Livia was called to the bar in Ontario in 2013; she moved to the Simcoe County area in 2016 after articling in downtown Toronto and practicing in the GTA. Livia developed a passion for family law and quickly developed a reputation with all of her clients and the community for her empathetic and passionate nature.
Livia decided to specialize primarily in family law and joined Galbraith Family Law in 2017 to build her practice. Livia advocates for her clients passionately and forcefully, but prefers a collaborative approach wherever possible. She does not believe in argument for the sake of argument, but only as a means to resolving conflict within families.
Livia attended Queen’s Law School in Kingston, Ontario. She was awarded the Law Foundation of Ontario’s “Community Commitment Award” for extensive commitment to community service, as she was involved in many organizations where she assumed leadership roles. Livia spearheaded the Ontario Justice Education Network’s involvement in the Kingston high school community, forging an alliance with Probono Students’ Canada. Livia was also President of the Law & Public Policy Club at law school. Livia previously attended the University of Toronto (U of T) where she specialized in political science and was also involved in many community and student organizations, including student government.
Livia was a contributing author to the textbook on family law entitled “Vulnerable Persons: Protection and Remedies in Canada” and focused on the section on spousal violence. Livia has assisted both mothers and fathers with high conflict situations of spousal violence, intimidation and alienation against the children and finds it very rewarding when she reaches resolution.
Livia’s interest in negotiations led her to compete in the International Mediation Advocacy Competition moot while in law school, where she refined her skills in negotiations and mediation. Livia completed her training in Collaborative Family Law in Toronto.
In her off time, Livia enjoys spending time with family, including her young daughter, and has a passion for fitness.
Fact: You do not necessarily get half of his tools, or half of her jewellery, etc. The value of all assets and liabilities amassed during the marriage are accounted for by each of you and the person who has more net family property than the other pays half of the difference to the other spouse. The idea is that each person will share equally in the growth or loss from the marriage. There are certain rules applicable to certain assets, for example gifts and inheritances received during marriage are exempted from the calculation.
Fact: The children ought not be expected or asked to take sides or to be involved in adult issues. They need to know that each parent loves them and that they are free to love their parent without fear of repercussions from the other parent.
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