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MEDIATION A Healthier Way To Divorce

Mediation provides a simple, affordable, less stressful alternative to litigation that keeps you in control of your future and allows you to personalize your divorce terms. Mediation enables couples to reach a divorce agreement without having to go through the traditional court system. You meet with me privately in my office and all of our conversations are confidential.

Our Farmington Valley attorneys help guide people through the mediated divorce process, providing the tools they need to resolve their family legal disputes.

Collaborative Advocacy In A Private Setting

There are times when you want an advocate by your side, but you still want to work with your spouse to resolve your divorce. Collaborative may be the answer. Collaborative divorce is a team-based approach that emphasizes respect and privacy. It is an alternative to mediation in that each spouse chooses an attorney to act as his or her advocate. It is an alternative to litigation in that the couple agrees not to use the court or go to trial. It is often less time-consuming and emotionally contentious than a litigated divorce. The collaborative approach is designed to preserve both parties’ interests and needs.

Both lawyers at the Law Offices of Donna L. Buttler, LLC, Ann Newman and Donna Buttler, practice with a team of like-minded professionals to make your collaborative negotiation successful and put you on track for a positive future.

“I am committed to helping couples find the best solutions for their families’ needs and goals.”
– Ann K. Newman

NEGOTIATION Resolving Disputes Without The Intervention Of A Judge

For a variety of reasons, many divorcing couples find themselves in court. This can be frightening, time-consuming and expensive. We use our considerable skill to negotiate terms of a settlement without the need for a trial. This may require using court processes and personnel such as Family Services, special masters or even a judge outside of a courtroom to help the couple overcome conflicts and impasses whenever possible with the ultimate goal of settlement. In Connecticut, 97 percent of couples complete the divorce process without attending trial. At the Law Offices of Donna L. Buttler, LLC, we work hard and creatively to make you one of the success stories.

LITIGATION When All Else Fails

Sometimes it is just not possible to avoid court. It may be because the finances are complex, the emotions are too strong or the legal issues are unique. Whatever the reason, you are going to want the capabilities, experience and resources of an experienced family attorney by your side, preparing your case and maximizing your results.

For more information or to schedule your initial consultation, contact us through our online form or call our Connecticut office today at 860-404-6134.

“It is very important that my client and I work together to prepare their case for litigation to avoid any surprises in the court room. Preparation is the most important element in achieving a positive outcome.”
– Donna L. 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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Hear From Our Satisfied Clients

Smart, experienced and confident”

“I felt comfortable at the first meeting. Her experience and knowledge were obvious. Donna was my no nonsense advocate.”


“Attorney Buttler successfully brought to complete and final closure a very lengthy and complex family court case that I mistakenly thought had been “closed” many years ago (by a different attorney). I am extremely grateful to Donna for her expert knowledge, skills and guidance that she brought to bear on my behalf to accomplish what I was starting to think was impossible; namely, making sure I would never find myself back in Family court again! Thank you, Donna!”


“I worked with Donna on a difficult divorce settlement adjustment over a 6 month period of time and she was able to structure a revised agreement that at times I didn’t believe was going to be possible to obtain. She was able to accomplish a task that my previous attorney wasn’t able to. She was professional in her presentations along with being creative in thought to broker a deal. Communication took place day/night and sometimes even on weekends. If you are looking for someone that is diligent on your behalf I would highly recommend reaching out to her”


“Donna Buttler represented me in a high conflict divorce. Throughout the divorce process she demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and ethics. Donna Buttler is a knowledgeable, experienced, confident, and determined attorney. She fiercely fought for my interests and the outcome exceeded all expectations. I could not have been happier with the terms of my separation agreement. Donna brought in an outstanding team of professionals, including a psychologist and financial advisor that contributed in solving the complicated issues of my divorce. If you are looking for a family law attorney do not hesitate to retain Donna Buttler. She will not disappoint you!”


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