Cathryn is certified with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation as an Accredited Family Mediator (Acc.FM) and a Child Protection Mediator (CP.Med). She is also a certified mediator with ADR Ontario (C.Med). She is a Certified Specialist in Family Mediation (FDRP.Med), and a Certified Specialist in Family Arbitration (FDRP.Arb), with the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario. In addition to her dispute resolution certifications, Cathryn is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) with the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts.
Cathryn is an active part of the Halton Family Law community, and is dedicated to ongoing training both on family law and alternative dispute resolution topics. She also trains prospective mediators.
Cathryn obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, and her law degree from the University of Western Ontario. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1996. She has worked in the employment sector and in family law.
Cathryn’s practice is restricted to mediation, arbitration, and representation of children through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.
By combining creative and positive communication techniques with her knowledge of the law and legal process, Cathryn helps parties solve their own problems and reach lasting agreements.
In addition, when specific expertise is required, Cathryn has a network of professionals to whom she can refer participants. Often by obtaining expert opinions or assistance, the parties are able to move forward productively.
Since being called to the bar in Ontario in 2016, Robina has practiced exclusively in the area of family law.
As a certified mediator and lawyer, Robina makes every effort to ensure her practice promotes peaceful resolution for separating families through facilitated negotiations and creative problem solving.
Robina obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology & Arts and Business (Co-operative Program) from the University of Waterloo and graduated on the Dean’s Honours List. She obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa and graduated cum laude.
Robina began her practice doing family law litigation at a full-service law firm with offices in Peel, Halton, and Caledon. During this time, Robina encouraged her clients to resolve their matters outside of court, whenever it was possible and appropriate to do so. Of course, there were times when the assistance of the Court was required. In these cases, Robina represented her clients at conferences, motions, and trials at both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.
Robina then transitioned to Legal Aid Ontario where she was one of the staff Family Law Duty Counsel at the courthouses in Barrie, Midland, and Orillia. In this role, she generally advised and represented several clients each day, at the Family Law Information Centre, in negotiations, and in court.
Robina is now an associate at Paul Family Law Professional Corporation where she advises and represents clients in the negotiation of cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, and separation agreements. She also offers unbundled services and legal coaching through limited scope retainers to individuals who would like the assistance of a lawyer on a task-by-task basis rather than a full scope retainer.
Robina is currently a certified mediator with the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) and practices as a family mediator at Paul Family Law Professional Corporation.
In order to become a certified mediator, she completed her Certificate in Family Mediation at York University. This program included training in Family Mediation, Family Relations, and Screening for Family Violence, Abuse, and Power Imbalances.
Robina completed her internship training with Cathryn Paul at Paul Family Law Professional Corporation both before and after joining the firm as an associate.
Robina coached mediators-in-training at the FDRIO Mediation Practicum Course, a program designed to help new mediators obtain some of their accreditation requirements.
In many ways, Robina’s background in law, psychology, dispute resolution and business make her uniquely suited to help families. Her education and professional experiences have shaped her existing practice into one that reflects who she is as a family law professional.
Robina is a member of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), Halton County Law Association (HCLA), Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO), and Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC).