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Counsel - Family Law

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Phone: 519.660.7782
Fax: 519.660.7783

Andrea's practice encompasses all areas of family law including property division, child and spousal support, parental decision-making (formerly custody), parenting time (formerly access), litigation, Children's Aid Society proceedings, negotiation of separation agreements, parenting agreements, variation proceedings and more.

Education

Western University, B.A. Hon.

Western University, LL.B.

Called to the Bar in 2002

About

Andrea Cooley has over 19 years of family law experience. Her practice encompasses all areas of family law including property division, child support and spousal support issues, parental decision-making (custody), parenting schedules (access), Children’s Aid Society proceedings, negotiation of domestic contracts such as separation agreements, marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements and parenting agreements. While it is Andreas’s goal to advocate on your behalf while resolving your matter amicably with negation, medication or other dispute resolution methods, Andrea is prepared to litigate and advocate on your behalf in Court to protect her client’s interests.

Andrea was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised north of Toronto in the Unionville area. But London and more recently Elgin county are been home for Andrea. Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Western University in 1995. She earned her Bachelor of Law degree from Western University in 2001.

Andrea truly enjoys her work. She is sensitive to the needs of her clients, which in the case of Family law are quite unique and sometimes pose special challenges. It is a top priority to provide cost effective, reasonable legal advice to her clients. This requires identifying strategies for moving forward towards a resolution that is appropriate for their circumstances. Court can be very costly and stressful. Andrea will assist you in determining the best way to proceed, whether it be by way of negotiation of a separation agreement, mediation or Court. There are options available.

In 2017 Andrea was appointed by the Ministry of the Attorney General to be a Dispute Resolution Officer of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court. As a Dispute Resolution Officer Andrea conducts Case Conferences in Motions to Change, to provide litigants with an early evaluation of their case. Andrea strives to provide reasonable guidance to these litigants. Andrea finds this work very rewarding.

Client Testimonials

Thank you
Andrea and her staff have been excellent in the time I've had her represent me. Thank you. -A.M.

Andrea’s Role in My Separation
Andre’s role was so important in my separation.  She uses her knowledge in Family Law and her patience to give those who are vulnerable hope. -M.R.

Would not have Happened Without Andrea
I would like to thank Andrea for everything she did for me. My matter was quickly settled, which would not have happened without Andrea’s assistance. -C.M.

Encouragement and Honesty
I do sincerely appreciate all that Andrea did on my behalf in the process of negotiating my Separation Agreement. I now understand more fully what an "Advocate" is. Andrea's encouragement and honesty was very helpful. -K.B.

Strong in Court
Andrea is strong in court and confident. If she doesn't think something is a good idea or will cost too much money, she will let you now that. -C.A.

Positive Experience
I had a very positive experience working with Andrea. She is very professional and cares about her work. You need to hire her for your case. -D.B.

Knowledge of Family Law
Andrea used her knowledge of family law to fight for my rights as a single parent. I have been blessed with a good position now to care for my children. -J.R.

Grateful for Andrea’s Assistance
A heartfelt “thanks” to Andrea for the work she and her staff put forth on my behalf. The peace of mind I now enjoy because my matter has settled is indescribable. - B.R.

Respect, Kindness and Compassion
I brought a few clients to Andrea with a domestic violence certificate from Legal Aid Ontario. I watched Andrea work with one client in particular that left a lasting impression. The respect, kindness and compassion that Andrea showed her was awesome. - L.S.

Enjoyed Working with Andrea
Thank you Andrea for representing me during our separation. I am thankful that you assisted in moving the mediation process along so we could reach a settlement. I enjoyed working with Andrea. - A.Q.

Protective, Patient and Compassionate
Andrea was terrific to work with. She understood my situation and protected me when needed. She was patient and compassionate. She works very hard for you and gets results. I would highly recommend having Andrea represent you. I am glad I did!  - C.J.

You are in Good Hands
I am truly grateful for all the help that Andrea provided. She made divorce journey much easier and was able to simplify and resolve complicated issues efficiently. Her expertise and attention to my case was seamless. Andrea is honest, truthful and really cares. I would highly recommend her. - A.N.

Placing my Trust with Andrea During Difficult Circumstances
l found Andrea and her staff to have been very much in touch with my own personal situation.
Andrea has always made herself available, her response always prompt and without hesitation.
Andrea is a straight shooter and always to the point. She shows compassion and sympathy where deserved and reality and the facts, always.
It is with gratitude and thanks to her that l write this brief note. - J.F.

Memberships and Associations

Superior Court of Justice (Family Court Branch) Dispute Resolution Officer, 2017 to present
Legal Aid Ontario Area Committee, Member, 2010 to present
Middlesex Family Lawyers’ Association, Executive 2015 - 2020, Member since 2002
Middlesex Law Association, Member, 2002 to present
Elgin Law Association, Member
London and Middlesex High Conflict Forum, Board Member 2016 to 2020

Publications and Speaking

In November 2017, Andrea attended Western Law's Access to Justice class as a panel member to discuss the issue of access to justice in family law.

