Helen Sterling

Helen is the founder and managing partner of Sterling Law. She was called to the bar in 1992 and has practised, primarily in all areas of Family Law and in Estates Law since then. She is a graduate of Queen’s University in Ontario and the University of Notre Dame in the United States. Helen has a diverse clientele, both ethnically and geographically, she is a Barrister, Solicitor and Attorney who understands the necessity for many to resolve their disputes through negotiations, mediation and collaborative processes.

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Can I Travel Out of Canada with My Kids After Separation or Divorce?

Traveling with your children for vacation or visiting relatives is a core part of their childhood memories. Trips out of Canada with your kids after a separation or divorce can be complex but understanding the rules and steps can make the process smoother.  The most important preparation for traveling abroad is obtaining consent from the …

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How Do Child Custody and Visitation Rights Work For Unmarried Fathers in Ontario

From infancy to adulthood, a healthy relationship between both the mother and father is necessary to ensure the well-being of your child. Canada’s (and Ontario’s) legal system recognizes the importance of both parents’ presence in a child’s life.  This fact is even recognized by the Children’s Law Reform Act of Ontario. An unmarried father must …

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Should I Include A “No-Cheating” Clause In My Prenup?

Prenuptial agreements, or prenups, often conjure images of wealthy couples protecting their assets. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have made many headlines because of their prenups.  A prenup goes beyond just financial security. One controversial addition to prenups is the “no-cheating” or infidelity clause. …

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What Are The First Steps To Take When Your Spouse Asks For A Divorce?

Hearing the words, “I want a divorce,” from your spouse can be one of the most unsettling experiences in life. Shock, disbelief, and a flood of emotions may overwhelm you. It doesn’t mean that the divorce will happen. Sometimes, your partner might not be sure about their decision, so reconciliation is possible. However, you must …

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How Long Does A Divorce Take In Ontario If One Party Doesn’t Agree?

If you’re considering a divorce, you must know that it is a complex and emotionally taxing process, especially when one party doesn’t agree. In Ontario, the timeline for such divorces varies based on the level of cooperation between the parties, the complexity of the issues, and the court’s schedule.  If both parties are cooperative, divorce …

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How To Apply For Grandparents’ Rights In Ontario?

In Ontario, grandparents don’t have special rights but they can seek access rights to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren. Access rights can include regular visits, phone calls, or even virtual communication. The court will decide on the basis of the existing relationship between the grandparents and the child, the child’s preferences (if they are …

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