Attorney at Bort Law
For more than 30 years, Shelley Bobman has empowered hundreds of clients make informed and intelligent decisions regarding the outcome of matters relating to separation, divorce and custody.
Individuals facing a life transition such as separation and divorce need an empathetic advocate to provide professional and compassionate guidance. Shelley ascertains the client’s concerns and goals before discussing various options, which include the traditional court process, mediation and the collaborative process. She encourages clients to resolve disputes amicably and peacefully, to minimize the impact on the family.
Shelley provides mediation services to those couples seeking a neutral party to facilitate and manage the negotiation process. In a collaborative case, she provides legal advice and advocacy that a mediator cannot offer. Other professionals are retained, such as a mental health professional, who provides support with communicating and/or parenting, and an accountant or financial advisor to assist with cash flow analysis, alimony and child support and settlement options. The parties and professionals sign an agreement committing to work together outside of the court process, which gives parties complete control over the manner and timing in which an agreement is reached. Certain cases are not appropriate for mediation or collaborative process and must be litigated. Shelley is a skilled advocate with many years of courtroom experience. She has successfully tried cases involving support, custody, equitable distribution, protection from abuse and adoption in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks Counties.
With decades of experience, Shelley has written and presented extensively about the financial impact of divorce, custody issues, and prenuptial agreements. She is available to consult on these and other family law related issues.
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Shelley is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and a summa cum laude graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court.
Early in her career, Shelley was a social worker in the Family Court Division of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She represented children in detention or residential placement, which became the foundation of her career as a family law attorney. It was in that role that Shelley developed compassion and sensitivity towards children and families in crisis.
Shelley began her practice serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Harriet M. Mims (dec’d), who presided in Family and Orphan’s Court in the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County. She also served as a staff attorney to the Honorable Toby Lynn Dickman (dec’d), who presided in Family Court in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County.
Dedicated to the collaborative law practice, Shelley is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), a community of legal, mental health, and financial professionals working together to create client-centered processes for conflict resolution and Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a practice group of professionals who share a vision for balanced and lasting solutions for their clients. In addition to membership in these professional groups, Shelley is a member of the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court and an active member of the Pennsylvania, Montgomery and Chester County Bar Associations, where she serves on various committees.
Shelley has received appointments from Montgomery County Judges to serve as Special Master in Divorce, Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Court Master, Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children, and as attorney for parents in dependency and involuntary termination matters. She serves as Friend of the Court in Protection from Abuse Hearings and provides pro bono services to Montgomery County Legal Aid, and the Women’s Center of Montgomery County.
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Shelley has given many presentations on the topic of family law and domestic violence, including lectures on behalf of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations and Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Below are some of her engagements:
- Presentation, November 2017 at Drexel University School of Law on Collaborative Practice
- Instructor, Paralegal Studies, Community College of Philadelphia 2015
- Instructor, Main Line Paralegal School 2001
- Presentation and editor, Practice Before the Montgomery County Custody Conciliator, Montgomery Bar Association
- Presentation and editor, Seasonal issues impacting Family Law Practice, Montgomery Bar Association
- Presentation and editor Divorce and Bankruptcy, Montgomery Bar Association
- Presentation and editor, Evidence in Family Court, 2002 Family Law Practicum, Montgomery Bar Association
- Presentation, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, Gratz College
PAST AND PRESENT PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
- Montgomery Bar Association, Family Law Section, Custody Committee
- Montgomery Bar Association, Chair, Bankruptcy Committee
- Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference
- Women’s Center of Montgomery County
- Montgomery Child Advocacy Project
- Montgomery County Legal Aid
- Perelman Jewish Day School
- Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1981)
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1981)
- United States Supreme Court (1993)