Annette specializes in helping separated parents develop effective means of resolving disputes, to ensure that their children successfully adjust to the family transition. Annette provides mediation to achieve child-focused parenting plans, parenting coordination, reunification counselling, child interviews obtaining views and preferences, section 30 assessments, and domestic violence screening. Annette’s approach is informed by her professional training, play therapist practice (2001-2007), her service on the panel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (2003-present).
Patricia Bidgood – Patricia Bidgood & Associates
Address: 213-900 Guelph Street Kitchener, Ontario N2H 5Z6
Patricia helps parents generate creative parenting plans and solutions that enhance effective co-parenting relationships, while mitigating the negative effects often associated with divorce on families. Patricia provides: divorce coaching, adjustment counselling with children and teens, parenting coordination, family reunification, and domestic violence screening for mediation/arbitration. Services are covered under many extended medical benefit plans. Patricia lives in Waterloo region with her husband and has a blended family of six adult children.
Steven Martin, M.Th. - Martin Counselling and Mediation
I then went on to become a Registered Marriage and Family Counsellor, trained in psychoanalytic theory for individual therapy, as well as becoming a Mediator. I am interested and experienced in working with people from all religious perspectives and backgrounds. In my practice, I see people of all ages, as well as groups. Appointments available at our offices in New Hamburg, Stratford and Kitchener.
Dr. Kris Pryke is a clinical psychologist, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. After several years working in mental health and education, she now provides assessment, consultation, and therapy services on a private basis.
She has extensive experience working with a variety of families, helping them manage very stressful events. Her role on the collaborative team can include interviewing the children about their feelings and preferences, providing therapeutic support to the children, co-ordinating parenting plans, or facilitating the process as the “family professional” at all necessary meetings.
She has clinical and management experience in counselling services, public health, children’s rehabilitation and teaching. Barb has been on the panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer since 2009, completing custody and access assessments, voice of the child reports and assisting lawyers to represent children. Family law lawyers often comment on Barb’s skill and talent interviewing children and adults, her thorough and child focused assessments and reports, and her ability to inspire individuals to see things from a different perspective and believe in the positive difference they can make in the lives of children. Over the span of her professional career she has been recognized for her creative and collaborative ability to bring together diverse individuals and focus on strengths and finding solutions that result in better outcomes for children and families.
Rob Hehl - Chartered Business Valuator with BDO
Address: 150 Caroline Street South, Suite 201 Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 0A5
Working with the other members of your Collaborative Family Law team, I can support you in determining the value of any business assets that you may own, provide support in determining income for support purposes and assist in developing your financial profile for the purposes reaching a settlement in a timely, supportive and cost effective manner.
Tim Rickert - Chartered Business Valuator with BDO
Address: 150 Caroline Street South, Suite 201 Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 0A5
As a chartered business valuator and chartered professional accountant with over 15 years of experience, I can assist you with business valuations, income for support analysis and determination of net family property.
I can be your independent financial advisor trained in collaborative family law and alternative dispute resolution. I enjoy working in the collaborative environment helping couples resolve their financial issues to help them move on to the next phase of their lives.
Alison Sawatzky - Sawatzky Valuations Inc.
*Alison is currently on a leave of absence – returning in September, 2020
Address:14 Princess Street West, Suite 703, Waterloo, ON N2L 2X8
Alison is a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant), CBV (Chartered Business Valuator) and CFDS (Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist) and has been working with family law clients since 2001. She can assist with all of the financial aspects of family law including business valuation, determination of income for support, equalization of net family property, budgets and cash flow projections.
Address: 675 Queen St South, Suite 206, Kitchener, ON N2M 1A1
As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner, Sara provides financial analysis and projections that will give clarity to your current situation as well as future possibilities.
Devin practices family law at Miller Thomson LLP, where he routinely assists clients with a wide range of issues, including property division and equalization, spousal and child support, and custody and access.
Devin’s focus is on achieving the best possible results for his clients and their families, and believes that the Collaborative Family Law process can often assist client’s toward that end. Devin is also able to provide services in Portuguese.
Address:420 Sheldon Drive, Suite 204 Cambridge, ON N1T 2H9
Matthew grew up in Burlington, Ontario, and attended school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of King’s College and a law degree from Dalhousie University in 2010 before being called to the bar in Ontario in 2011.
Matthew has been actively practicing family law for several years, and became a member of Best4All in 2018. Matthew is a firm believer in collaborative law as a viable form of alternative dispute resolution that helps families who are struggling with the difficult issues arising upon a separation or divorce.
