Family and Divorce

Melody MacDonell has been practicing in the area of family law since 1993 and offers considerable experience in divorce, separation, cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, spousal and child support, property division, intra-family adoptions, custody and access, and family court litigation. She has appeared successfully in both the Ontario Divisional Court and in the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Our philosophy is to advise our clients in a straightforward manner so they understand their options. We guide our clients through what is often an emotional and difficult time. That frequently involves negotiating issues such as custody, child support, division of assets and debts, spousal support, and a Divorce Order. Litigation may be necessary, but is always a last resort.

RSR’s family and divorce law services include:

  • Separation Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Marriage Contracts
  • Property division
  • Child custody and access
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Divorce Orders
  • Motions and Trials
  • Restraining Orders
  • Intra-familial adoptions (ex. step-parent adoption of step-child)
  • Same-sex family law
  • Notarizing travel consent letters and other documents

I have referred several people to Melody MacDonell over the years. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional and efficient. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend anyone at Rasmussen Starr Ruddy.

— Dawna Christy

A big thank you to Melody and her staff. Melody is straight forward and knows her stuff. Although going through a separation is hard, I was very confident things would work out in my favor. And they did. Looking forward to the next new chapter to begin. Thanks again Melody.

— Kristina Dowsley

I don’t know what I would have done without them. You may not remember every word they say, but you’ll never forget how they make you feel.

— Judy Everson

Their personal skills are great: they’re very easy to deal with. I question a lot and they’re very accommodating.

— Donna Lea Andrews, Andrews Brothers Construction (Ottawa) Ltd.

I like the fact that I can pick up the phone and talk to my lawyer, not an assistant. Other firms are getting too big to provide personal service.

— Ken Crawford, C&M Electric

They have a clear understanding of our business and are very responsive. The partners are well respected among their peers.

— Jonathan Westeinde, Windmill Developments

They’re prompt, intelligent, give good advice, and charge reasonable rates.

— Stan Neathery, Integrating Solutions Inc.