Chris 2 family law lawyer


B.A. (Hons), LL.B., Associate Lawyer

Meet Christopher Rio Mortel, our Associate Lawyer and Family Lawyer in Toronto, at Separy Law P.C.  Chris has been called to the Bar of Ontario and also holds Honours Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Sociology and Political Science from York University. Chris completed his Articling year at Separy Law P.C. and now practices primarily in the area of Family Law.

Chris is an asset to Separy Law P.C. and his clients as he brings to the table a very unique set of skills directly related to his work history.  Prior to law school, Chris worked as a clerk in both the Family Law Court of the Ontario Court of Justice and Small Claims court of the Superior Court of Justice, allowing his clients to gain invaluable and extensive knowledge and insight into the intricacies of in court experience and procedures. This type of experience is rare and extremely beneficial to Chris’ clients.

Chris’ practice focuses on all areas of family law including separation, divorce, child support, spousal support, custody (now called “child decision-making responsibilities”), access (child visitation or parenting schedules), variations in support, and complex property division.

Chris has a passion for family law and continually strives to be a strong advocate for his clients. He can be direct and authoritative, but also empathetic and resolution oriented, depending on what the case requires. He is extremely sensitive to family law situations and very responsive to client communication.  He understands that being involved in family law litigation can be a very challenging and difficult time for all parties involved, and works hard towards resolving highly contentious family law matters in a reasonable and amicable manner, when possible.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with family, golfing, boxing, and playing guitar.

Chris practices as a Toronto Family Lawyer in all of the major courts in Toronto, and the Greater Toronto Area (“GTA”).

Christopher’s practice focuses on the following areas of law:

  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Spousal Support (sometimes known as “alimony” or “maintenance”)
  • Child Support
  • Custody
  • Access (child visitation or parenting regimes)
  • Changes to child support orders (“Motion to Change Child Support”)
  • Changes to spousal support orders (“Motion to Change Spousal Support)
  • Changes to custody and access or parenting regimes (“Motion to Change Custody and Access)
  • Common law cohabitation  and marriages
  • same sex relationships and marriages
  • domestic contracts – cohabitation agreements, marriage agreements (prenuptial agreements), and separation agreements
  • property division – simple or complex
  • Wills and Power of Attorneys for Personal Care and Property



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  • Filipino Canadian Lawyers Network


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