Sharon Silbert

Sharon Silbert
Sharon B. Silbert Professional Corporation
Principal
Family

St. Catharines family lawyer and mediator Sharon Silbert focuses her practice on handling her clients’ issues with minimal court involvement.

Ms. Silbert obtained her Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law after completing undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia and McMaster University.

A qualified collaborative family lawyer, Ms. Silbert is accredited as a family mediator by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and is a member of the roster of family mediators for the Centre for Family Mediation providing court-connected mediation services at the St. Catharines family court.

A presenter in the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Mandatory Information Program for family law proceedings, Ms. Silbert has been a contributing editor for various titles of the legal encyclopedia Halsbury’s Laws of Canada.

She is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, the ADR Institute of Ontario, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Lincoln County Law Association and the Hamilton Law Association.

Sharon Silbert In The News
Disclose support obligations when mortgage shopping: Silbert

This is the final instalment in a three-part series on the intersection of family law and real estate law. In this post,   St. Catharines family lawyer Sharon Silbert ... Read more

SCC ruling on child abduction of global interest

For the first time in more than two decades, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently heard an appeal on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child ... Read more

Before selling the marital home, get a separation agreement

Part 2 of a three-part series on the intersection of family law and real estate law,   St. Catharines family lawyer Sharon Silbert explores the subject of ... Read more

Exercise caution when buying new home after separating

This is Part 1 in a three-part series on the intersection of family law and real estate law. In this  instalment ,  St.  Catharines family lawyer  ... Read more

Biological parentage does not always determine support

A  recent ruling  that deemed a claim for child support against a non-biological father as unfair and inappropriate was surprising given the early involvement the man ... Read more

Sperm donor or father? Questions remain after Ontario enacts Bill 28

An ongoing case before the Ontario courts could be one of the first major tests of a new provincial law that protects sperm donors with no intent to parent from paying child ... Read more

Marital status should not affect parental obligations: Silbert

It’s surprising the issue giving rise to a recent constitutional challenge to align federal and provincial laws on the eligibility of disabled adult children for child ... Read more

Five tips for finding a family lawyer that is the right fit

By Sharon Silbert With hundreds of lawyers serving the residents of Niagara, selecting someone to help you navigate your legal matters can feel like an overwhelming task. ... Read more

Steps to Justice website a great resource for family law clients: Silbert

A new website the provides people with simple legal information gathered from reputable sources in the Ontario justice sector will help those going through separation and ... Read more

Best to avoid overcomplicating tasks early in law career

Associates often face a myriad of expectations, responsibilities and challenges in their practices, which may lead some new lawyers to make matters more complicated than they need ... Read more

Grandparents' rights bill likely to have little impact

New Ontario legislation that aims to extend rights to grandparents in custody and access cases likely won’t make much difference in practical terms, says St. Catharines ... Read more

Gender-neutral terms, posthumous conception covered in new Act

The gender-neutral terminology enshrined in the new  All Families are Equal Act recognizes the diversity of modern families, says St. Catharines family lawyer  Sharon ... Read more

Make sure marriage contracts reflect reality

Couples with cohabitation agreements or marriage contracts should ensure the intent of the contract reflects reality to avoid potentially messy situations in the event of a ... Read more

Online support tool best serves primary custody arrangements

Ontario’s new  online tool  that allows families to set up enforceable child support arrangements or update court orders for child support uses modern ... Read more

Ontario moving toward greater equality for same-sex parents

The Ontario Liberal government’s pledge to give same-sex couples legal status as parents is a recognition that all families deserve equal treatment, says St. Catharines ... Read more

Child tax benefits can be point of conflict for separating parents

Understanding the tax implications of varying custody arrangements shouldn’t be overlooked for couples going through a separation, says St. Catharines family lawyer and ... Read more

New tool to allow child support orders to be updated online

A pilot project that is expected to allow parents in select Ontario cities to update court orders for child support online will go a long way to streamlining legal services for ... Read more

Solo practitioners must pay attention to practice's growing needs

Recognizing the need to grow the administrative side of a practice is all part of running and managing a successful firm, St. Catharines family lawyer and mediator  Sharon ... Read more

Keep kids out of conflict during separation

The higher conflict the divorce, the more likely it is that children will be impacted negatively through mixed messaging, questions of loyalty and trust issues, says St. ... Read more

Dispute resolution methods can be traditional or collaborative

While the majority of family law cases end up settling before the trial stage , many couples still begin the separation process without an understanding of how to most ... Read more

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