Victoria Smith

Lawyer

Resolve Dispute Resolution
38 Howard Park Avenue, R4, Toronto, ON , M6R 0A7

I am a family lawyer with more than 30 years of experience.  12 years ago, after years of litigation, I confined my practice to settlement work - Collaborative Law (also called Collaborative Practice) and mediation.  I can help you resolve your divorce wisely, maintain important relationships, and move forward with your life. I start by listening, to understand you and what matters to you.  Your concerns and circumstances are unique.  I also appreciate that protecting children, emotional wellbeing and financial security are critically important to most people. I will ensure you have all the legal and financial information, and the support, you need to make the best possible decisions. When needed, I bring together Family and Financial Professionals, who are the best in their fields of expertise.  Family Professionals help to create parenting arrangements and help everyone move toward a timely resolution.  Financial Professionals help gather and understand financial information and choices cost-effectively. As a Collaborative Lawyer, I provide skillful and compassionate settlement advocacy that fosters a respectful process to create optimal results.  I bring a recognized capacity to negotiate creative settlements that satisfy client interests and goals, even when the dynamics are challenging and the issues complex.  While I work with a broad range of clients, my practice focuses on serving professionals, business owners and their spouses with high net worth or complex financial situations. As a mediator, I work with you and your partner, and your lawyers when appropriate, to create a safe, respectful environment to share information and interests, and guide you both to a mutually agreeable resolution. My passion and my life’s work is to help clients resolve conflict wisely and with dignity.  I have conducted hundreds of successful mediations and collaborative cases.  I am a leader in the development of Collaborative Practice in Ontario and Canada.  I am an internationally recognized trainer in the collaborative process, negotiation skills and settlement advocacy.  I am Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering at Osgoode Hall Law School.  I have co-authored one of the first books in Canada on Collaborative Family Law.  I have been interviewed on television, CBC and other radio networks, and in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star on the subject of divorce.  I co-created a video for collaborative professionals on conflict resolution advocacy for the IACP.  I am a former board member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Collaborative Practice Toronto.   Divorce is challenging but it doesn’t have to cause damage.  For more information and to explore whether I can help, please e-mail or call me directly at 416-767-1256, victoria@resolvedr.com


Victoria Smith

Resolve Dispute Resolution

38 Howard Park Avenue, R4, Toronto, ON , M6R 0A7

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