Collaborative Law

An out-of-court resolution process for separating and divorcing couples. With an emphasis on full disclosure, respect, and open communication, this approach is client-directed and family-focused. Find out more…

Litigation

We offer a variety of litigation services in the field of Family Law. Find out more about how to start and navigate Family Law litigation. Find out more…

Mediation

Family Law Mediation is a process that is voluntary entered into by couples who are in the midst of separating in order to try and resolve some or all of the issues raised by their separation. Find out more…




Coates v. Watson

Shawyer Family Law and Mediation is part of a team working pro bono on this case. The case deals with the constitutionality of s. 31 of the Family Law Act, which govern’s child support for unmarried children.

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Shawyer Family Law & Mediation

Our goal as a firm is to provide our clients with the best legal services possible. To us that means finding out our individual clients’ needs, tailoring a strategy to suit those needs, and striving to resolve the clients’ issues in a cost-effective, efficient and timely manner.


If you are contemplating hiring a family law lawyer, it is likely that you are going through a very emotionally volatile period in your life. As a result you may be experiencing uncertainty and anxiety. Often these feelings arise from a lack of knowledge and understanding of what lies ahead.

At Shawyer Family Law & Mediation we have created this website to provide you with information about family law litigation and the alternatives to litigation. We represent people dealing with everything from separation and divorce, which includes the custody and access, division of net family property, and the valuation of businesses and pensions, to clients dealing with children’s aid societies.

Our goal as a firm is to provide our clients with the best legal services possible. To us that means finding out our individual clients’ needs , tailoring a strategy to suit those needs, and striving to resolve the clients’ issues in a cost-effective, efficient and timely manner. Our Customer Service Policy explains this in more detail.

To that end, we offer a full range of family law services from the initial drafting of correspondence to representing clients before all levels of court from the Provincial Courts of Justice through Courts of Appeal.

Our team

The lawyers and staff of Shawyer Family Law & Mediation provide legal services to individuals and families who require legal guidance and advice within the Toronto area.

Robert Shawyer, Principal

Robert Shawyer is the founder of Shawyer Family Law & Mediation. His practice focuses on collaborative law, mediation and litigation in the area of family law.

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Andrew Sudano, Associate

Andrew practices in all areas of family law including custody issues, child support, separation agreements, child protection, as well as contested and uncontested divorces.

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Peter Smith, Associate

Peter values the privilege clients give him of sharing some of the most intensely personal and difficult moments of their lives.

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Members of Shawyer Family Law & Mediation are active in the Ontario legal community. View and read a growing list of articles written by members of the firm.

Contact us

3200 Dufferin Street #504, Toronto, ON M6A 3B2

You can also phone us at (416) 640-5858