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Partner - Family Law

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Phone: 519.660.7894
Fax: 519.660.7895

For 30 years Marie has been helping families resolve their issues upon separation. Marie is head of the family law department and has practiced as a family law litigator and negotiator. Marie specializes in all areas of family law including but not limited to complex property matters, complex custody and access issues and spousal and child support.

Education

Western University LL.B

Called to the Bar in 1989

About

Marie is a partner and the head of the family law department and has practiced as a family law litigator and negotiator for 30 years. She specializes in all areas of family law including but not limited to complex property matters, complex custody and access issues and spousal and child support. Due to her vast experience and expertise Marie is able to produce an outcome in the most efficient and cost effective way which is her goal for her clients.

Marie is sensitive to her client’s needs and is well known for her compassion and understanding during this difficult time in their lives in addition to her ability to get the best results possible. Marie truly connects with her clients and can quickly assess what is the best route for her client whether it is negotiating an agreement or litigation.

Marie is very dedicated to her profession, access to justice and the community. For many years she has been the Family Responsibility Office’s primary and senior agent for London and Area. She freely gives her time to the community, formerly as a board member with Madame Vanier Services, and more recently as a Dispute Resolution Officer hearing case conferences on motions to change at family court and she is frequently a speaker at Family Law Conferences. 

Marie is well respected amongst her peers and the judiciary. She is sought out by clients due to her reputation and her successes.

Client Testimonials

Thank you Marie
I have known Marie Tukara for more than 10 years. She has assisted me on a few different issues during some very challenging times in my life. Not only is she professional, ethical and direct she is very knowledgeable in her field. She definitely knows how to get what you need done! Her support team is also very kind and efficient. I would highly recommend Marie for any legal advisement as she is wonderful to deal with and I would not hesitate to contact her again if ever needed.
Thank you Marie! - L.T.

I trust Marie.
I first met Marie about 10 years ago when facing an emotionally challenging time with respect to divorce and child custody. She came to me highly recommended by someone who had dealt with her when she was first starting her career. I was told I wouldn’t be disappointed and I can truthfully attest to that.
Best known as someone who leads more with my heart, Marie was able to help me understand all of the stages of getting through not only my divorce but most importantly what was in the best interest of my child. It is not easy to remove emotion when dealing with matters involving your children, however with Marie’s professionalism, knowledge in all aspects of family law and her ability to speak in terms one without a law degree could understand, it made the process easier. Marie has helped me learn to remove emotion from fact and get to the heart of the matter.
Since then, I have had to seek council on another family law matter and there was no doubt where I would turn. I trust Marie. In her ability to advise the best course of action and follow through with it. You can be assured that if you reach out to Marie, that she will give you the best she has to offer. In my opinion, she is an outstanding lawyer. Respectfully - L.M.C.

[Marie Tukara] was clear and honest.
[Marie Tukara] was clear and honest. Even when I didn’t like the response or the answers. She was efficient and accommodating.
On a personal note: I especially love the way she carries herself. Attending the court house dressed up with nails done and heels! Great example to other girls that you can still be feminine and intelligent!! Very impressive! - M.T.

Marie Tukara and her team are spectacular.
Marie Tukara and her team are spectacular.  They are professional, knowledgeable, expeditious with all forms of correspondence and above all, they are caring and listen.  Thank you, all the time, for all that you do! -J.C.

Marie was the right lawyer for me
I am very thankful to have been represented by Marie [Tukara] in what started as a high conflict marriage separation. I wanted to fight back as hard as possible, but not compromise my own integrity and sense of fairness. Marie was the right lawyer for me, as her integrity and desire for fairness, especially with respect to the children, was in line with my own. I found her to be incredibly competent and efficient in synthesizing a complex story into a concise response for legal documentation. In short, with Marie I was able to neutralize a large amount of unfairness delivered my way without having to stoop to the other party’s level, which is what any self-respecting person would ultimately want from their lawyer in my position. - A.S

Would highly recommend Marie and her team
Absolutely amazing, working with Marie and Kathy was a blessing.
As I tried to do it on my own and realizing I needed help, Marie and Kathy took all the stress away and I realized that they were working for the best interest of my son, which make me unbelievably happy in knowing that. They were understanding and helpful on all the questions I had and made the process a lot easier then it was.
Would highly recommend Marie and her team to anyone in need!

Memberships and Associations

Canadian Bar Association, Member
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
Middlesex Law Association, Member
Middlesex Family Lawyers Association, Past Treasurer from 1985-1992
Southwest Women's Region Law Association, Member
Joint Liason Resource Committee, Member
Superior Court of Justice (Family Court Branch), Dispute Resolution Officer, 2015 to present
Dispute Resolution Implementation Committee, Co Chair, March 2017 to present
Children's Panel Layer in Child Protection and Custody and Access, 1992-1996

Publications and Speaking

Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course
Seminal Leader in Family Law - 1998-2004
Instructor in Skills and Professional Responsibilty Program - 2005-2008
Speaker Middlesex Family Law Conference, October 2014
Focus Group Leader Middlesex Family Law Conference, 2013

Community Involvement

Madame Vanier Children's Services, Past Member of the Board of Directors from 2002-2007

In the News

Featured Guest on CJBK Ask the Experts Radio Show-April 28 and July 14,2011

Marie is a partner and the head of the family law department and has practiced as a family law litigator and negotiator for 30 years. She specializes in all areas of family law including but not limited to complex property matters, complex custody and access issues and spousal and child support. Due to her vast experience and expertise Marie is able to produce an outcome in the most efficient and cost effective way which is her goal for her clients.

Marie is sensitive to her client’s needs and is well known for her compassion and understanding during this difficult time in their lives in addition to her ability to get the best results possible. Marie truly connects with her clients and can quickly assess what is the best route for her client whether it is negotiating an agreement or litigation.

Marie is very dedicated to her profession, access to justice and the community. For many years she has been the Family Responsibility Office’s primary and senior agent for London and Area. She freely gives her time to the community, formerly as a board member with Madame Vanier Services, and more recently as a Dispute Resolution Officer hearing case conferences on motions to change at family court and she is frequently a speaker at Family Law Conferences. 

Marie is well respected amongst her peers and the judiciary. She is sought out by clients due to her reputation and her successes.

Thank you Marie
I have known Marie Tukara for more than 10 years. She has assisted me on a few different issues during some very challenging times in my life. Not only is she professional, ethical and direct she is very knowledgeable in her field. She definitely knows how to get what you need done! Her support team is also very kind and efficient. I would highly recommend Marie for any legal advisement as she is wonderful to deal with and I would not hesitate to contact her again if ever needed.
Thank you Marie! - L.T.

I trust Marie.
I first met Marie about 10 years ago when facing an emotionally challenging time with respect to divorce and child custody. She came to me highly recommended by someone who had dealt with her when she was first starting her career. I was told I wouldn’t be disappointed and I can truthfully attest to that.
Best known as someone who leads more with my heart, Marie was able to help me understand all of the stages of getting through not only my divorce but most importantly what was in the best interest of my child. It is not easy to remove emotion when dealing with matters involving your children, however with Marie’s professionalism, knowledge in all aspects of family law and her ability to speak in terms one without a law degree could understand, it made the process easier. Marie has helped me learn to remove emotion from fact and get to the heart of the matter.
Since then, I have had to seek council on another family law matter and there was no doubt where I would turn. I trust Marie. In her ability to advise the best course of action and follow through with it. You can be assured that if you reach out to Marie, that she will give you the best she has to offer. In my opinion, she is an outstanding lawyer. Respectfully - L.M.C.

[Marie Tukara] was clear and honest.
[Marie Tukara] was clear and honest. Even when I didn’t like the response or the answers. She was efficient and accommodating.
On a personal note: I especially love the way she carries herself. Attending the court house dressed up with nails done and heels! Great example to other girls that you can still be feminine and intelligent!! Very impressive! - M.T.

Marie Tukara and her team are spectacular.
Marie Tukara and her team are spectacular.  They are professional, knowledgeable, expeditious with all forms of correspondence and above all, they are caring and listen.  Thank you, all the time, for all that you do! -J.C.

Marie was the right lawyer for me
I am very thankful to have been represented by Marie [Tukara] in what started as a high conflict marriage separation. I wanted to fight back as hard as possible, but not compromise my own integrity and sense of fairness. Marie was the right lawyer for me, as her integrity and desire for fairness, especially with respect to the children, was in line with my own. I found her to be incredibly competent and efficient in synthesizing a complex story into a concise response for legal documentation. In short, with Marie I was able to neutralize a large amount of unfairness delivered my way without having to stoop to the other party’s level, which is what any self-respecting person would ultimately want from their lawyer in my position. - A.S

Would highly recommend Marie and her team
Absolutely amazing, working with Marie and Kathy was a blessing.
As I tried to do it on my own and realizing I needed help, Marie and Kathy took all the stress away and I realized that they were working for the best interest of my son, which make me unbelievably happy in knowing that. They were understanding and helpful on all the questions I had and made the process a lot easier then it was.
Would highly recommend Marie and her team to anyone in need!

Canadian Bar Association, Member
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
Middlesex Law Association, Member
Middlesex Family Lawyers Association, Past Treasurer from 1985-1992
Southwest Women's Region Law Association, Member
Joint Liason Resource Committee, Member
Superior Court of Justice (Family Court Branch), Dispute Resolution Officer, 2015 to present
Dispute Resolution Implementation Committee, Co Chair, March 2017 to present
Children's Panel Layer in Child Protection and Custody and Access, 1992-1996

Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course
Seminal Leader in Family Law - 1998-2004
Instructor in Skills and Professional Responsibilty Program - 2005-2008
Speaker Middlesex Family Law Conference, October 2014
Focus Group Leader Middlesex Family Law Conference, 2013

Madame Vanier Children's Services, Past Member of the Board of Directors from 2002-2007

Featured Guest on CJBK Ask the Experts Radio Show-April 28 and July 14,2011

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