Sherman Law LLP




Family Law







The decision to separate can be a very difficult and traumatic event for a couple and their family, where high emotions can make it challenging to envision a brighter tomorrow. Our challenge as family law lawyers and mediators is to help our clients and their families move forward from these dark moments with compassion and with care. If you are a family in transition who is experiencing the end of a relationship or a marriage uncoupling, you may have many questions about your separation and find yourself uncertain about where to even begin. Choosing the right family law lawyer to represent you is one of the most important decisions that you will need to make. Our four decades of experience assisting clients with matrimonial matters informs our belief that you should select a lawyer who cares about the legal issues that are important to you, and has the experience to help you find solutions where maintaining good relationships built upon well-considered communication and emotional intelligence with your spouse and your children matter. 




Three facts that every client should consider

when designing a family law dispute resolution process:


FACT #1:

Your breakup does not need to ruin your life, damage your children, or define your future.

Your separation can be healing, kind, loving, and respectful of yourself and all involved.


Many of us aspire to an amicable and peaceful ending of a marriage. Yet, we know that most separations are incredibly heartbreaking and hostile. Far too often, hurt people hurt others. But it does not have to be this way. We are part of the comprehensive law movement that seeks to focus on the human well-being of our clients and their families as part of our contribution to the law as a healing profession. We advocate and support a wholistic approach to the practise of law that finds healthier ways to resolve legal disputes than an adversarial approach to conflict resolution and the resulting stress and emotional trauma that follows.


We focus on reducing family conflict, which allows creative and sustainable dispute resolution to follow.


Our lawyers are child-focused and family-focused advocates, who approach each case with individual and strategic care. As integrative legal practitioners, we seek values-based solutions that optimize human well-being in the practise of law, the resolution of legal disputes, and the resolution of legal matters. We welcome all modern families at our family law firm including single parents, blended families, same-sex couples, and LGBTQ2S+.  


FACT #2:

Lawyers can be peacemakers, problem solvers, and healers of conflict. 


We know that words matter. Negative and hurtful words can be very painful and inflict damage in far worse injury than simply hurt feelings. That is why we focus on non-adversarial forms of communication, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence with each client. We have honest conversations with our clients where we strive for clarity and understanding even in moments of discomfort.  We help our clients to shift their paradigm of thinking from a conflict mode to a change-centric model. We know that being professional, transparent and honest with our clients is the key to ensuring that we favourably resolve each family law case based on clear and understandable explanations of the law. Our lawyers and mediators focus on sustainable collaboration.


Transitioning to and promoting peacekeeping and healing within the legal profession through alternative dispute resolution processes that look at the needs of the whole family allows the client to obtain the best advice and assistance from legal, financial, and

family and mental health professionals. 


FACT #3:

High conflict family law cases can be resolved out-of-court

with better outcomes and sustainable parenting plans for you and your family.


Our 40 years of firm expertise informs are view that couples can consciously decide to work together to avoid the conflict and adversarial nature of a traditional court process. These couples can experience what many sociologists, family professionals, and Conscious Contracts® practitioners call a "conscious uncoupling" based on a collaborative model to dispute resolution and a wholistic approach to the law. The concept is rooted in how couples can decide to end relationships amicably through interest-based conversations and negotiation using self-reflection, mutual respect, and emotional intelligence while also recognizing the needs of the children involved to resolve their disputes and come up with a plan to move forward without having to go to court.


As experienced family law lawyers and mediators, we will listen carefully to learn all about the relationships that matter most to you, including your children. Our team will work together to advance your interests and the children's best interests.


Exceptional advocacy

where maintaining good relationships matter.


To learn more about our unique and innovative approach to family law

and the variety of areas that we can assist you and your family, please click on the hyperlink:





We are in this together, your family and ours.®TM 


You may have recently separated and are involved in a turbulent dispute over child custody and access. Perhaps you need assistance with a complex property division? Our experienced family law lawyers will be the effective legal support system that you require. At your time of need, you can trust our dedicated and responsive family law lawyers to provide timely and effective legal advice and representation. Our legal advocates will help you resolve your dispute and begin a new chapter in your life, whether that is negotiated dispute resolution without having to go to court, or as skilled litigators who will strategically advocate for your interests and your children's best interests in the family court.




Your separation does not have to be costly and emotionally draining.


