar Association.

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D. – 1990
  • Plymouth State University
    • B.S. – 1980
    • Major: Education
  • Northeastern University
    • M.S. – 1983
    • Major: Physiology

Career and Education

Attorney Newman has spent more than twenty five years working with families in family law and child protection matters.  After working in the juvenile court system, she joined Budlong & Budlong, LLC as a family law associate. In 2018, she joined the Law Offices of Donna Buttler.

Donna Buttler


I am Donna Buttler, a family law attorney based in Connecticut. I understand the difficulties that arise during family legal disputes, which is why I take a team-based, holistic approach to helping resolve issues in a way that enables you to move forward with your life. With more than

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Ann Newman


As an attorney, I have spent more than twenty years working with families in family law and child protection matters. I believe in the processes of mediation and collaborative divorce. I am a certified divorce mediator and I am committed to helping couples find the best solutions.

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