Summary

When there are estate and family disputes, seemingly simple matters can quickly become complex and potentially more difficult to resolve. The legal rights and/or obligations of the parties, the nature and value of assets in issue, countervailing claims, personal issues, and a myriad of administrative and procedural details can together seem overwhelming.

The Family Law Group regularly represents individuals and parties in disputes ranging from single issues to more complex matters. Our Family Law Group offers legal assistance in custody, access, financial issues arising out of separation, income determination, and child and spousal support. We appear before all levels of court, including the Superior Court of Ontario and Ontario Court of Appeal. We negotiate, draft, and review all forms of domestic marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements and separation agreements.

With a deep understanding of your needs, BLG regularly represents clients' interests during stressful and difficult times. We have the requisite skills, understanding of your goals and the knowledge of the complexities involved, which allows us to negotiate a resolution on your behalf, or to litigate where necessary.

With around-the-clock access to experts in all areas of the law, including Estate, Tax and Wealth Management, the Family Law Group is committed to achieving the most successful and cost-effective solutions for our clients. You can look to BLG's Family Law Group for professionals at the forefront of the industry.

Publications & Presentations

  • Panelist, "Ignite Your Business", Distinctive Women 2015 National Event, October 2015.
  • Panelist, "Your Snooping Client: Making Sense of the Repercussions", at the OBA program: Bread and Butter Issues in Family Law, September 18, 2015.
  • Co-author, "Intruding upon the seclusion of personal email - what the common law tort for invasion of privacy might mean for snooping pouses and the electronic evidence that they obtain", Canadian Family Law Quarterly, April 2015.
  • Speaker, "How to Maximize Client Satisfaction & Avoid Complaints: From Initial Retainer to Final Account," The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter, February 13, 2015.
  • Co-author, "When Clients Intrude Upon the Seclusion of Their Spouses' Personal Email: What the Common Law Tort for the Invasion of Privacy Might Mean for Snooping Spouses and the Electronic Evidence That They Obtain", BLG Family Law Lunch and Learn Series (LSUC Program), January 13, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Caught in the Crossfire: The Impact of Family Breakup on Schools", Education Law Institute, November 6, 2014.
  • Co-speaker, "Child Support for Adult Children", BLG Family Law Lunch and Learn Series, September 4, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Intrusion on the Seclusion of Personal Email", Federation of Law Societies of Canada – National Family Law Program, July 2014
  • Speaker, "Year in Review:  Highlights of 2013 Family Law Cases", BLG Family Law Lunch and Learn Series, January 28, 2014.
  • Co-speaker, "Managing the Custody Assessment Process: How Can We Know the Dancer from the Dance? The Assessor's and the Lawyer's Perspectives", BLG Family Law Lunch and Learn Series, October 21, 2013 (with Dr. Arthur Leonoff).
  • Keynote Speaker and Panellist, "Reconfiguring Mentorship — A Road More Easily Travelled: Achieving Success as a Woman in Private Practice," University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law’s Women’s Legal Mentorship Program, February 2012.
  • Speaker, "How Private is Your Email?" BLG Family Law Lunch Series, February 2012.
  • Speaker, "Practice Management Issues in Family," BLG Family Law Lunch Series, December 2011 (with Mary Jane Binks of Augustine Bater Binks LLP and Greg Ste Marie of Burke Robertson LLP).
  • Speaker, "How Private is Your Email? – Email and Privacy – The Current State of the Law," 31st Civil Litigation Conference, November 2011.
  • Author, "When Spouses Access Email Without Consent," The Lawyers Weekly, May 2011.
  • Author, "You’ve Got Mail, Snooping Emails, Privacy Law, and Admissibility of Evidence," Briefly Speaking, April 2011.
  • Author, "Revised Family Laws Speed up Information Transfer," The Lawyers Weekly, April 2010.
  • Speaker, "The Family Law Amendment Act – Upcoming Changes that Will Affect Your Practice as Early as March 1, 2010: Affidavit in Support of Claim for Custody or Access – Form 35.1," Ontario Bar Association Lunch and Learn Program, February 2010.
  • Speaker, "Extension of the Election under the Family Law Act," Ontario Bar Association Program, October 2009.
  • Interview, "Parental Alienation: Tough Balance of Practical Realities," Law Times, June 2009.