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Chantel Lawton

Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public


Helping separating families through the difficult transition to independent lives with dignity is my passion. During the journey of separation and divorce, I provide my clients with the support they need to help them to get to their goals and make sure their family is going to be okay. I support my clients each step of the way. In the collaborative process I help guide you through to a respectful and peaceful process towards a resolution. The process is focused and tailored for your unique family.

My goal for the collaborative process is for your family to be able to move forward, to be okay, and to to have the closure needed to be at peace.

I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Music (Education) in 1997. I obtained my Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Windsor in 2001 and was called to the bar in 2002. My practice has focused primarily on Family Law. I have been working as a collaborative lawyer since being specially trained in 2012.

Chantel Lawton

Chantel Lawton

Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public
I've been assisting my clients with all of their Family Law needs since 2002. My primary focus is on Collaborative Family Practice, Separation and Divorce. I also provide services for Wills and Estates.

"We are committed to maintaining an understanding, positive, welcoming and safe environment for our clients."

Family Law

We provide exceptional service to our clients in all aspects of Family Law, Collaborative Family Practice, Divorce and Separation. Separation and Divorce is a difficult and emotional process. You require the knowledge, expertise and support we can offer to you.

I use my specialized training in Collaborative Family Law to support my clients to an effective resolution of their separation or divorce. Through the Collaborative approach, I guide my clients to a resolution that gives them more of what is most important to them. Using the principles of Collaborative Practice, I work with the Collaborative team to identify each family's goals and interests, what is important to them, and to creatively develop options for resolving the issues based on the needs of their unique family.

We can assist you with:

  • Collaborative Family Practice resolutions
  • Separation Agreements, Marriage Contracts, Parenting Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements
  • Supporting you through the Mediation process
  • Divorce
  • Representation in Family Court
  • Family Adoptions
  • Custody and Access
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Independent Legal Advice
  • Will and Estate Matters

What is Collaborative Family Law?

What do you want for your family? What do you want for your children? How do you want to feel at the end of the process? What is most important to you? These are the types of questions we ask both spouses engaging in collaborative negotiation. Collaborative process allows you to control the outcome. The end result of a collaborative negotiation is a binding separation agreement between yourself and your former spouse. The process is completely private and confidential.

Collaborative law is not about engaging in a battle where there is a winner and loser. Instead, it is a process through which both parties are able to speak about what is important to them and the team works towards a resolution that is a win for both spouses and the children.

I also work with several organizations such as:

Ontario Collaborative Law Federation
Victoria-Haliburton Law Association
Family Law Resolution Centre
Kawartha Collaborative Practice
As well as a panel lawyer for the

"We are here to help our clients through their challenges every step of the way. We do so while maintaining reasonable rates in an efficient and client focused manner."

Wills & Estate Matters

A proper will that is structured to fit with your estate plan is the best way to ensure that your loved ones receive the benefit of your estate the way you intend. We will assist you to develop your plan and structure your assets in such a way as to give the most benefit to your beneficiaries. I can also assist your estate trustee in distributing the assets of your estate in a manner consistent with the terms of your will.

Having a power of attorney in place for your personal care and your financial affairs is often one of the last things that people want to deal with. It is also one of the most important. These documents protect you and your family when you are your most vulnerable. We strive to help you make a plan that will meet your needs and those of your family.

Wills & Estate Matters