MAK Family Law

Mary Anne Kril

Mary Anne Kril practises exclusively in family law emphasizing reasonable resolutions to the issues that arise on marriage breakdown. She has 25 years of practise experience and is also trained in collaborative law, mediation and arbitration.

About MAK

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Mary Anne Kril provides clients with a compassionate understanding of their family law issues, based on years of experience in negotiation, mediation and client representation in court.

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Associations and Experience

  • Member of the Halton County Law Association and former director
  • Formerly a member of the executive of the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association
  • Speaker at Continuing Legal Education Programs for the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Judicial Institute
  • Currently a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Superior Court of Ontario
  • Articled and practised commercial litigation and family law with a large multinational law firm

Education and Awards

  • Bachelor of Arts (honours) Queens University 1980 Gold Medallist in Sociology
  • Masters of Arts (Sociology) University of Toronto 1982
  • Bachelor of Laws University of Toronto 1985 Academic Awards in Family and Administrative Law
  • Treasurer’s Medal in the Bar Admission Course 1987 for achieving the highest standing in the Ontario Bar Admission Course
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987

Approach

  • Experienced Negotiator
  • Offers of Settlement and Separation Agreements
  • Experienced Advocate before the Courts
  • Trained Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Law Practitioner

Services

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For most people, the breakdown of a marriage is made more difficult by the uncertainty which it creates. Parties are often unaware of their legal entitlements or obligations. They may have little knowledge of the process options available for resolving the issues which arise on marriage breakdown. Most need assistance in navigating this unfamiliar territory and in reaching agreement on some or all of custody/parenting, child support, spousal support and equalization of property.

In our initial consultation, I will review with you the many process options now available. Together we will decide which of the process options seems to be the best "fit" for your family situation and desired outcome.

Mediation

Should you and your spouse agree to use the services of a mediator, I will provide you with a referral, assist you in the completion of your financial statement and act as your advisor or consultant through the mediation process. Once you have reached agreement on all issues, I will meet with you to review the draft Separation Agreement and make sure that you fully understand all of its terms.

Collaborative Law

You and your spouse may agree to commit to the collaborative law process. In that event, I will work together with you, your spouse and his or her collaborative lawyer through a series of meetings to exchange financial disclosure, generate options for resolution and draft the terms of a final Separation Agreement.

Negotiation

Neither of these two options may be well suited to your unique situation. In that event, conventional negotiations generally commence with an exchange of correspondence between counsel for each party. Negotiations follow after the exchange of financial disclosure and may involve the exchange of offers to settle or four way settlement meetings. Again, the goal is agreement on all issues and the documentation of that agreement in a final Separation Agreement.

Litigation

In some cases, you may have no option but to seek the assistance of the Court to resolve some or all of the issues arising from the breakdown of your marriage. In that case, I will draft the necessary documents and work with you to prepare your financial statement. I will attend all required conferences before the court with you and advocate for you in all court proceedings.

Generally, I will work with you to ensure that you successfully navigate this unfamiliar territory in a financially and emotionally cost effective manner.

  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Negotiation
  • Litigation
  • Marriage and Cohabitation Agreements
  • Divorce

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