Family Law and Fertility Law
Bay Street experience with a private practice philosophy.
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Practicing family law since 1992, Shirley has litigated, mediated, and negotiated all manners of family law issues. With a university background in psychology and experience with corporate law, she offers a unique insight into the personal and emotional aspects of family law while providing a remarkable understanding of the business and financial challenges of separation or divorce.
Shirley’s family law practice focus is out-of-court settlement, using economic and efficient negotiations tailored to your specific situation, needs and priorities.
Since 1996, Shirley has worked with clinics, hospitals, intended parents, ova donors, sperm donors, gestational carriers and traditional surrogates. Shirley diligently crafts the required agreements and obtains the necessary parentage documents while conforming to the specific needs of her clients and the changing legal landscape.
Shirley provides the support needed during the emotional and exciting time of creating your family and will provide you with the information and guidance you need to make the right decisions at every step of the process.
About Shirley Levitan
Shirley is licensed to practice law in Ontario and New York State. After spending her initial years at a large Toronto Bay Street law firm in 1991, Shirley decided to help clients on a more personal level by opening up her private practice, Shirley Eve Levitan, Family and Fertility Law.
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Shirley is smart, knowledgeable, no-nonsense, warm and approachable
Shirley took on my family law case after my previous lawyer had become a Judge. It had been a complicated and challenging negotiation as my ex and his lawyer were trying to ensure that ‘no stone was left unturned’, even though there was nothing under those stones! Shirley negotiated the final agreement to my very great satisfaction. She ensured that I was regularly informed and that I understood all the issues, and how the facts of my particular case related to the law. Shirley is smart, knowledgeable, no-nonsense, warm and approachable. I was very pleased with the result and felt heard and well taken care of. I highly recommend Shirley, you will be in good hands with her.
SC, Family Law Client, Toronto, Ontario
Shirley listened to our needs
We are a gay male Italian couple, and enlisted Shirley’s help with our surrogacy and egg donation journey. From the beginning, Shirley was knowledgeable, compassionate and diligent. She was available on our timetable, and guided us through the many legal issues and complications. Shirley listened to our needs and concerns with sincerity and made us feel secure and heard. We are very happy with her assistance and can attest that you will be in very good hands with her.
GC and SP, Fertility Clients, Italy
Thank you for your guidance
I cannot thank Shirley enough for her guidance and wisdom through the negotiation of my separation agreement. There were indeed times I was ready to ‘throw my hands up’, dig my heels in, and take it all to Court. Shirley helped to ground me, and wisely advised that this would not be at all helpful; I would risk losing a lot going to court rather than negotiating-not to mention the high tab it would involve. When I felt down, she helped me to see the ‘silver lining’ and truly encouraged me to ‘hang in there’. In the end, I had an agreement that dealt with all the issues that were important to me, in a way that made sense to me. Thank you, Shirley!
HE, Family Law Client, Toronto
Shirley has gone above and beyond...
We are a same sex married couple from Australia, who are now blessed with two beautiful babies born in Ontario via egg donation and surrogacy. From the outset, Shirley was there to guide us every step of the way. She is knowledgeable, available and sincerely interested in helping her clients work through the maze of international surrogacy and fertility arrangements. She was the first person we met in Canada when we began our journey, and assisted us all the way through. Shirley also managed to organize the paper work so we were able to leave Canada and return home within record time after the birth! She has gone ‘beyond and above’ for us in so many ways. We are still in touch with her and our daughters continually hail ‘agoo’ in thanks to her! We highly recommend Shirley and can attest that you will be in excellent hands with her helping you
Happy fathers, AS and JC (and our lovely twins!), Fertility Law Clients, Australia
I highly recommend Shirley!
Shirley took on my case after my previous lawyer had become a Judge. It had been a very complicated and challenging negotiation as my ex and his lawyer were trying to ensure that ‘no stone was left unturned’, even though there was nothing under those stones! Shirley negotiated the agreement to my very great satisfaction. She ensured that I was regularly informed and that I understood all the issues, and how the facts of my particular case related to the law. Shirley is smart, knowledgeable, no-nonsense, warm and approachable. I was very pleased with the result and felt heard and well taken care of. I highly recommend Shirley; you will be in excellent hands with her. “
SC, Family Law Client, Toronto, Ontario
Shirley helped me get through a very rough time
I hired Shirley on the recommendation of a friend of mine. The separation was not an easy time for me, and I needed someone strong, who, at the same time, could support me with sincerity and empathy. I was not disappointed. Shirley guided me with patience and understanding through the maze of issues involved in my case (not simple), and negotiated an agreement directly with my ex (also not simple) until the end, when he got a lawyer to review it. Her knowledge, experience and patience, plus how she dealt with my ex, helped get me through this very tough time. I cannot thank her enough and have recommended her numerous times since.
CR, Family Law Client, Toronto
I obtained the agreement I wanted!
I thank Shirley for her guidance, knowledge, and wisdom in settlement negotiations of my separation agreement. It was a difficult time for me, and Shirley helped me every step of the way. She made sure I felt heard, and that my goals and fears were acknowledged. It was important to me to maintain a positive relationship with my ex-husband throughout, and Shirley ensured that happened. Her patience, warmth, and experience helped to keep me grounded and focussed. I obtained the agreement I wanted, and my ex and I continue to co-parent our children with respect. A huge relief is an understatement!
SE, Family Law Client, Toronto
Shirley made this difficult process easy
Shirley Levitan BSc., LLB is phenomenal to work with. Shirley was highly recommended by one of my long-time clients as I was recently going through a divorce. Shirley made this difficult process easy, clear and had it completed fairly quickly. She took the time to explain and guide me through the negotiations, while delivering on everything she had promised. I would recommend Shirley Levitan BSc., LLB to anyone going through a divorce, as she is very knowledgeable and truly works for the best interest of her clients. She not only makes a difficult situation easy but makes herself available to answer any questions or concerns one may have. Shirley, I can’t thank you enough for your help and alleviating a lot of stress from my divorce. Thank You
PS, Family Law Client, Toronto
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