Bringing Clarity To Family Law


Bortolussi Family Law: Building Confidence Through Clarity.

Bortolussi Family Law is a full-service family law firm in the heart of Vaughan. A staple of the Woodbridge community for over 35 years, our firm serves clients throughout York Region, Toronto, Peel and Halton Region. The firm is proud to be a past winner of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Services Award. Our team of exceptional family law & divorce lawyers has over a century of combined experience, enabling us to offer our clients a full spectrum of family legal services and solutions.


Years in business
established in 1984

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Our firm’s founder and namesake, Lorraine A. Bortolussi, is a highly respected family lawyer who has been practising since 1984.

Lorraine developed the Family Law course curriculum in 2018 for the Certificate in Family Mediation program at York University and was its inaugural instructor. She went on to teach the Family Law course in the program for two years. Lorraine is also an accredited and experienced Family Law Mediator and sits as a part-time Deputy Judge of the Small Claims branch of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

All of our lawyers and staff provide compassionate, client-centric counsel for all aspects and stages of the relationship lifecycle from inception to dissolution. As a full-service family law firm, we provide skilled representation for family matters and for all family structures. We have considerable experience and are highly adept at managing high conflict and high net worth separations, aggressive opposing parties and counsel, and complex multi-generational family dynamics. We are also a proudly progressive firm. We are fully attuned to more contemporary family law issues, including the unique aspects of Millennial separation and divorce, as well as same-sex marriage and divorce, and parenting issues involving transgender children.

At Bortolussi Family Law in Vaughan, our goal is to empower clients and minimize stress. We provide clients with a clear understanding of their options and create a customized plan of action to meet their needs and address their concerns. Whether we are guiding clients through a separation and divorce or setting them up for lifelong success with a domestic agreement, our focus is always on providing clarity and fostering confidence.

Our Team

What Makes Bortolussi Family Law Unique?

Client-Lawyer Compatibility: The Perfect Fit for Each Client

At Bortolussi Family Law, we meticulously match our clients and their case to the lawyer whose skillset and experience is best suited to meet their needs. Factors such as the family dynamic, the level of complexity, and the client’s preferred approach are all carefully considered to find an optimal pairing of lawyer to client. Matching clients with their most compatible advocate strengthens the client-lawyer relationship, improves communication, promotes trust, and significantly increases efficiency and the best chance of a successful outcome for each client. Clients often tell us they appreciate the effort we put into to finding the perfect fit and credit our matching process with fostering a comfortable dynamic with their lawyer early on in the process.

Every client deserves to be heard. We hear you. 

Our lawyers truly listen to our clients. This may sound like a simple concept, but it is of paramount importance, and sadly, is often neglected by other lawyers when developing a relationship with a client. To us, listening is essential to understanding your situation, your goals, and how we can help you achieve them. A meeting with our lawyers is an opportunity for clients to share their stories in a safe, judgment-free environment.

At Bortolussi Family Law, we believe the best path forward must be the best path forward for you. The same set of facts for different people can warrant different approaches. Listening helps us understand your objectives and desired outcomes which then guide our recommendations and advice.

Empowering Clients by Finding the Best Approach

We approach every matter with the goal of maintaining an amicable and cooperative family dynamic. All too often, family lawyers take an aggressive stance with the opposing side to instill a sense of fear or intimidation in the hopes of quickly securing a favourable outcome for their client. This school-yard bully approach often backfires and almost always causes more harm than good. By encouraging conflict, proceedings drag on much longer than necessary, expenses skyrocket, and family relationships can suffer irreparable harm. Particularly when children are involved, preserving a sense of collaboration and keeping conflict as low as possible is extremely important.

At Bortolussi Family Law, bullies don’t phase us. We prefer to focus on bettering our clients’ circumstances rather than adding more fuel to the fire or posturing. Our approach is always calm and measured, even when faced with intense aggression or intentional unreasonableness from the other side. Our lawyers have earned a reputation amongst the Family Law bar for their unflappable resolve and composure, rendering such tactics essentially useless. Instead of emotion and ploys, we rely on our knowledge of the law and our advocacy skills to protect and advance our client’s rights on the basis of facts and evidence.

“The lawyers at Bortolussi Family Law were friendly, professional, and very informative, always ready to answer any questions I may have had. I would highly recommend their services.” D.Z.

Divorce & Separation Issues

The experienced divorce lawyers at Bortolussi Family Law counsel clients throughout the entire separation and divorce process. From transactional matters such as the drafting of a domestic contract, to complex international parenting litigation, we represent your interests with skill and compassion. We regularly work with clients in the following areas:

Property Matters

Parenting Issues

Family Support Matters


Our lawyers have extensive and diverse experience in all methods of family dispute resolution. We work with each of our clients to determine the method best suited to their needs and the stage in which each spouse finds themselves in the separation journey. Our firm represents clients in a range of dispute resolution processes, including:


Satisfied clients with
unique situations


Combined years of
practicing family law

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