Jennifer Samara Shuber

Jennifer Samara Shuber
Beard Winter LLP
ADR, Family, Mediation

Jennifer Samara Shuber, a lawyer with the Toronto firm Beard Winter LLP, focuses on family law.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1991, before earning her combined Bachelor of Laws and Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1995. Ms. Shuber was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.

Certified as a specialist in family law by the Law Society of Ontario and accredited as a mediator/arbitrator by the Ontario Association of Family Mediators, Ms. Shuber advises clients on all family law matters, including property, support, and child-related issues.

Representing both children and adults, Ms. Shuber has appeared at all Ontario levels of court, as well as in mediations and arbitrations. She has handled high-conflict cases, complex custody and access, and high-net-worth matters.

In addition to her legal work, Ms. Shuber lectures at the Faculties of Law and Social Work and in the combined J.D./M.S.W. Program at the University of Toronto.

She is involved in continuing education programs and speaks on various family law and mediation topics.

Ms. Shuber has authored and co-authored papers and articles on family law issues and blogs regularly for the

She is a member of the family law section of the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, Family Mediation Canada, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Ontario College of Social Workers.

Jennifer Samara Shuber In The News
Rare cost award granted against Office of the Children's Lawyer

Costs awards can be granted against the Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL)   in rare instances, Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber  tells  ... Read more

Is January divorce month?

By Jennifer Samara Shuber Happy New Year to everyone. I hope the holidays treated you well and you have survived the deep freeze. I spent a week at a cottage on the shores of ... Read more

Judge sanctions husband's misbehaviour with $1.4-million costs award

A $1.4-million costs award shows the danger of engaging in bad behaviour during litigation, Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber  tells ... Read more

Child's rights trump parent's in custody arrangements

The best interests of children should always come before parental custody rights, Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber  tells . ... Read more

Matrimonial home: special asset for married spouses

By Jennifer Samara Shuber Any property used by married spouses at the date of separation as a family home is a “matrimonial home” under the  Family Law Act . ... Read more

Family lawyers breathing easier after appeal court decision

Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber says she and her colleagues at the family law bar breathed a sigh of relief after the province’s top court overturned a ... Read more

What do we tell the kids? Talking about the breakup

By Jennifer Samara Shuber Many of the clients I see have not yet separated. They are having problems in their relationships and they consult with me to discuss their ... Read more

Successful constitutional challenge helps unmarried parents of disabled adults

A successful constitutional challenge means unmarried parents will be able to claim child support for their adult disabled children, says Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer ... Read more

Thinking about a marriage contract or cohab?

By Jennifer Samara Shuber There are many issues to consider when deciding whether to marry or move in with a partner. One of them is whether or not you want or need a ... Read more

Privacy damages on the rise in family law

Privacy claims are likely to become a more prominent feature in divorce cases, Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber  tells . In a ... Read more

Spouses must pay each other to get around tax law

Separating spouses who each want to claim dependent deductions on their tax returns may have to pay each other child support to get around outdated tax laws, says Toronto family ... Read more

Judge pegs man's income at $1.2 million after inadequate disclosure

Parties who make inadequate financial disclosure risk having an income level imputed to them by the court, says Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber . In a recent ... Read more

Top ten reasons why teaching is like practising family law

By Jennifer Samara Shuber Many of my friends are teachers and/or work with kids. Over the year, I listen to their stories about the children they teach: their antics, their ... Read more

Legal costs available for self-reps in family litigation

Legal costs for successful self-represented parties help cut out bad behaviour in court, says Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber . In a recent case , a judge ... Read more

Title trumps: the effect of placing a property in joint tenancy

By Jennifer Samara Shuber A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision has confirmed that placing a property in joint tenancy means sharing the property equally on ... Read more

Protecting gifts and inheritances in family law

By Jennifer Samara Shuber In Ontario, marriages are deemed to be a form of economic partnership. As such, at the end of the marriage, under Ontario law, the spouses have a ... Read more

Weak OCL reports damage the chances of settlement

Weak reports by the Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL)   may reduce the chances of out-of-court settlements in heated custody battles, says Toronto family lawyer Jennifer ... Read more

Judge says treat high conflict parents like children

By Jennifer Samara Shuber In an earlier blog post, I made reference to a November 2016 decision of the Honourable Mr. Justice Alex Pazaratz and his denunciation of the ... Read more

Stopping cellphone videoing in custody cases

By Jennifer Samara Shuber Cellphone videos and photos have become an epidemic in family law cases. Almost every client who comes in the door wants to show me a video of ... Read more

Mediation best option for grandparent access matters

New legislation that amends two sections of the  Children’s Law Reform Act  to specifically include grandparents may lead to an increase in cases before the courts ... Read more

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