If you are like many people, the first time you have contact with the legal system is when you face a family law dispute. Adding an unfamiliar legal process on top of powerful emotions can make the situation stressful and very difficult, but you do not have to deal with it on your own. With the guidance of a skilled, understanding attorney, you can transition as smoothly as possible into the next phase of your life, whether you have children at home or not.
I am Shelley A. Gordon, and I have more than 39 years of legal experience, with over 23 of those years devoted to California family law issues. I have experience working with both traditional and nontraditional families and with men and women. Some couples have had long relationships, and some brief ones. I serve clients in Alameda County (Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, Berkeley, San Leandro) as well as cities in Contra Costa County, and I do so while applying a few simple principles to every case:
- That open, honest communication between me and you is the key to a successful outcome
- That the interests of children are of paramount importance in any family law dispute
- That courtroom litigation may sometimes be necessary, but methods like mediation and negotiation give clients control, leading to more satisfying outcomes
- That long-lasting resolutions are preferable to making you return to court repeatedly