Carolyn is someone who likes to live life to the fullest and maybe occasionally a little dangerously… well, at least in terms of food. You can challenge her to eat just about anything. An avid world traveller, Carolyn has climbed Mount Fuji in Japan and has an extensive travel wish list that currently has Ethiopia and Vietnam at the top. As if all of that doesn’t make her interesting enough, she loves hot yoga classes (she’s actually a certified yoga instructor!) and team sports like basketball and ultimate Frisbee.
Carolyn graduated from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in 2003 with a B.Comm. in Marketing. Then, she got her LL.L. (Civil Law) in 2007 and her LL.B. (Common Law) in 2008 from the National Program at the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009. But she hasn’t been interested in resting on her laurels. Two law degrees weren’t enough for her. She also graduated from Osgoode Hall, York University in 2012 with an LL.M. in Family Law. When Carolyn recognized her interest in the financial aspects of family law, she earned her designation in 2017 as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ®. She goes the “extra mile” by analyzing the financial data to strengthen her clients’ cases with the goal of assisting her clients in not only reaching financial settlements but in reaching financial settlements that consider both the short-term and long-term financial impact.
We wondered what she would be up to next, and now she has added “Accredited Family Mediator” and “Family Law Arbitrator” to the list! Carolyn earned a Certificate in Family Mediation through York University and is an accredited Family Mediator through the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). Carolyn is committed to assisting people by skillfully and safely guiding them to reach their own settlements through the mediation process. Carolyn also offers arbitration services for those who wish to have a private decision-maker resolve their family law issues for them with a binding arbitral award. This allows the Parties to have some control over the timing of the process while maintaining their privacy and keeping their matter out of the public forum that is the Court process. She offers in-person, video mediation and arbitration services.
Carolyn has also been involved in the community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Family Lawyers Association; as the Member Relations Chair of the Board of Advisors for FemCity Toronto of Femfessionals LLC; as a member of the Board of Directors for the fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company; and as a member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (where she was not only a member of the Board of Directors from 2009-2013, but also Co-Chaired the 2010 and 2012 FACL Conferences). Carolyn has also held the position of Vice President of Programs for the North American Association of Asian Professionals (NAAAP) for the past several years.
Working with diverse clients is one of the things Carolyn enjoys most about her work in family law. She especially enjoys helping clients with issues involving culture and diversity, as well as LGBT issues. She considers herself the voice of her clients in a complicated court system, so she is an advocate you can count on.
Pastran v. McDonough, 2017 ONCJ 806 – An application by a mother to have her surname added to her child’s name, hyphenating the child’s surname.
Duman v. Duman, 2017 ONCJ 629 – An application by a father requesting an order declaring that his child’s habitual residence was in Ontario and as such the Ontario Court of Justice had jurisdiction to make orders in relation to the child.
Kim v. Kim, 2012 ONSC 4514 – A mobility dispute between parents of a young child, in which the father sought an order directing that the child reside primarily with him after the mother moved to a town approximately an hour away.