Matthew is an active member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Waterloo Region Law Association (including FLOWR – Family Lawyers of Waterloo Region), and Best4All. Matthew lives in Kitchener with his wife and their two children.
Rob Bickle- Madorin, Snyder LLP
Address: 55 King Street W. PO Box 1234 Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4G9
Jennifer is well aware of the financial and emotional burden that litigation can cause and devotes much of her practice to resolving matters outside of court, whether it be through negotiation, collaborative family law or mediation. She is experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of family law, including custody, access, child support, spousal support and property issues and has extensive experience in preparing separation agreements, cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts.
Peter Brennan - Amy, Appleby & Brennan
I am retiring on December 31, 2019. I am completing current files but am no longer taking new files.
I feel privileged to have been a member of a group of dedicated professionals committed to a high standard of dispute resolution for families experiencing separation and divorce.
Ward was part of the initial group of lawyers to train in the Collaborative Family Law process in 2004. Ward is also proud to be on the Office of the Children’s Lawyer Panel and has been since 2002. The collaborative law process can be a far more effective way in dealing with family separation issues not only in financial terms but in emotional costs as well. Ward would certainly review with you all of your options that are available and would gladly answer any questions that you may have. When Ward is away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and rockin’ out on his guitar.
Frank Carere - Madorin, Snyder LLP
Address: 55 King Street W., PO Box 1234 Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4G9
He also provides arbitration and mediation services and is a certified mediator. Frank has restricted his family law practice to the collaborative model because in his experience it results in very creative solutions in the most timely and cost effective manner.
Heather Caron - Caron Family Law
Address: 7 Duke Street West, Suite 204, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 6N7
After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University and Osgood Hall Law School, Heather was called to the bar in 2002. Her background includes criminal law and child and family services matters. She has over 14 years of experience, both inside and outside of the courtroom, and has dealt with a wide variety of Family Law matters over the years.
Heather has had cases in Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and argued at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She has appeared as counsel for inmates at their disciplinary hearings at the Grand Valley Federal Institution for Women. Areas of practice include: Separation; Divorce; Litigation; Child Custody & Access; Child & Spousal Support; Marriage Contracts; Matrimonial Law; Notary Public and Commissioner; Property Division; Adoption.
Marlene Fitzpatrick - Barrister, Solicitor, Notary Public
Address: 420 Weber Street North, Waterloo, ON N2L 4E7
I believe there are many benefits to the collaborative approach as opposed to adversarial proceedings. Parties should be allowed an opportunity to voice their concerns and be involved in the decisions affecting their lives. My practice also includes real estate law and wills and estate planning.
Lawrence Greaves - Oldfield, Greaves, D’Agostino & Scriven
Address: 172 King Street South Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 4X8
Tania articled and worked at two national law firms and worked as in-house counsel at the local children’s aid society before opening her own practice in October 2008. Tania is resolution focused and has experience with negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law. Tania is organized, passionate and committed to her clients. Tania sits on the Board of Directors for a child care center and participates in her neighbourhood association. She is a proud member of the Waterloo Law Association, the Ontario Bar Association and an active member of FLOWR – Family Lawyers of the Waterloo Region.
Shelly Harper - Harper Law
Address: 201-7 Duke Street West, Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 6N7
Areas of practice include collaborative family law practice, negotiation and resolution of family law issues including cohabitation, marriage and separation agreements, the development of child centered parenting plans, property and support provisions.
I act as counsel in mediations and arbitrations. I am a neutral evaluator as well as a trained and experienced mediator and arbitrator. Skills include: effective listening, coaching effective communication, problem solving skills, creative and analytical thinking.
Joseph Irvine - Giesbrecht, Griffin, Funk & Irvine
Address: 60 College Street, Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 5A1
Joe has practised family law in Waterloo Region for over a decade and has extensive experience helping clients resolve a wide range of family law issues, including custody, access, support and property division.
Joe’s focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for separated couples and their children fits in well with the collaborative process, by focusing on mutual interests and approaching difficult issues in a civil and respectful way.
Address: 56 Francis Street North, Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 2B5
Diane has a passion for family law and helping clients through difficult family transitions. She is trained in both Collaborative Family Law Mediation and as such, encourages clients to resolve their family law issues without resorting to court. Diane lives in Kitchener with her husband and their 3 children.
