Cathryn L. Paul

Lawyer, Mediator, Arbitrator

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I obtained my Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in 1991, and my law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1994.  I was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1996.

I have had an active family law practice in Oakville since 2004.  I have been mediating since 2007, establishing a pilot project for free family mediation at the Milton court house as part of my internship.  Since 2012, my practice has been exclusively family mediation, arbitration, and representation of children through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

I am an active part of the Halton Family Law community, and am dedicated to ongoing training both on family law and alternative dispute resolution topics. I train prospective mediators through an internship program.

I serve as a Director on the Board of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

I combine creative and positive communication techniques with my knowledge of family dynamics, financial issues, the law and legal process to help parties solve their own challenges and reach lasting agreements.


B.Comm., 1991, Queen’s University

LL.B., 1994, University of Western Ontario

Called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1996

Called to the Bar of the Law Society of British Columbia in 1997

Acc.F.M.(OAFM) 2009, Ontario Association for Family Mediation

CP.Med, 2010,  Ontario Association for Family Mediation (Child Protection Mediation designation)

C.Med, 2014, ADR Institute of Canada, (Chartered Mediator)

FDRP.Med, 2017, Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario

FDRP. Arb, 2018, Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario

CDFA, 2018, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts


Collaborative Family Law training
Family Law Arbitration – 40 hour course
Certificate in Family Mediation – included courses in
– Negotiation theory and practice
– Mediation theory
– Assessment screening for domestic violence and power imbalances
– Parenting plans
– Successful family transition – working with children and parents
– Court-based mediation
Child Protection mediation training
Ontario Collaborative Federation Conferences
Halton Family Law Seminar (annually)
Law Society of Upper Canada Family Law Summit (annually)
Office of the Children’s Lawyer training (twice each year)
Power Imbalances in Family Mediation and Arbitration
Practical Ethics for Working Mediators – ADRIO
AFCC Ontario Conferences, 2010, 2011, 2012
AFCC International annual conferences
2010 – Denver – Traversing the Trail of Alienation
2011 – Orlando – Research, Policy and Practice in Family Courts: What’s Gender got to do with it?
2012 – Chicago – Attachment, Brain Science and Children of Divorce
2013 – Los Angeles – Global Voices, Expanding Choices
2014 – Toronto – Navigating the Waters of Shared Parenting

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