Kathryn Hendrikx

PartnerHendrikx Family LawFamily (Ontario)

Kathryn focuses her practice on exclusively family law. She has trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Collaborative Family Law methods. She has a passion for family law and focuses her efforts on efficient settlements. She helps families during difficult transitions with issues of custody and access of children, parenting plans, high-conflict separations, child support, spousal support, property division, pension division and separation agreements. Kathryn was appointed a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Superior Court of Justice in 2014. She is the past President of the Women's Law Association of Ontario, a council member for the OBA and CBA, and an active member on the Law Association of Ontario Treasurer's Liaison Group, the Equity and Advisory Board, and the Round Table of Diversity Association.

Kathryn is focused on family law. She has trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Collaborative Family Law methods. She restricts her practice to family law as it is a complex multidisciplinary area of law that requires knowledge of tax law, estates law, and corporate law. Kathryn has a passion for family law and focuses her efforts on efficient settlements. She helps families during difficult transitions with issues of custody and access of children, parenting plans, high-conflict separations, child support, spousal support, property division, pension division and separation agreements.

Kathryn has managed complex litigation files in all areas of family law. She has experience working with related experts including business valuators, financial advisors, income valuators, accountants, forensic accountants, corporate counsel, criminal counsel, family counselors, custody/access assessors, family therapists, reintegration therapists and private investigators. She has managed high-conflict files achieving resolution and closure for families.

Kathryn received her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science. She began her first career in Marketing and Public Relations working for Canada's oldest and most diversified property management firm. She returned to law school in 1998, obtaining her degree from Osgoode Hall in 2001. She was called to the Bar in 2002. Kathryn articled at a large boutique litigation firm in downtown Toronto and began practising at a full-service litigation firm in 2004. In 2006, she chose family law as her specialty and has practised exclusively in family law since that time.

Kathryn was appointed a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Superior Court of Justice in 2014. She is the past President of the Women's Law Association of Ontario, a council member for the Ontario Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association, and an active member on the Law Society of Ontario Treasurer's Liaison Group, the Equity and Advisory Board, and the Round Table of Diversity Association. She holds membership in the Toronto Lawyers Association and Family Lawyers Association. 

Education

  • University of Windsor, Certificate in Negotiation, Still Feld Handy Program, 2009
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LL.B., 2001
  • University of Guelph, M.A., 1993
  • University of Guelph, B.A. (Hons.), 1992

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2002

Experience

  • Apepared before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice; attended case conferences, motions, settlement conferences, trial management conferences, exit–pre trials, trials, and Office of the Children's Lawyer Disclosure meetings
  • Drafted all forms of applications, answers, briefs, notice of motions, factum, offers to settle, parenting plans, minutes of settlement, opinion letters such as recognition of foreign divorce, marriage contracts, separation agreements, cohabitation contracts, interim and final orders
  • Participated in high-conflict litigation using experts such as reintegration therapists, parental alienation experts, parenting assessors, parenting coordinators, social workers, mental health specialists, child psychologists, business valuators, income valuators, appraisers and tax experts
  • Obtained successful results through litigation and negotiations with counsel; litigated parental alienation cases, foreign offshore property disputes, trusts, estates and bankruptcy issues
  • Worked closely with the Children's Aid Society, the Catholic Children's Aid Society and Jewish Child and Family Services, the police, Children’s mental health centers, youth justice services, private practitioners/therapists and family counseling agencies; created interdisciplinary teams to assist in all aspects of child-centered resolutions
  • Experienced in Hague Convention applications and inter-jurisdictional custody orders, preparing materials for international jurisdictions
  • Participated in Voice of the Child professional symposiums keeping up to date on emerging trends for and against children's evidence, judicial meetings, voire dires and expert testimony
  • Managed Legal Aid files which dealt with high-conflict parties presenting significant mental health, drug abuse and violence issues
  • Represented parties charged with domestic assault and liaised with criminal counsel to assist in developing bail conditions permitting supervised access and reintegration therapy
  • Experienced in enforcement of orders, the Family Responsibility Office and the Sherriff's office; enforced orders for support, division of property, preservation orders, certificates of pending litigation and costs

Associations

  • National Council, Canadian Bar Association
  • Council Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Legal Innovators Roundtable
  • Women's Business Enterprises Canada
  • Past President, Women's Law Association of Ontario

Awards & Honours

  • Top Orator, Cherniak Cup Moot, 2001
  • 2nd Place Team, Cherniak Cup Moot, 2001