Our Collaborative Approach

Divorce is much more than a legal process. It is an emotional and financial journey that includes a legal component. Just as marriage is much more than a marriage certificate, the process of divorce is far more than a judge simply signing the Certificate of Divorce. Instead of rushing to the Courthouse, contact us to discuss litigation alternatives. You DO have choices.


Our approach respects relationships as well as the emotional and financial needs of your family.


An interest-based technique that explores the underlying needs, wants, values and objectives of you and your partner.


A settlement-focused process to resolve family matters without going to Court. 

I believe that the collaborative process is the most economical and efficient process for clients to achieve complete and long lasting resolutions of their family law matters.  I have a keen interest in applying my collaborative skills to assist my clients to achieve fair and reasonable resolutions for their families through a respectful and client focused process.

Sharon Moote

Barrister and Solicitor

Our services

Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative  Family Law is a process that enables separating spouses to create their own affordable separation agreement with the support of highly trained professionals. 

Unlike the the traditional Court process, the parties, their lawyers, and any jointly retained professionals work together in a cooperative, non-adversarial manner to achieve a lasting, mutually acceptable separation agreement that places the needs of the children first, preserves family/parenting relationships, and provides the financial resources for each of the spouses to begin separate lives.


Negotiation is a less formal process than collaborative law and typically involves two lawyers communicating on their clients’ behalves about the financial and parenting issues that arise on separation. 



Mediation is an approach to solving problems in which a third party helps people with family law issues reach a resolution without going to court. Mediators cannot give you independent legal advice. Only a lawyer can give you independent legal advice. When going through the mediation process, it is recommended that you and your partner to both have your own lawyer. Sharon is not a mediator, but she does provide legal advice to those involved in mediation. 


Arbitration is similar to a court case, but it is less formal. Most people have a lawyer. At the hearing, both you and your former partner can give evidence and say what you think is fair. After each of you have presented your case, the arbitrator will make a decision. Sharon is not a arbitrator, but she does represent parties in arbitration proceedings. 

Uncontested Divorce

In an uncontested divorce proceeding, both spouses agree on all issues concerning the divorce, including but not limited to the division of property and debts, child custody, child support, and spousal support. These issues have usually been settled by way of Separation Agreement or Court Order. The final step is the divorce. Sharon can help to prepare your documents for the Court to grant the divorce.  

Legal Advice

If you have questions about your family law matter or want more information on family law process, contact our office to book a consultation. During your consultation, Sharon is receptive to your goals and concerns, realistic in her assessment of your situation and honest with her answers to your questions. 



200 Bond Street West, Suite 210 Oshawa, Ontario, L1J 2L7

Our hours

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Contact us

Phone: (905) 432-7880
Email: admin@mootelaw.com