Founder of Forward Family Law
Lawyer, mediator, and collaborative counsel
After more than a decade of working with families, Tamara understands that most people dealing with family law issues want a practical way forward that actually addresses what really matters to them. Tamara helps her clients get to where they want to go with creative problem-solving and and a forward-thinking approach. Tamara is also a guest speaker and educator on various topics related to family law, access to justice, and trauma-informed practice. Tamara is a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. She is also an effective advocate in family law litigation, however Tamara is selective in taking on litigation files, typically using the court process as a last resort.
Student-at-law, mediator & social worker
Joanne comes from an accomplished career as a Federal Government executive and a registered social worker. She teaches social work at Carleton University on a part-time basis. The richness of this prior experience gives Joanne a unique set of skills that is particularly suited to family law. As a trained mediator, Joanne can help family members make arrangements for parenting, property, child and spousal support, working with individuals to help them resolve conflict with former partners. Joanne is a regular presenter of the Mandatory Information Program for family law litigants through the Ottawa court and is an experienced speaker and educator on topics related to child development, trauma, and conflict resolution.
Amanda holds dual law degrees in both civil law and common law from Sherbrooke University, as well as a Masters in Law. She articled at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Upon returning to Canada, Amanda began her career in private practice at a full-service law firm in Quebec, where she discovered her passion for family law. Amanda brings professionalism, warmth and compassion to her work. Amanda offers services in French and English.
Senior law clerk, intake coordinator and commissioner of oaths
Venassa is an integral member of our team. She is knowledgeable and approachable. She keeps the ship running smoothly. When you phone us, you are more likely to reach Venassa's friendly voice than voicemail. As our intake coordinator, Venassa, is your first point of contact to get information about our intake process and to help you arrange your initial consult.
What people are saying about us...
"Tamara is a determined and compassionate advocate who applies legal expertise with warmth, professionalism and common sense.
She is the person you want on your side of the table."
- Lindsay N.
"I retained Tamara to handle my divorce. She was very professional and empathetic. She took the time to explain the process in great detail. Her research and knowledge is second to none. She provided exceptional advice, support and guidance every step of the way. If you are facing a family law matter I highly recommend Tamara."
- Nancy N.
"Tamara is a very confident, organized, understanding and fair lawyer! She was amazing at breaking things down and helping me understand all the steps that were required for my divorce. In a very difficult situation, I knew she had my back."
- Stephanie G.
"Tamara is a rare gem. A lawyer should have a keen intelligence, exceptional memory and ability to condense a mass of detail into a coherent narrative. Tamara has all these. But what really set her apart for me was her humanity. Tamara went well beyond "just the facts" and made an effort to know who I was, what mattered to me and to build my case on the whole person. I will always be deeply grateful for her for guiding me through such a difficult time."
"Getting divorced was the messiest, hardest thing I have ever had to do - but Tamara and her assistant Vanessa helped make it as painless as possible. Words cannot express my gratitude for these two. They are a dedicated, knowledgeable, hard working team that always made time to answer my questions and attend to all of the expected, unexpected and urgent legal matters that arose during this challenging case. Tamara is second to none. She expertly handled my separation with professionalism, compassion and skill. When communicating with others involved in the case, she applied a measured tone, incisive questions and mastery of the law. She always represented my best interest and dealt with all legal matters in a timely and practical manner. She conducted herself with integrity, kindness and poise as she navigated and eventually settled my difficult divorce. I truly appreciate her unwavering confidence, perseverance, understanding and problem solving. I highly recommend Tamara and her team. Retaining her was the best decision I could have made."
- Allison P.
"I worked with Tamara to get an updated Spousal Support agreement. She was friendly, polite, knowledgeable and also very good at getting to the heart of the negotiations and fully representing my position while respecting the other party. When push came to shove, she was amazing at using the facts very effectively. I enjoyed working with her, and highly recommend her as an excellent family law negotiator."
- Peter S.