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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?
Anderson Adams Lawyers
Credentials & Experience


Collaborative Family Law Skills Level II

Family Mediation Skills Training 40 Hour Training

Collaborative Family Law Process Level I

Doctor of Juridical Science University of Toronto

Master of Laws University of Toronto

Bachelor of Laws University of Toronto

Master of Arts University of Toronto

Bachelor of Arts University of Toronto



The Collaborative Advtange

Ellen Anderson


Ellen Anderson believes that for most couples who are separating, the collaborative team approach is the best option. Of course it’s always the clients and the situation itself that will determine the choice of divorce process.

Ellen does practise family law through the courts, negotiation, and with the help of mediators. However, when the collaborative team approach is possible, collaboration can provide clients with the best possible return for their investment in legal costs. That is because through collaboration clients make their own decisions about what is fair for themselves and for their children at the time of separation. Collaboration also teaches clients skills to manage changes as they move forward with their new restructured family. And the collaborative approach generally provides clients with the fastest, least expensive, most personal and most satisfying resolution of their family law situation.

Ellen took Level One and Two Collaborative Family Law Training in 2002. She was introduced to the Collaborative Team Approach in 2008, which adds the family therapist and the financial planner to support people going through separation. In 2011 she completed a 40 hour course in family mediation at the Barrie Mediation Centre. She is an active member of Collaborative Practice Simcoe County and has developed strong professional working relationships with other local collaborative practitioners.

It helps to bring some life experience to family law. Ellen went through an early marriage and divorce herself. She taught at Georgian College for 12 years, and with her husband and law partner has raised two children who are now adults. Ellen’s educational background includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, and bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in law. In addition to family law, she also handles other files including employment, property and estates litigation matters. The collaborative training helps with all of it.

Most people will never need a lawyer except to buy or sell a house and to prepare their wills. If you do experience the breakdown of a family
relationship, it is likely to be the biggest legal and emotional and financial transaction of your lifetime. You want to preserve all you can. That’s why it makes sense to get the support you and your children need from a collaboratively trained team of legal, emotional and financial experts.

— Ellen Anderson


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