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  • What happens to my pension? Cottage? Business?
  • How am I going to get through this?
  • When will I stop feeling sad? Ashamed?
  • How will we split everything?
  • How will we tell the children?
  • What will everyone think?
  • What about the kids?
  • Does it have to be a big court battle?
  • Do we have to sell the house?
  • How am I going to pay the bills?
Christie Cummings
Credentials & Experience


B.Soc.Sci. University of Ottawa 1998

M.A. University of Toronto 1999

LL.B. University of Toronto 2002

Collaborative Team Practice Training Levels I and II



The Collaborative Advtange

Jason Murphy


Jason practices family, civil and estate litigation with Christie/Cummings. He joined the firm in 2011 after practicing for several years at a large Toronto law firm. 

In his family litigation practice, Jason advises clients on resolving disputes about custody, access, child support, spousal support and the division of property and debt. While comfortable in court, Jason is also experienced in addressing family law issues through non-court-based methods such as the negotiation of separation agreements, mediation, arbitration and collaborative family practice. He also advises clients on the creation of co-habitation and marriage contracts, which set out in advance how couples will deal with a potential breakdown in their relationship.

In his civil litigation practice, Jason represents financial institutions, manufacturers, businesses and individuals in the resolution of complex commercial disputes. His areas of experience include product liability, breach of contract, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, enforcement of foreign judgments, insurance, employment, fraud, banking and franchise law. 

In his estate litigation practice, Jason assists clients with disputes pertaining to wills, powers of attorney, mental capacity and court-appointment of guardians of personal care and property. These areas often involve high emotion and complex family dynamics, so Jason takes an approach that is focused on preserving both rights and relationships.

Jason received his law degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2002. He also holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.

Outside of the office, Jason is an avid hiker, canoer, writer and dad. He fundraises for a number of causes including the University of Toronto Food Bank and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

The courts are no place for families in crisis.

Traditional divorce litigation is best described by the three “C’s”: high conflict, low control and major costs. Collaborative divorce deals with relationship breakdown in a far healthier way, giving separating couples the best chance to move on with their lives through a separation agreement that is client-made, child-focused and cost-effective.

Those are three “C’s” I’ll take over traditional divorce any day.

— Jason Murphy


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