Karen practices in all areas of family law. She has advocated on behalf of clients before the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice (Family Court), understanding that litigation is but one method of resolving a dispute. Her client-focused approach encompasses negotiated settlement and drafting separation agreements and marriage contracts, while aiming to keep the financial and emotional costs to her clients as low as possible.
Prior to joining Stephen Durbin & Associates Karen articled with the Family Responsibility Office, gaining insight into the complex area of child and spousal support enforcement in Ontario. She is thus able to assist clients navigating this system whether they are support payors or support recipients.
While studying for her Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto Karen volunteered with the Family Law Project, a pro bono courthouse project providing family law services to low income, self-represented Ontarians. She also volunteered at Advocates for Injured Workers, a legal aid clinic assisting injured workers with claims before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Prior to acquiring her law degree, Karen attended McGill University, obtaining a Baccalaureate of Arts with Great Distinction.
Karen joined our team in July 2014.
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.
Reviewer: George H
out of 5 stars
Stephen is my go-to attorney 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.
Reviewer: Nancy Chu
5 out of 5 stars
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.
Reviewer: Noah Parker
5 out of 5 stars