Caroline Kim takes a compassionate and common-sense approach to the resolution of family law disputes. Caroline assists people before and after a marriage or common-law relationship, providing advice and representation for “pre-nups” (pre-nuptial agreements) as well as custody, access, support, and property claims. She has experience with both high-conflict situations and amicable settlements through negotiation, mediation and collaborative practice. Caroline provides services in English and French.
Where possible, Caroline works with her clients to negotiate separation agreements through their lawyers or in mediation. Where negotiated solutions cannot be found, Caroline ably represents her clients’ interests at court.
Prior to joining Miller Thomson, Caroline worked at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in Toronto, where she exclusively represented women survivors of domestic abuse and gained extensive experience working on high-conflict cases with complex factual circumstances.
Caroline’s experience includes:
Alternative dispute resolution: representation, advice, and advocacy for negotiations, mediations, and arbitration processes that are completed outside of the court system.
Collaborative Practice: representation in a team-based approach to negotiation, with financial and family professionals as necessary, where parties are committed to an out-of-court resolution.
Family law litigation: representation at the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice in all family law matters.
High-conflict situations: knowledge and ability to handle complex matters requiring ex parte or urgent motions and experience negotiating custody and access arrangements in high-conflict situations.
In addition to her family law practice, Caroline is an instructor for the Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights offered by the ILS Law College in conjunction with the World Health Organization. Since 2010 she has travelled yearly to Pune, India, where she and her colleagues teach a diverse group of medical and legal professionals about disability rights and international mental health law and policy.
Prior to studying law, Caroline completed an M.Sc. at McGill University where she studied suicide and mental health.
Caroline is a board member of the Sexual Assault Services Centre of Waterloo Region.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Instructor, Mental Health and Human Rights, Indian Law Society (2007 – present)
- “Dementia in low and middle-income countries: the case for community care,” C. Kim & S. Pathare, Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting, 2015.
- “Mental health law in Africa: analysis from a human rights perspective,” N. Drew et al., Journal of Public Mental Health,12(1): 10-20, 2013.
- Panelist, “Identifying and Managing High Risk Cases in Criminal and Family Law”, Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 28, 2012.
- Presenter, “The Right to Inclusion: Integration and Acceptance of People with Mental Disabilities”, 11th World Congress of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Milan, Italy, November 2012.
- “Burnout, Hopelessness and Trauma in Clinical Legal Education”, 3rd Annual Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 2012.
- “An assessment of mental health policy in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia,” E. Faydi, et al., Health Research Policy and Systems 9:17, 2011.
- “Familial aggregation of suicidal behavior: a family study of male suicide completers from the general population,” C.D. Kim, et al. American Journal of Psychiatry 162(5): 1017-1019, 2005.
- “Seasonal Differences in the Psychopathology of Male Suicide Completers,” C.D. Kim, et al. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 45(5): 333-339, 2004.
- “Patterns of Comorbidity in Male Suicide Completers,” C.D. Kim, et al. Psychological Medicine 33:1299-1309, 2003.
- Board Member, Sexual Assault Services Centre of Waterloo Region, 2016-present
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario, 2008
- LL.B/B.C.L., McGill University, 2006
- M.Sc., McGill University, 2003
- B.Sc., McGill University, 2000