ELLEN NIGHTINGALE

Family Law Lawyer | Toronto Collaborative Practitioner

Dispute resolution is growing up.

Deeply-held values lay beneath the surface in divorce. These values need to be understood and considered if spouses are to come to a meaningful resolution of their issues.

It takes a lawyer with heart and skill to address the underlying concerns of both parties to a divorce, in order to foster deeper, more enduring resolutions.

It also takes a team of talented divorce professionals who share a commitment and collective responsibility, to help a family transition through a divorce.

You can negotiate in good faith and resolve conflict without getting into a power struggle.

Let me show you how.

Putting Your Future Ahead of Your Past

  • Are you Interested in a process that will reduce your stress and anguish, and encourage respect and in your divorce?
  • Are you concerned about the impact on you and your family of a long and costly court battle?
  • Are you eager to be empowered and supported during your separation and divorce?
  • Are you wondering whether a marriage contract or cohabitation agreement (commonly known as a pre-nup) would be helpful for your upcoming marriage or plans to move in with someone?

You’ve come to the right place

Collaborative Practice, although growing rapidly in popularity around the world, is a relatively new and innovative process for peacefully resolving the issues arising from the end of a marriage and developing a plan for moving on with your life.

The process you choose will impact everything about the way you get through your separation and what life after marriage looks like.

I am happy to share resources so you can learn more about the process and how to create honourable solutions with your spouse.

Collaborative Practice Toronto

The Ontario Collaborative Law Federation

Separation and divorce aren’t easy.

I know. I’ve gone through divorce myself. I’ve also helped clients and their families through separation and divorce in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and all over Ontario.

Good news: you can minimize the trauma of your separation and divorce.

It’s called Collaborative Practice.

Collaborative Practice offers an attractive alternative to going to court.

Going to court means lawyers act like gladiators battling fiercely for the interests of their clients. But an adversarial approach leads to only one certain outcome: a heavy emotional and financial toll. When you choose Collaborative Practice, you commit to minimizing the negative impacts of separation and divorce. You also set a more healthy pattern of communication and cooperation that will continue after your divorce. Ongoing communication between parents is a reality. Why not make that reality the best it can be?

We’re all human beings.

I’ve found that when the parties to a divorce – and their lawyers – treat others like human beings with genuine respect and concern, separation and divorce cause far less damage. I also give you more than legal advice – I assist you in making the first steps in a major life transition.

  • I listen to and support you.
  • My goal is for you to be confident and empowered throughout the process.
  • I make complex legal concepts easy to understand.
  • I make sure you understand all of your options.
  • I offer competitive rates and help you keep your legal costs manageable.
  • As a trained Collaborative Practice lawyer, I strive to help you resolve your case as quickly and smoothly as possible.
  • I help you lay a strong foundation for the next phase of your life.