Working together as individuals and co-parents takes time and hard work but is achievable.


KELLY SUTTON

Divorce Coach & Mediator

Kelly Sutton is an accredited mediator, a relationship mediator and certified divorce coach and transition and recovery coach. Kelly also specialises in premediation divorce coaching to help clients prepare, plan for, and confidently navigate and engage in the divorce mediation process through individualised support and skill building.

Kelly is of Ngai Te Rangi descent and lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa (Wellington, New Zealand) and is the owner of SOS Success.

Kelly’s background is in law where she practised as a corporate and tax lawyer for many years in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Her interest in divorce coaching and mediation developed after going through her own divorce as a mother of three children under 10. Ten years later she has a successful co-parenting and business relationship with her ex-husband.

Why I believe in what I do

As a child of divorce, raised as a teenager by her father, Kelly has first-hand experience of the importance of children maintaining a healthy relationship with both parents post divorce, and is acutely aware of the effect divorce has on men and their essential role as fathers.

Today Kelly co-parents effectively and owns and operates a business with her ex, and through her own experience and training she is able to share her strategies to help others through separation.

“The transition from being a couple to working together constructively as individuals and co-parents takes time and hard work but is achievable.”
“First we worked on removing the emotions and that allowed us to move on to the process of divorce.”

Kelly says it’s important for those separating to work on communication strategies, setting individual goals, and on their shared interests for their children's futures, or business interests if this is relevant.

By sharing her personal experience and knowledge gained from training as a mediator and divorce coach, Kelly’s priority is to help others not only achieve an amicable divorce, but to save them significant costs and time, and preserve the relationships that are important to them.

Kelly is her client’s thinking partner, sounding board and cheerleader. She’ll help keep you focused and motivated on your goals and guide you to make sound decisions that support the future life you want.

Professional Memberships

  • New Zealand Law Society
  • AMINZ (Arbitrator and Mediator Institute of New Zealand)
  • Resolution Institute (New Zealand and Australia)
  • High Conflict Institute LLC
  • National Council of Women of New Zealand
  • Business and Professional Women New Zealand
  • Venus Network for New Zealand Women in Business
  • Wellington Women Lawyers' Association
  • Business Network International (BNI) New Zealand

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Law, LLB
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the HIgh Court of New Zealand
  • PGDipBus (Dispute Resolution)
  • Accredited Mediator and Relationship Mediator (AMINZ, Resolution Institute)
  • CDC Certified Divorce Coach
  • CDC Certified Divorce Transition and Recovery Coach
  • DCA Certified Pre Mediation Divorce Coach
  • High Conflict Institute: New Ways for Families Licensed Mediation and Co-Parenting without Conflict Coach