Toronto Family Law Lawyer Rachel G.C. Healey
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EDUCATION: Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy

Rachel G.C. Healey

B.A., J.D., LL.B.

Featured Area of Practice:  Family Law


Rachel Healey is an established Toronto family law lawyer at Devry Smith Frank LLP. Rachel has practiced as a Family Law lawyer since her call to the Bar in 2007. Prior to her call to the Bar she articled at a well respected full service law firm in the GTA, and went on to establish a family law and litigation practice at one of the oldest, and most well respected firms in Durham Region. In 2010, Rachel joined the Family Law Group at Devry Smith Frank LLP. She has appeared at all levels of Court in Ontario including the Child and Family Services Review Board, Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Rachel is well versed in all areas of Family Law including custody and access, property and equalization, and child and spousal support issues. She also represents parents in child protection matters. She has gained a reputation as a strong advocate in contested separations and adversarial divorce matters, however she is equally as comfortable in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution including collaborative family law. In addition to practicing in Toronto, Rachel’s practice takes her to all areas of south western Ontario, including St. Catharine’s, Newmarket, Brampton and Oshawa.

Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Rachel obtained her undergraduate degree in English Literature and History at Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, after which she studied medieval studies at the University of Waterloo. She went on to earn both her American and Canadian Law Degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy and University of Windsor, respectively.

Outside the office, Rachel is an accomplished vocalist, having performed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. She has also has a strong community presence, volunteering with the Ontario Justice Education Network.

Rachel has acted as counsel for the following reported decisions:

R.D. v. A.D.

For information and assistance on family law issues, please contact Toronto family law lawyer Rachel Healey at (416)-446-5866.


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How Is Child Custody Determined After Divorce Or Separation?

Watch this episode with Joe Terceira and Toronto family lawyer Rachel Healey of Devry Smith Frank where they will discuss how is child custody determined in Ontario. When going through a divorce or separation the first of many thoughts that run through people's minds is how is child custody determined and how will it affect my situation. Every divorce or separation comes with different situations and set of challenges but if both parties act in a civil matter usually this can help speed things up. But parents ought to remember that courts will always look out for what's in the best interest of the child when deciding how the child custody will be determined. Judges want to ensure there is no disruption in the child's ability to grow, and try to ensure the smoothest transition in a situation that can be extremely difficult for children. Waiting for a ruling from a judge on how the child custody is determined can be very stressful and bring extremely anxious moments to all parties involved. Good family lawyers will often say that it's imperative parents try to remove their emotions towards each other and really think of what is in the best interest of the child.


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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