Stephen Durbin and Associates is the leading family law firm in Hamilton, having provided excellent service for decades to local residents. We pride ourselves on our commitment to customer satisfaction, efficient resolutions, and saving our clients time and money during their divorces.


Divorces can be one of the most painful experiences anyone will go through in their lives. From dividing assets to determining custody, divorces can take months or even years to complete if they are dragged through the courts. Stephen Durbin and Associates has a standing policy to keep as many of our divorce cases out of the courts as possible, as going to court can cost tens of thousands of dollars for our clients. Our team of legal experts is dedicated to finding an equitable solution to any divorce issue that can be resolved through negotiation, mediation or arbitration. We are highly experienced in dealing with thousands of divorce cases just like yours, and have achieved incredible outcomes for all of our clients in Hamilton.

Even if you and your ex-spouse are able to split everything by yourselves without legal help, you should still consult with an experienced divorce lawyer to ensure that you have covered all your bases. Our team has been hand selected to offer only the best legal advice to all of our clients, and will go over your entire case to make sure your future is secure. If you require more advanced legal assistance during your case, our Hamilton divorce lawyers are always on hand to help assess your options, provide their expert opinions, and negotiate on your behalf to win you what you deserve.

Even the most bitter of divorces is better left outside of the courts than dragging on for months and costing a fortune for both parties. At Stephen Durbin and Associates, we analyse every opportunity to save our clients time and money, and advise on places to compromise and when to fight for what you deserve. By enabling open communication and legal expertise, we are able to achieve amazing outcomes for our clients.

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Child custody can be the hardest element of any divorce to finalize due to the very emotional and intimate nature of the problem. In some cases, custody will be mutually agreed upon by the parents, or will be enforced by the court. However, many cases will require some negotiation or to be heard by a judge. Our Hamilton custody lawyers always make it a top priority to keep your custody case out of a courthouse so you can save months and thousands of dollars. Our team is highly experienced in settling custody cases of all complexities, and we will do everything we can to get you your desired outcome.

Even if you have an ironclad marriage contract, child custody is one of the few things that cannot be predetermined in a divorce. Ontario has clear laws surrounding parental access to children, and expert legal advice is often needed to ensure you are not being taken advantage of. Stephen Durbin and Associates has decades of experience negotiating and winning custody cases from all over the Greater Toronto Area. We approach every case with a sense of human compassion and understanding that any case involving children deserves. We do everything we can to minimise the emotional impact your divorce will have on your children, so they can begin the healing process and grow from the experience.


When you come to Stephen Durbin and Associates, you are getting a complete team of legal experts all dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

For over three decades, Stephen Durbin has been practicing family law in the GTA, specialising in divorces and custody arrangements. When he founded Stephen Durbin and Associates, he wanted to build a family law firm that put the needs of the client ahead of profits. The team has been specially chosen to include lawyers with outstanding experience in all areas of Ontario family law and excellent records for achieving client satisfaction. Our team collaborates on every client we receive so you can rest assured you will be getting the full wealth of knowledge at our disposal applied to your case.

Laws can be updated frequently and options that were once viable can no longer be available in a short period of time. Our team of legal experts ensure they stay informed about all the latest news in the Ontario family law space to provide our clients with the best information and most up to date legal recommendations.

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Many law firms practice all kinds of law, from criminal law to property law. Stephen Durbin only practices Ontario family law, which means our decades of experience are exclusively within this field. This allows us provide the best divorce and custody legal advice in Hamilton, from complex asset division to determining child access rights. Our Hamilton family lawyers are passionate about finding a quick resolution to every case, as they understand time is money and the faster you can get on with living your life the better.

Client privacy and comfort is also paramount to Stephen Durbin and Associates. We ensure every meeting is completely confidential, with all of your personal information completely secured and your privacy respected above all else. When you trust our team of legal experts, you can rest assured your case will be dealt with professionally and compassionately.

When it comes to protecting yourself and your children during a divorce, you need the best legal representation in Hamilton. Contact us today and see what we can do for you.

What our clients say

really appreciate all the hard work

Stephen and his team helped my parents settle their divorce ammicably after 20 years of separation! I am glad I didn’t have to mediate or take sides – really appreciate all the hard work that was put into my family’s situation and that we can all put it behind us.

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I needed this team

If you are looking for top-quality representation – then Stephen Durbin & Associates is right where you need to be. From day one they gave me peace of mind during a very difficult time in my life. When I had met briefly with Stephen during my consultation, I was told that I could trust them to take care of me with my family law matter. Nazifa Islam and her team – Hope and Chyvonne – were extremely professional, efficient, and completely transparent throughout the entire process. I needed someone attentive. I needed someone to advocate for me and my son. I needed this team – and they exceeded my expectations! They went above and beyond for me and not once made me feel like I was just another “File Number” to them. They were always available when I had questions or concerns, and truly made me feel at ease. Nazifa was brilliant and very knowledgeable; I was lucky to have her by my side. She advised me through my separation agreement, always pursuing not just what I wanted but what was in the best interests of me and my son. The outcome was in my favour. Stephen Durbin & Associates gave me a voice when I felt silenced. Worth every single dime!! I highly recommend

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What a difference

What a difference an experienced lawyer does make. With Stephen, It was a legal experience, but it was also therapeutic in some ways because he seemed to know exactly what I was going through and his confidence gave me confidence through the process. Can’t thank him enough. It’s great to move on.

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My go-to lawyer

Stephen is my go-to lawyer during difficult times. His knowledge, wisdom, and expertise is simply unparalleled. He puts you right at ease and knows exactly how to handle any situation. Thank you for all your help.

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