I completed both my American and Canadian law degrees in 2006 and have practised in family law, almost exclusively, since my call to the bar in 2007. I feel humbled and fortunate every day to be trusted by individuals to assist them in the most personal transitions shaping their family’s futures. In the case of separation, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing a client, who comes to me in crisis, transform through the process, and become whole on the other side.
I spent a large part of my life on the East Coast of Canada and that is where I learned the importance of treating people as people, not files. Specifically, I learned to treat people with honesty, integrity and fairness. I also pride myself on being approachable. Given the personal nature of topics that family law deals with, it is important to me that my clients feel that they can be completely honest with me so that they can decide, fully informed, how they wish to proceed. I pride myself on being a tireless advocate for my client’s interests.
While sometimes court is unavoidable, and I have advocated at all levels of Court in Ontario, I also enjoy working with clients in advancing their cases through various methods of alternative dispute resolution. I am adept at representing my client’s interests through negotiation, Collaborative Practice, mediation, and if appropriate, arbitration.
I enjoy helping families through high conflict custody and access matters, including those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, as well as resolving financial matters, from support, to property equalization and possession of the matrimonial home. My goal in all matters is to bring calm and stability to what can be a stressful and chaotic period.
I feel humbled and fortunate every day to be trusted by individuals to assist them in the most personal transitions shaping their family’s futures.
-- Rachel Healey