Jennifer Samara Shuber

Jennifer Samara Shuber
Gelman & Associates
ADR, Family, Mediation

Jennifer Samara Shuber is a lawyer with Gelman & Associates, who focuses her family law practice on mediation and all matters arising from separation, divorce and child-related issues.

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, and support.

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 Posts

Mediation can bring calm to high-conflict divorce settlements

An acrimonious divorce settlement does not have to end with winners and losers, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Jennifer Samara Shuber. Read more

Is an engagement ring a conditional gift?

Whether or not a jilted fiancé is legally required to return the engagement ring is “really not a settled issue” in Ontario, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Shuber tells the Toronto Star . Read more

Shuber joins Gelman & Associates

Toronto family lawyer and mediator Jennifer Shuber has joined the Toronto office of Gelman & Associates. Read more

Formalize joint property purchases to avoid future conflict

It's not "unromantic" to establish terms and conditions for the acquisition of property that a couple purchases jointly, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber tells Read more

Monetary gifts can't become loans just because the marriage is over

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision highlights the importance of detailing on paper any significant financial transactions with family members, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber tells Read more

Confidentiality, creativity of mediation helpful in wealthy divorces

In high-net-worth divorces where equalization and support can be more complex, parties may want to enter into more creative and flexible solutions through mediation, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber tells Read more

Family home is an emotional asset in a volatile market

Splitting the matrimonial home upon separation is an emotional task at the best of times but can be downright dreadful in today’s real estate landscape, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber tells . Read more

The 'ethical conundrum' of embryo ownership

Issues around who gets an embryo in a divorce are only going to become more prevalent, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber tells . Read more

Why I mediate: Shuber

By Jennifer Samara Shuber . People often ask me why I believe in mediation. Why I mediate. I believe in mediation because, in many cases, it is a superior process to litigation and results in better outcomes for individuals and families. Read more

Let me do the heavy lifting

By Jennifer Samara Shuber . On Thursday I embark on a residential move. I am staying in mid-town Toronto – this isn’t a cross-country or cross-continent endeavour. I am moving to a wonderful bungalow. It is in a lovely neighbourhood just to the west of where I am now. Read more

Pets still property under the law, despite vocal opposition

While the approach may be out of date, the law still treats animals as property, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber tells Read more

What is a divorce coach?

By Jennifer Samara Shuber . Divorce coaches are a relatively new phenomenon in the divorce/separation universe. Coaches have been used with much success in other areas to assist individuals in achieving professional and personal goals. There are career coaches, executive coaches, marketing coaches, life coaches, leadership coaches… the list goes on. If you are going through separation and/or divorce, you might want to consider what a divorce coach can do for you. Read more

Why you should consider a marriage contract

By Jennifer Samara Shuber . Couples might be hesitant about entering marriage contracts out of fear that a contract pre-supposes the demise of a relationship. I prefer to look at marriage contracts as a way of getting your financial house in order before you begin a new phase of life. Domestic contracts are akin to a life insurance policy or a will — sensible wealth management and planning tools that deal with future possibilities and permit you to structure your affairs as you see fit. Read more

Survey shows people not fully aware of legal implications of marriage

A new survey on attitudes about marriage suggests Canadians may need more education about its legal implications, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber tells Read more

Update on proposed Divorce Act amendments

By Jennifer Samara Shuber . On May 22, 2018, the federal Minister of Justice introduced Bill C-78, a bill that proposes to amend, among other legislation, the Divorce Act ; Canada’s federal family law statute governing divorce, separation and parenting. The amendments are designed to respond to the public (and the legal profession’s) desire for the law to better reflect the realities of Canadian family life. Read more