Community Involvement

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin, Board Member
Legal Aid Ontario Area Committee, Member Church volunteer
London and Middlesex High Conflict Forum, Former Board Member
Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Former Board Member

Andrea Cooley has over 19 years of family law experience. Her practice encompasses all areas of family law including property division, child support and spousal support issues, parental decision-making (custody), parenting schedules (access), Children’s Aid Society proceedings, negotiation of domestic contracts such as separation agreements, marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements and parenting agreements. While it is Andreas’s goal to advocate on your behalf while resolving your matter amicably with negation, medication or other dispute resolution methods, Andrea is prepared to litigate and advocate on your behalf in Court to protect her client’s interests.

Andrea was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised north of Toronto in the Unionville area. But London and more recently Elgin county are been home for Andrea. Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Western University in 1995. She earned her Bachelor of Law degree from Western University in 2001.

Andrea truly enjoys her work. She is sensitive to the needs of her clients, which in the case of Family law are quite unique and sometimes pose special challenges. It is a top priority to provide cost effective, reasonable legal advice to her clients. This requires identifying strategies for moving forward towards a resolution that is appropriate for their circumstances. Court can be very costly and stressful. Andrea will assist you in determining the best way to proceed, whether it be by way of negotiation of a separation agreement, mediation or Court. There are options available.

In 2017 Andrea was appointed by the Ministry of the Attorney General to be a Dispute Resolution Officer of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court. As a Dispute Resolution Officer Andrea conducts Case Conferences in Motions to Change, to provide litigants with an early evaluation of their case. Andrea strives to provide reasonable guidance to these litigants. Andrea finds this work very rewarding.

Thank you
Andrea and her staff have been excellent in the time I've had her represent me. Thank you. -A.M.

Andrea’s Role in My Separation
Andre’s role was so important in my separation.  She uses her knowledge in Family Law and her patience to give those who are vulnerable hope. -M.R.

Would not have Happened Without Andrea
I would like to thank Andrea for everything she did for me. My matter was quickly settled, which would not have happened without Andrea’s assistance. -C.M.

Encouragement and Honesty
I do sincerely appreciate all that Andrea did on my behalf in the process of negotiating my Separation Agreement. I now understand more fully what an "Advocate" is. Andrea's encouragement and honesty was very helpful. -K.B.

Strong in Court
Andrea is strong in court and confident. If she doesn't think something is a good idea or will cost too much money, she will let you now that. -C.A.

Positive Experience
I had a very positive experience working with Andrea. She is very professional and cares about her work. You need to hire her for your case. -D.B.

Knowledge of Family Law
Andrea used her knowledge of family law to fight for my rights as a single parent. I have been blessed with a good position now to care for my children. -J.R.

Grateful for Andrea’s Assistance
A heartfelt “thanks” to Andrea for the work she and her staff put forth on my behalf. The peace of mind I now enjoy because my matter has settled is indescribable. - B.R.

Respect, Kindness and Compassion
I brought a few clients to Andrea with a domestic violence certificate from Legal Aid Ontario. I watched Andrea work with one client in particular that left a lasting impression. The respect, kindness and compassion that Andrea showed her was awesome. - L.S.

Enjoyed Working with Andrea
Thank you Andrea for representing me during our separation. I am thankful that you assisted in moving the mediation process along so we could reach a settlement. I enjoyed working with Andrea. - A.Q.

Protective, Patient and Compassionate
Andrea was terrific to work with. She understood my situation and protected me when needed. She was patient and compassionate. She works very hard for you and gets results. I would highly recommend having Andrea represent you. I am glad I did!  - C.J.

You are in Good Hands
I am truly grateful for all the help that Andrea provided. She made divorce journey much easier and was able to simplify and resolve complicated issues efficiently. Her expertise and attention to my case was seamless. Andrea is honest, truthful and really cares. I would highly recommend her. - A.N.

Placing my Trust with Andrea During Difficult Circumstances
l found Andrea and her staff to have been very much in touch with my own personal situation.
Andrea has always made herself available, her response always prompt and without hesitation.
Andrea is a straight shooter and always to the point. She shows compassion and sympathy where deserved and reality and the facts, always.
It is with gratitude and thanks to her that l write this brief note. - J.F.

Superior Court of Justice (Family Court Branch) Dispute Resolution Officer, 2017 to present
Legal Aid Ontario Area Committee, Member, 2010 to present
Middlesex Family Lawyers’ Association, Executive 2015 - 2020, Member since 2002
Middlesex Law Association, Member, 2002 to present
Elgin Law Association, Member
London and Middlesex High Conflict Forum, Board Member 2016 to 2020

In November 2017, Andrea attended Western Law's Access to Justice class as a panel member to discuss the issue of access to justice in family law.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin, Board Member
Legal Aid Ontario Area Committee, Member Church volunteer
London and Middlesex High Conflict Forum, Former Board Member
Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Former Board Member

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