Free Consultation with Legal Mediator – Shirley Eve Levitan

Shirley offers you a free initial consultation to help you decide which process option best suits you and, if applicable, your children. If you and your spouse are considering mediation, the consultation will focus only on process (no substantive issues will be discussed) and can include your spouse.

This consultation will help you to choose your path to resolution!

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Shirley has been practicing family law for over 25 years. She is licensed to practice in Ontario and New York State. Shirley obtained her mediation certification under the auspices of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is a certified Collaborative Practitioner. Shirley is also an Associate Member of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. Shirley's goal, and personal philosophy, is to guide her clients through the emotional and financial upheaval of separation and divorce in a respectful, affordable, and results oriented process. Shirley's focus is to minimize the toxicity that can result from separation, and maximize the opportunity for creative resolutions that work best for her clients and their children. Shirley works with a wide range of people, ranging from modest to high net worth individuals and couples.

Shirley is a past Co-Chair of Collaborative Practice Toronto and current member of Collaborative Practice Toronto, the Peel Region Collaborative Practice Group, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation and the State of New York, Administrative Office of the Courts.

Shirley obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1981 and her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1986. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988 and the New York State Bar in 1991.

Shirley also practices in the area of fertility law, involving all manners of complex family building, and has done so since 1996.

Shirley has been invited to speak by the Ontario Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Judge's Conference (Ontario), the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, the Amercian Academy of Reproductive Technology Attorneys (of which she is an elected Fellow), the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Osgoode Law School and University of Toronto Law School.

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Shirley started her law career in 1988, at a large, corporate Bay Street firm and ultimately decided to work with clients on a more personal level. Shirley started her family law practice in 1991. Having the corporate experience combined with her undergraduate focus on psychology gave her a heightened understanding of the complex financial and emotional issues many separating couples can experience. Shirley feels very strongly that divorce is not about winning a fight, but rather, about solving a problem. Her approach to resolving family law disputes is twofold: first, she helps her clients find the best resolution process for them and their children, and second, she works with them, in that process, to obtain a durable settlement agreement in the least destructive manner.

Shirley's empathetic and practical approach leaves her clients feeling heard, respected and understood. She appreciates the stress, fear and goals of her clients, and she has the insight, experience and ability to guide her clients through separation and divorce in a dignified, affordable and creative way-whether it be via mediation or Collaborative Practice. Shirley brings a calm creativity to the negotiations, and knows full well that respect and dignity go far in bringing closure. She understands that there are situations that will require the assistance of other professionals, and she works effectively with them, including social workers, business valuators, accountants and psychologists.

Shirley offers an initial free consultation for her clients, to help them determine which out of court settlement process is best suited to them.

Shirley has helped numerous people from all walks of life resolve complex family law issues, ranging from high net worth situations to those with modest assets.

She will help you move forward with confidence. She will help you move forward with living your life.