Carolyn Shelley

Carolyn Shelley is a Partner in our Family Law group. She was born and raised in Kingston and was eager to return after pursuing an Honours degree at the University of Toronto and her LL.B. in Halifax. After her time at Dalhousie University, Carolyn articled with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Today, she continues to represent children in high conflict custody/access and child protection proceedings as a panel lawyer for that same office.  Carolyn’s passion for Family Law is evident through her community work. Most notably, she is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliations Courts, the Collaborative Family Lawyers Association, and a Board Member for Girls Inc. In addition to litigation, Carolyn practices Collaborative Family Law. This process provides a separating couple with the opportunity to resolve their disputes respectfully, with a commitment that neither party will litigate. Carolyn provides services in every area of Family Law including:
  • Marriage contracts
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Parenting agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Divorce
  • Custody and access
  • Child and spousal support
  • Division of family property
  • Restraining orders
  • Adoptions
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Parenting Coordination
When she is not working, Carolyn can be found spending time with her friends and family at some of Kingston’s best local spots. 

Supporting Staff

Carley Pratt

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Kathryn Broad

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Christopher Murphy-Stevens

Christopher Murphy- Stevens

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Carolyn Shelley




Practice Areas


  • B.A. (Hons. Cinema Studies)
    University of Toronto
    Class of 2002
  • LL.B.
Dalhousie University
    Class of 2008


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Frontenac Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Collaborative Family Lawyers Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliations Courts
  • Office of the Children’s Lawyer – Personal Rights Panel
  • Ontario Association of Family Mediation
  • Family Dispute Resolution Institution of Ontario

Community Involvement

  • Board Member - Girls Inc.
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