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While the approach may be out of date, the law still treats animals as property, Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber  tells .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

SCC, family law bar divided on habitual residence test

The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) split decision on a child’s habitual residence in Hague Convention matters reflects the divide in the bar on the issue, Toronto ... Read more

Such a law office: Shuber

By Jennifer Samara Shuber A friend stopped by my office this morning between meetings. I gave her a quick tour of the larger firm and also brought her to see my office. Her ... Read more

Family law tips for estate and trust practitioners: part 2

A little family law familiarity can go a long way for estate and trust practitioners, says Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber . Shuber, a lawyer with ... Read more

Family law tips for estate and trust practitioners: part 1

A little family law familiarity can go a long way for estate and trust practitioners, says Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber . Shuber,   a lawyer with ... Read more

Shuber judge at 2018 Walsh moot competition

Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber will be a judge at the fourth annual Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition. The competitive moot is presented ... Read more

Grey divorce

By Jennifer Samara Shuber Divorce does not discriminate. It happens in short marriages (the so-called “starter marriage”), in medium length marriages (eight to 20 ... Read more

Take care with reconciliation clauses in separation agreements

Reunited couples should pay close attention to the reconciliation clauses in their separation agreements to avoid being burned should they split a second time, Toronto family ... Read more

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

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