Toronto Family Law Lawyer Julie A. Tyas
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EDUCATION: Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Windsor (LL.B.)
ASSOCIATIONS: Member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association, Collaborative Practice Toronto, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Law Society of Upper Canada.

Julie A. Tyas

B.A. (Hons.), LL.B.

Featured Area of Practice:  Family Law


Julie Tyas is one of the prominent family lawyers in Toronto at Devry Smith Frank LLP (“DSF”). She joined DSF in July 2011 as an associate in the family law department. Julie’s practice incorporates all aspects of family law for heterosexual and same-sex couples including cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, separation agreements involving complex property, child and spousal support issues, divorce, custody and access. While Julie is committed to providing her clients with alternatives to litigation (including mediation and mediation/arbitration), she is a proficient advocate should the court process be necessary and appropriate.

Julie is also trained as a collaborative family lawyer. Julie is mindful of the financial and emotion burdens that often encompass family law disputes and is dedicated to resolving her clients’ matters in a cost-effective and timely manner, while maintaining children’s interests at the forefront.

Julie Tyas received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2003. Afterwards, she went on to complete her LL.B. at the University of Windsor in 2006, while assisting a family law lawyer throughout her years in Windsor. Julie was called to the Ontario bar in June 2007, after completing her articles in Ottawa. She has practiced family law exclusively since her call to the Bar, at two well-respected law firms in downtown Toronto, prior to joining Devry Smith Frank LLP. Julie is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, Collaborative Practice Toronto, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She is also a member of the Animal Law executive with the Ontario Bar Association.

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When Julie is not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her young children and , and being outdoors.

Julie regularly contributes to the DSF’s Family Law Blog page.

For further information about family law legal matters, please contact one of our leading family lawyers in Toronto, Julie Tyas at (416)446-5053.

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Do I Have To Go To Court For A Separation?

There are various paths you can take that do not involve going to court. One of the things I would recommend doing first is to retain a lawyer that focuses exclusively on family law as family lawyers will be more proficient with the federal and provincial laws.

In order to negotiate a separation for you that is both timely and efficient you may also choose to enter into the collaborative law process. Most of the lawyers here at Devry Smith Frank are trained in the collaborative law process. It involves a written commitment to resolve your family issues between a series of meetings between the lawyers and the parties. Most of all it also involves a commitment of "not to go to court".

 January 7, 2014 – Press Release - "Happy New Year… I Want A Divorce!"


Family Law Seminar January 20, 2015 - Video Archive

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1. Introduction - John P. Schuman (00.00)
2. Equalization of "What?" - Property Division on Marriage Breakdown - F. Timothy Deeth (02.40)
3. Equalization of net family properties and Common Law Couples - Michelle Farb (16.07)
4. Weird and Archaic Solutions to Bad Financial Separations (Trust Claims) - John P. Schuman (17.10)
5. Immigration Consequences of Relationship Breakdowns - Asher I. Frankel (36.57)
6. Bad Ideas in Custody Cases "Outside the Box" Strategies that People Use - Rachel Healey (51.20)
7. Difficult Spousal Support Issues post "Guidelines" - Kerri Parslow (1.08.58)
8. Keeping Your Scary Spouse Away with a Restraining Order - Sarah Falzon (1.19.48)
9. Why going to Family Mediation Without Consulting a Lawyer is like Playing Dodgeball Blindfolded - Todd E. Slonim (1.26.08)
10. How to Keep Yourself from Getting Played - The Benefits of a Marriage Contract or Cohabitation Agreement - Julie Tyas (1.35.15)
11. Questions and Answer Session (1.45.11)

Presentation Handouts - Common Legal Mistakes in Separation / Divorce

Recorded January 20, 2015


Of interest to:

Therapists, social workers, mediators, non-family law lawyers, marriage counselors, accountants, financial planners, doctors or anyone who might have questions regarding any family law related issues. We will be presenting basic family law and common family law “misconceptions” for helping professionals to understand how things might work out for their clients.


  • Difficult spousal support issues post “Guidelines”;
  • Keeping your scary spouse away with a restraining order;
  • Why going to Family Mediation without consulting a lawyer is like playing dodge ball blindfolded;
  • Immigration consequences of relationship breakdown;
  • Bad ideas in custody cases – “outside the box” strategies that people use;
  • Equalization of “What?” – property division on marriage breakdown;
  • Equalization of net family properties and common law couples;
  • Weird and archaic solutions to bad financial separations (trust claims);
  • How to keep yourself from getting played – the benefits of a marriage contract or cohabitation agreement

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