We are going to let you in on an industry secret. Many family law lawyers are trained and skilled at creating further conflict in adversarial actions between spouses and families, which are not only costly financially and emotionally to you, but can also be damaging to your children. There are many reasons for this approach, but usually it boils down to making money for the firm as a first priority with the clients’ best interests coming second. 


Our approach is different: we put the best interests of our clients first and we promote dispute resolution – in and out of the court. We apply a strategic, methodical, and interest-based approach to conflict resolution. It is most important to our firm that we assist you in resolving your dispute favourably and at the earliest opportunity. Furthermore, we have the knowledge and experience in family court to often resolve your court case without the need for a costly trial. At Sherman Law LLP, we seek to move families forward toward healing, to provide our clients with a measure of security and stability in the midst of uncertainty, and to always advance children’s best interests.


Separation agreements and parenting plans based on mutual respect and fairness.


Separation agreements and parenting plans need not be adversarial. We know that you can draft your agreements based on mutual respect and fairness; it is all in the approach and the plan you create. We help you create the right plan at the earliest opportunity to settle your disputes on favourable terms. Together, we will develop a strategy and decide the correct approach to move forward with your case. We have assisted hundreds of clients in drafting separation agreements that accomplished their goals without the need to ever have to go to court. We frequently have our clients work with a family professional to prepare parenting plans especially in collaborative and out-of-court negotiations.


At Sherman Law LLP, we are committed to finding the best solutions for you and your family. The difference between ineffective family law lawyers and the family law lawyers at our firm is our ability to use a variety of creative legal strategies to resolve conflict. That's why we make use of negotiationcollaborative divorce and family law, and mediation to resolve your dispute out of court.



Family law for the modern family. Because your family is unique.


We practise family law for every kind of modern family including blended families and same-sex couples. Everyone is welcome at our firm. We provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for you to share your concerns and intimate parts of your life. We represent clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, such as negotiations,  mediations, arbitrations and collaborative divorce and family law. We also assist clients at trial or on appeal, if court involvement becomes necessary.


Research shows that couples who choose to avoid the courts and use ADR processes are able to resolve their disputes quicker and with lower legal fees than the traditional litigation and court process. Our role as a trusted legal advisor is to not only ensure clients understand the law and options available to them, but also as a healing profession where they have the resources and tools that they need to heal from the separation in a healthy and productive way.


Because no two families are the same, we apply an individualized and creative approach to our clients’ separation and divorce. We understand that every case and every family is unique, and we are ready to put our breadth of experience and knowledge at your service.


Family law lawyers must be adaptable to process and strategy. If we find that our recommendations are not working for your family, we will adapt our approach or bring in a third party or expert for assistance in continuing to move you forward through the separation process towards resolution.



Our initial consultations in family law are helpful and informative.


We offer a one-hour paid comprehensive initial family law consultation for you to meet in person or by Zoom video conference with an experienced family law lawyer from our firm. We spend time getting to know you, and you can discuss your concerns, objectives, interests, uncertainties and emotions. And we will listen. Then we provide you with information and worksheets that you need. We know that clients come to us for good advice, and that is exactly what we will offer based on our years of experience in helping others in similar situations.


During your consultation, we will provide you with a clear understanding of your legal rights and obligations, so that you can move forward from your separation with confidence that you are making the best possible decisions for you and your family. But that is only one part of the process. We believe that each client must also examine their relationship with their spouse and their children, and their interests, goals, and beliefs. The insight provided by these advanced methods of understanding allows for creative and collaborative problem solving.


At the end of your consultation, you will know where you legally stand,  have discussed your interests and goals, and feel confident that you have all of the information you require to make an informed decision that we are the right law firm for you. ​Most importantly, you will have the confidence that our team has the experience to achieve favourable results on your behalf, and solutions that are best for your family. 





Do you want to learn more about family law?


For over 40 years, clients have trusted in our ability to explain more than simply their legal rights and obligations in a separation or a divorce. We focus on sustainable collaboration that leads to creative solutions and consensual dispute resolution. There are few family law problems that we have not previously assisted clients in resolving. We are confident that you will appreciate our professionalism and personalized service. To benefit from our knowledge and experience with respect to family law, as part of your separation or divorce, please contact 519-884-0034 or send us an email. Many of our clients are referred to us by former and current clients, as well as by lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors. We serve clients in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, Hamilton, London and surrounding areas.



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Aubrey J.  Sherman

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