Steven McMurray - McIntyre, McMurray
Address: 536 Frederick Street, Kitchener, Ontario, N2B 2A6
After litigating family law and divorce issues for 25 years Steve now devotes 100% of his family law practice to negotiated settlements and collaborative family law. His goal is to resolve family and divorce issues with dignity and support, with an emphasis on minimizing adult conflict and its adverse effects on any children involved.
David M. Morneau Jr. - Morneau Family Law Solutions
After spending 16 years going to court, he decided that there was a better way. He is a firm believer in the Collaborative Process (and all alternatives to the court), which is a far more effective and efficient use of time and money and far less destructive to families. What is more is that David believes that people can make their own decisions and believes in assisting those he help to make informed decisions.
In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, pursuing charitable endeavors and is an avid baseball fan.
Charles Morrison - Morrison Reist
Address: 279 Queen St. South, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 1W6
Jacqueline S. Mulvey has been practising family law in the Kitchener – Waterloo area for over 18 years. Jacqueline has completed her Level 1 and Level 2 training to become a qualified Collaborative Family Lawyer.
She has resolved numerous family law files through the Collaborative Family Law process. Jacqueline is pleased to offer a free one-half hour initial consultation for new clients. Her professional law office is conveniently located near downtown Kitchener.
Richard Noll - Dueck, Sauer, Jutzi & Noll LLP
Address: 403 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3V2
I have dealt with complex issues dealing with business and partnership interests, family trusts, real estate ventures and professional practices. I joined the Collaborative law practice group when it commenced as I believe in the benefits of a collaboratively negotiated resolution for my client. I have Level I and Level II training and would be pleased to meet with you to review your matter.
Sandra Spiegelberg - Protopapas & Spiegelberg
Address: 22 Frederick Street, Suite 1016 Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 6M6
Sandra is a native of Kitchener-Waterloo with family roots in the area dating back to 1909. She graduated from Queen’s University Law School and has practiced Family Law exclusively since her call to the bar in 1986.
Sandra received training in Collaborative Law in 2004 and completed her Collaborative Law Level II Training in 2010. Sandra enthusiastically supports and implements alternative methods of dispute resolution outside the Court system, with emphasis on Collaborative negotiations and goal-oriented solutions.
She has valuable experience in all areas of family law, including specialized training in Collaborative Family Law, mediation and children’s law. Your choice of lawyer is important. We understand the financial and emotional stress of your separation. We’ll review your options so you can make informed choices for your family. Call or email us for more information.
She was called to the Bar in April 1979 and has primarily focused on Family Law in Kitchener-Waterloo. Margaret Anne is sensitive to the entire family dynamics as she represents children through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. She is committed to the Collaborative process which fits her personal mission statement that being “The best possible result at the least possible expense”.
Leanne Way - Madorin, Snyder LLP
Address: 55 King Street W., PO Box 1234 Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4G9
Leanne has been practicing in all areas of family law since 1998. Leanne believes that Collaborative Family Law is the best way for families to achieve mutual resolutions without the need for court. She enjoys serving on the panel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for over 14 years, and brings child focused experience to developing creative solutions to help spouses resolve their differences.
Address: 256 Buttonbush Street, Waterloo, ON, N2V 0B4
Her experience as a traditional family law lawyer led Debbie to seek a better, more peaceful way to help her clients through their separation, without going to court. Debbie is passionate about helping her clients achieve greater certainty and control over the decisions that impact them and their families by using the collaborative resolution process.
Jane McKenzie - Jane McKenzie Family Law
Address: 7th Floor, 22 Frederick Street, Kitchener, On, N2H 6M6
She graduated from Queen’s Law School in 1985 and was called to the Bar in 1988. Jane has completed a Certificate in Family Mediation from McMaster University as well as other mediation training.
Jane believes in a process that includes the parties as decision makers and skips the hurtful finger pointing. The Collaborative approach groups professionals to assist the parties towards a well-considered resolution. Clients still each have a lawyer. It is about transitioning and getting to the other side of parting as effectively, cheaply and painlessly as possible without the court process. Jane lives in Kitchener with her spouse and two Westies.
Caroline is a family law lawyer at Miller Thomson LLP, where she assists people in resolving all aspects of family law after a separation. Caroline believes that out-of-court settlements are less costly, more practical, creative, and allow for customizable resolutions for families. Caroline is a member of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer panel, and uses her training to assist with child-focused negotiations. She is able to provide services in English and French.