Available Services

Mediation: A mediator is impartial, and does not give legal advice to either party.  The mediator provides information, but the participants work out the solutions.  As an attorney/mediator, Sharon Lee will share information about legal standards and typical outcomes.  Parties are encouraged to work with independent legal counsel to review final agreements, and to consult throughout the process.

The touchstones of mediation are (1) good faith participation to reach an agreement acceptable to both participants, and (2) voluntary disclosure of relevant information, including financial information.  The mediator facilitates a series of meetings for the participants.

In mediation, participants tailor the process and team to support a successful outcome.  The team may include only the participants and mediator, or may include financial experts, mental health professionals, or child specialists.  Participants are able to use the information provided by team members to make decisions about their family. The end result can be an informal agreement, a formal contract, or an enforceable court order.   

Mediation is typically faster and less expensive than going to court.  Participants who mediate are usually more satisfied with the outcome than those who choose a court process. 


Collaborative Law: Collaborative law is similar to mediation, with both parties having an attorney at the table throughout the process.  Like mediation, this is a voluntary process that is based on participation in good faith to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.  As in mediation. it requires disclosure of all relevant documents and information.  Collaborative law is an out of court decision making process, with attorney support and expertise at the center.   

With the help of attorneys, participants design a team that may include financial experts, mental health professionals, or child specialists.  The end result can be an informal agreement, a formal contract, or an enforceable court order.  Collaborative law is a good choice for people who want the benefits of mediation with the active support and guidance of an attorney.

Like mediation, collaborative law is generally faster and less expensive than going to court, and participants tend to be more satisfied with the outcome than those who choose a court process.


Limited Scope/Unbundled Representation: In limited scope (also called “unbundled”) representation, the lawyer and client team up to divide the work between them.  Limited scope representation allows each client to choose and pay only for the services needed.

Limited scope representation may include reviewing family law court pleadings; writing letters; negotiation coaching; designing parenting plans (including plans for parents with addiction or criminal issues); trial preparation coaching; or coaching clients who are participating in mediation or arbitration.


Litigation: This is the process most people envision when they think about divorce or other family law matters. Litigation is initiated by filing a court pleading, usually called a Petition.  Litigation is appropriate if there are domestic violence, substance abuse or mental health issues, or if there are severe power imbalances in the relationship. This process is available as an alternative if the other choices are not a good fit.  Litigation is usually more expensive than mediation, collaborative law, or limited scope representation.  At this time, our office accepts a limited number of litigated cases.