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In advocating for her clients' best interests, Kristin balances a results-driven approach with empathy for the emotional and financial strains that separation and divorce can have on individuals and families. Through focus and foresight, she develops advanced negotiation, arbitration, and litigation strategies to achieve creative solutions, effective settlements, and optimal resolutions.

As a partner at Epstein Cole, Kristin’s practice encompasses all areas of family law, including negotiating and drafting marriage contracts and adoptions. She represents clients in court and in all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is also trained in Collaborative Family Law (Levels 1 and 2).

Committed to mentorship and professional development within Epstein Cole and the broader legal community, Kristin is the firm's Associate Partner, managing the Associate Development Program and overseeing the firm’s internal and external Continuing Legal Education.

She has authored and researched various academic papers on family law issues including pensions, marriage contracts, the tax implications of divorce, support for adult children, parenting plans for young children, parental alienation, income and property issues for self-employed parties, Support and Divorcemate calculations, and property division. Kristin has co-authored a chapter in a textbook on property rights and obligations under the Family Law Act and been published in Money and Family Law Quarterly. In addition, Kristin has previously taught the Family Law section of a Bar Admissions Preparation Course through the University of Toronto.

Kristin prides herself on providing clients with exceptional legal representation as well as compassionate guidance and support. You can rely on her to easily understand the complexities of your life and to anticipate your needs throughout the difficult process of adjusting to your new reality.

Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Family Law

Speaking Engagements & Lectures

  • The Virtual Mentor: Recalibrate and Reconnect/OBA (2020)
  • Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Child and Spousal Support /Osgoode Professional Development (2019)
  • Self employed parties property and income challenges/York Region Lawyers Association and OBA (2018)
  • Six Minute The Lawyer/LSO (2016)

Professional Involvement

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • York Region Lawyers Association
  • Toronto Family Lawyers Assosication
  • The Advocates' Society

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Students Canada
  • Volunteer Luke's Place Pro Bono project

Education, Admissions & Designations

  • Called to the Bar of Ontario (2004)
  • LL.B from Queen’s University, Faculty of Law (2003)
  • B.A. (Political Science) from Queen’s University (2000)