Heather L. Hansen, C.S.
Heather Hansen is a partner at McCarthy Hansen & Company LLP. She is a Certified Specialist (C.S.) in Family Law by the Law Society of Ontario and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
Heather represents and advises clients on all issues related to divorce, custody and access, spousal and child support, division of property, separation agreements, domestic/marriage contracts, religious marriage contracts, child protection, and cross-border/international family law issues (including Hague Convention matters).
A significant portion of her practice is working on matters for high net worth parties that involve the complex intersection of family law and business, including working closely with family office advisors, corporate counsel, valuators, tax advisors and accountants.
Heather has significant trial experience, regularly appears at all levels of court across the Province of Ontario. She also represents clients in complex negotiations, mediation and arbitration proceedings.
Heather is recognized and ranked (Band 2) in Chambers & Partners – Family / Matrimonial: High Net Worth, “Repeatedly Recommended” in Lexpert and is consistently recognized in the Best Lawyers in Canada for Family Law. She is a past recipient of the Lexpert Rising Stars Award Leading Lawyers under 40 Award (Canada).
She is a frequent speaker at continuing education sessions and conferences and for several years taught trial advocacy at the University of Toronto (Faculty of Law). Heather also regularly provides media commentary on current issues in family law.
Heather has also authored or co-authored a number of articles and book chapters on topics ranging from evidence in family law, to estates and trust matters. She has a particular interest in the evolving role of technology in family law and conducts trials, mediations and arbitrations in a paperless environment.
In addition to an active pro-bono practice involving child related matters, Heather also represents children in domestic and child protection matters as a member of the panel for the Ontario Government’s Office of the Children’s Lawyer. She sat on the Young Advocates’ Society Standing Committee for the 2012-2015 term and is a participant member of the Crown Wardship No-Access Pilot Project and the Child Advocacy Project.
Heather is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Hon. BA) and the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (LL.B) where she was the recipient of a number of academic awards and prizes. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two children, and a big loveable rescue dog.