Molshree “Molly” A. Sharma
Molshree “Molly” A. Sharma is a savvy, accessible, aggressive and sensitive advocate for her clients facing the challenges of divorce and the work often arising after divorce. Her expertise is working with business owners, professionals such as doctors, lawyers, athletes and/or individuals of high net worth who are grappling with the complex financial implications of ending their marriage. She handles complicated family law matters that require high-level financial experience with assets in real estate, investment accounts, business valuations, tax and retirement benefits. Molly works with her clients to develop successful strategies to resolve their case, which includes interacting with professionals who work with the client before and after divorce.
As the daughter of a high-ranking diplomat, Molly traveled the world as a young woman and developed a passion for international family law. She is extremely successful at resolving parenting (formerly called “custody”) matters, litigating them with sensitivity in court (when required). Molly has a special expertise in international custody disputes and Hague convention cases, a treaty with more than 90 signatory countries which resolves issues of child abduction and jurisdiction. Molly has lectured, published and advocated for return of abducted children and left-behind parents.
Molly is also an acclaimed photographer who has exhibited at the University of Chicago. She lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and daughter.
Complex, High-profile Family Law Matters
Languages other than English
Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT, J.D.
Crain’s Chicago Notable Minority Lawyer, 2019
Leading Lawyer, 2013; 2015–2019
Crain’s Chicago Notable Women Lawyers, 2018
Rising Star Illinois Super Lawyer, 2013; 2016–2018
Emerging Women Lawyers, 2017 & 2018
Top Women Attorneys of Illinois Award 2016
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Distinguished Service Award, 2012
Chicago Bar Association Award, 2011
Cook County Department of Corrections Volunteer Award, 2010
Hindu Marriage & Divorce: Issues that Affect Dissolution Matters in the United States, ABA Journal, 2019
All Over the Map, Illinois Bar Journal, 2018.
International Child Custody & the Hague Convention, Family Lawyer Magazine, 2018.
Maintenance and Cohabitation, Family Lawyer Magazine, 2017.
Inter-country Child Abduction - Indian Legal Response, Private International Law, 2017
The Second Time Around: The Legal Implications of Marriage versus Cohabitation, ABA Section of Family Law - Family Advocate, 2017.
Affidavits of Support: Another Option for Divorcing Immigrant Spouses, Illinois Bar Journal, 2015.
Managing Key Issues in Today's Family Law Cases, Thompson Reuters Aspatore, 2015.
A chapter in the "Inside the Minds, Strategies in Family Law in Illinois series, 2015
Support Awards for Adult Disabled Children in Illinois, Illinois Bar Journal, 2012
Community and Organizations
Fellow of International Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2019–Present
Organize conferences in India, 2017–Present, and Ethiopia, 2016
Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of Child Abduction International Family Law, Brazil, 2017
Chair of Cyriac Kappil CVLS Pro Bono Clinic - Indo American Center at Devon and California (Servicing Immigrant Communities), 2010–2011
Indian American Bar Association, Co-Vice President for Pro Bono activities, 2010–2011
Asian American Bar Association, Member
Chicago Bar Association, Member
Illinois Bar Association, Member
Women’s Bar Association, Member
Lectures and Conferences
Lectures annually in Washington D.C.
Speaker at ISFL Israel Regional Conference - Children’s Rights and Interests, December 2019
Family Conference at the University of Westminster in London, July 2019
Lectured at the 7th Journal of Private International Law Journal Conference in Brazil, August 2017
Panelist and Expert on the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and Protection
Panelist at Conference in New Delhi, India on the Hague Convention on Child Custody
Lectured on Private International Law with a Focus on International Family Law
Lectured at the US Ambassador’s home in India
Speaker at the Gender, Inclusivity and Protecting the 21st Century
Speaker at upcoming 8th Family Law & Children's Rights Conference in Singapore, July 2021