Family Law Lawyer, Katelyn Andersen, wants her clients to be empowered to make well-informed choices. Her philosophy is that a well-advised client is in the best position to make the important decisions that will impact their family for years to come. Katelyn understands that while separation and divorce are a legal event in the eyes of the justice system, from a human viewpoint, nothing is more personal than family.
Every family is unique, and Katelyn’s goal is to her assist clients to develop practical financial and parenting plans that are customized to their needs.
She has a keen sense of fairness and justice, and acts accordingly, on matters where conflict makes it necessary for a judge to decide the issues. Katelyn aims to demystify what can sometimes feel like a complicated and alienating process, in order to produce results that are cost-effective, client-focused, and supportive of any child(ren)’s best interests.
Education & Experience
In the years before joining Bair Family Law, Katelyn practised Family Law in Southwestern Ontario, where she honed her experience in all aspects of the practice: conducting conferences, arguing motions, and managing trials in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. From the commencement of her legal career, she focussed on Family Law, completing her articles at a Family Law firm in London. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Ottawa, after graduating from Western University with an Honors Bachelor of Arts.
At Western University, Katelyn majored in Thanatology, which is the study of death and the grieving process. This sparked her interest in the 5 stages of grief and how individuals integrate the loss of a significant person into their life narrative. This specialized knowledge gives her special insight and empathy in assisting clients in addressing their Family Law concerns.
Katelyn is the member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Simcoe County Law Association and the Simcoe County Family Law Lawyer’s Association.
Katelyn has an affinity for organizations that support and strengthen families. She spent two years as a member of the Board of Directors for Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, an organization that seeks to alleviate the impacts of poverty and mental illness on families and children. While in law school, Katelyn also spent her weekends volunteering as a visit monitor in the Supervised Access Program at Family Services Ottawa.
In line with her commitment to equity and the betterment of her community, Katelyn has volunteered with the Ark Aid Street Mission over several years.
When Katelyn is not working, she keeps busy being a wife and the mother of 2 young boys. Her family enjoys spending time in the outdoors together: camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing.