Julie Ralhan

Julie Ralhan

PrincipalJulie Ralhan, Lawyer & MediatorFamily Law (ON)

Julie Ralhan, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Acc.FM (OAFM) was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003, and has practiced family law, with a focus on child-related issues since then in both the public and private sector. She has worked as Legal Counsel to the Children's Aid and Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton; as an associate lawyer at MacDonald & Partners LLP in Toronto; and since 2012 as principal lawyer of her own law firm focused on the representation of parents, grandparents and other family members in Children's Aid Society cases. In this capacity, Ms. Ralhan has also represented children on behalf of the Office of the Children's Lawyer, and has represented special parties as an agent lawyer for the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. In addition to her private practice, Ms. Ralhan was also one of the outside Commission counsel for the Motherisk Commission established by the Ontario government to examine the impact of unreliable hair testing practices in child protection cases. Ms. Ralhan is an accredited Family Law Mediator with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). Ms. Ralhan’s family law mediation practice is focused on the resolution of parenting and child related disputes under the Divorce Act and Children's Law Reform Act, including mediating interim and final Parenting Plans.

Julie Ralhan, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Acc.FM (OAFM) was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003, and has practiced family law, with a focus on child-related issues since then. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Ralhan worked as Legal Counsel to the Children's Aid Society of Hamilton and the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton where she conducted numerous trials and gained significant experience in all aspects of pre-trial litigation. In 2009, Ms. Ralhan accepted a position at MacDonald & Partners LLP, a matrimonial law firm in Toronto, as an associate lawyer where her practice included all aspects of family law. In 2012, Ms. Ralhan started her own law firm focused on the representation of parents, grandparents and other family members in Children's Aid Society cases. In this capacity, Ms. Ralhan has also represented children in both child protection and custody/access cases as a past panel lawyer for the Office of the Children's Lawyer, and has represented special parties under the Family Law Rules as an agent lawyer for the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee in child protection cases. In addition to being in private practice, Ms. Ralhan was also one of the outside Commission counsel for the Motherisk Commission established by the Ontario government to examine the impact of unreliable hair testing practices in child protection cases. Ms. Ralhan is an accredited Family Law Mediator with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). Ms. Ralhan’s family law mediation practice is focused on the resolution of parenting and child related disputes under the Divorce Act and Children's Law Reform Act, including mediating interim and final Parenting Plans.

Ms. Ralhan obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from York University in 1999, her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002, and her Master of Laws degree (part-time LL.M.) in Family Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2009. During the LL.M. program, Ms. Ralhan wrote an extensive research paper on the topic of The Legal and Ethical Duties Owed by Counsel for Children's Aid Societies.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M. (Family Law), 2009
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, 2002
  • York University, B.A., 1999

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2003