About Donna Babbs, family law lawyer

Helping people reach agreements without going to court

30+ years of family law experience

My goal

As a family law lawyer, I strive to help people resolve legal issues and conflicts without going to court. The law imposes a duty on lawyers and their clients to try to resolve cases outside of court in appropriate cases. I promote collaborative negotiations over adversarial tactics. I work virtually.

What I do

There are four ways that I represent clients in family law cases:

  • Consultation
  • Lawyer-to-lawyer negotiations
  • Collaborative law, also known as the collaborative process or collaborative practice
  • Mediation. I provide legal advice to clients as they go through mediation. I do not act as the mediator.


In addition to training in collaborative negotiations and conflict resolution, I completed the Dealing with Difficult Conversations course at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and an Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution workshop through the Stitt Feld Handy Group in affiliation with the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor.

Volunteer work

My volunteer work includes contributing to the creation of Luke’s Place and to the creation and development of its Legal Advisory Group and Pro Bono Legal Clinic. I volunteer with the Luke’s Place Legal Clinic and am an Executive member of Kawartha Collaborative Practice.

A member of…

Northumberland County Law Association logo
Durham Law Association logo
OASCP logo - Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals
KCP logo - Kawartha Collaborative Practice