International Family Law in Canada: IAFL Canadian Chapter

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Homepage of the Canadian Chapter of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

200x200_fitbox-maple.jpegWelcome to the homepage of the Canadian Chapter of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

The Canadian Chapter of the International Academy of Family Lawyers was founded in August 2004 when IAML membership in Canada included only 20 Fellows. Since then the Chapter has grown and now has over 50 Fellows including one Judicial Fellow, one Associate Fellow and one Non-Practising Fellow.

Our Fellows are peer reviewed and are all internationally practising specialist family lawyers whose main practice is in Canada.  We have Fellows in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.  Many of our Fellows actively participate in the International Academy and at the USA Chapter meetings.

Our Fellows' specialist areas include all aspects of family law including:

  • Divorce
  • Child Abduction (Hague Convention)
  • Child Custody
  • Same Sex Partnerships
  • Pre and Post - marital Agreements
  • Conflicts of law matters both in litigation and also in marital agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution including mediation/arbitration, cooperative law and collaborative law.


The Canadian Chapter of the IAFL meets once a year, usually at the USA Chapter meetings.  Next year the Canadian Chapter will be meeting at the Academy's USA and Canadian Chapter meeting in Nashville from 24th - 28th May 2017 but our Fellows will also be participating in the IAFL European Chapter and annual meetings.

Our priorities for the coming year are:

  • To keep abreast of international cases and legislative changes that impact on family law
  • To continue to expand our membership across Canada in keeping with the existing rigorous standards
  • To continue our active participation and development of our profile on behalf of Canadian Fellows both in the  USA Chapter and the European Chapter meetings.