Cheryl Suann Williams

Cheryl Suann Williams
Williams Family Lawyers
Founder, Principal

Cheryl Williams, founder and principal of Williams Family Lawyers in Markham, Ont., focuses on family law.

Ms. Williams graduated with both her Bachelor of Laws in 1998 and her Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2017 from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000.

She handles matters involving child custody and access, child and spousal support, financial matters, and division of property, assists with marriage and cohabitation agreements as well as divorce and separation cases using collaborative law, mediation, arbitration, and court trials.

Ms. Williams is a certified collaborative law practitioner and received mediation training with Riverdale Mediation. When needed, Ms. Williams and her team use outside professionals in custody and access issues and to conduct forensic asset tracking and income analysis.

During her legal career, Ms. Williams has worked with three family law lawyers who were subsequently appointed as judges of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court Branch.

Ms. Williams mentors students and lawyers and provides free seminars to the general public on family law issues. She has written for the bar admission course section on divorce law and has contributed to family law publications.

She has also written and presented for the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, as well as community organizations.

Ms. Williams is a member of the family law executive of the Ontario Bar Association and is a member of the York Collaborative Law Practice and Collaborative Practice Toronto, as well as the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Black Female Lawyers Network, and the York and Durham Law Associations.

Cheryl Suann Williams Posts

Determining date of separation can be complex: Williams

The date of separation is a frequently contested issue in divorce, and it isn’t always as cut-and-dried as couples expect, says Markham family lawyer Cheryl Suann Williams. Read more

Justify departures from spousal support guidelines: OCA

A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal reaffirms the idea that Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAGs) must be the framework for determining and amending support payments, Markham family lawyer Cheryl Suann Williams tells . Read more

Cohabitation agreements can protect couples in their golden years

Even divorced baby boomers can be somewhat naïve about love and marriage, and many remain in deni... Read more

Decision underscores that legal proceedings can’t be ignored

The Superior Court of Ontario was correct when it recently refused to rescind a divorce because the ex-wife didn't know the proceeding occurred months earlier, Markham family lawyer Cheryl Suann Williams tells . Read more

No shark zone: defusing high-conflict family law cases

Multi-team and collaborative approaches are often the best way to resolve family law disputes, even high-conflict divorces, Markham family lawyer Cheryl Suann Williams tells Read more

Child’s voice helpful in setting parenting schedules

Listening to a child’s perspective can help parents come to reasonable scheduling arrangements that meet the needs of all parties without resorting to costly full-fledged assessments, says Markham family lawyer Cheryl Suann Williams. Read more

Resolution the focus for family lawyer Williams

Markham family law lawyer Cheryl Suann Williams ' clients are able to bank on her experience resolving many high-conflict, complicated cases and rely on her opinion when it comes to the merits of the case. Read more

Best path forward: a practical approach to high conflict

A lawyer’s job often involves finding a resolution for parties who can’t agree, Markham family law lawyer Cheryl Suann Williams writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more