Family Law Department

Family Law is an area of law that impacts almost everyone at some point, whether you personally or someone you know. The purpose of this initiative is to make important aspects of Family Law more accessible to the public.


Sarah Durcikova

Department Leader

My name is Sarah, and I am passionate about family and criminal law. I originally came into law school thinking I would pursue criminal law, yet after being exposed to family law courses and the Family Law Program at Windsor’s Community Legal Aid, I have fallen in love with family law. This summer I have the incredible opportunity to work at a well-respected criminal defence firm in downtown Toronto. I am excited to be working towards providing a full and fair defence to any and all clients, irrespective of their position in life or the charges they are facing. I am excited to build the Family Law Chapter at the Legal Writers Collective, as I want to ensure that every person facing a family law issue has access to user-friendly, comprehensive knowledge about the inner workings of family law.

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Gabrielle Guizzo


Gabrielle Guizzo is a third-year law student at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, Gabrielle completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts with an Honours Specialization in Political Science, an Honour in Global Intercultural Engagement and was King’s Scholar. In addition to law school Gabrielle is currently finishing her master’s in international Economic Policy at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

Gabrielle has always been passionate about pursuing a career in law and through her job at Family Child Custody Resources where she helps build cases for self-represented parties, she discovered her passion for alternative dispute resolution. Her passion led her to pursue the Chairman position on DDRIOC’s Student Advisory Committee where she is committed educating young professionals about the world of ADR and creating new opportunities to further fuel the passion of future mediators and arbitrators. In her spare time, she has written for online publications, Law School Life & Beyond, and Headnotes.


Allannah Nguyen


Allannah is currently a second year law student at the University of Windsor. Prior to attending law school, Allannah majored in criminology and political science at the Univeristy of Toronto. During her undergrad education, she had learned about the many barriers that marginalized and vulnerable communities face when coming into contact with the law. She became passionate about assisting these individuals and has since volunteered with Community Legal Aid, the Youth Justice Committee in Peel, and has also worked in an immigration office helping newcomers in Canada.

Allannah has a particular interest in both family and criminal law but is eager to write in the family law committee to contribute towards  expanding the knowledge in the area. She recognizes the sensitivities that exist when family law is involved and is hoping that through the Legal Writers Collective, her writing can help to clear some of the complexities that surround any legal issues.


Laura Galin-Corini


Laura Galin-Corini is a writer at the Legal Writers Collective in the Family Law Department and a 2L student at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, Laura earned a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology and Biology and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. She completed a research practicum at SickKids Hospital, investigating the impact of chemotherapy on the quality of life of survivors of childhood leukemia and has worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant at her alma mater in the psychology department. Her experience in the hospital, witnessing the resilience of children and families faced with difficult life challenges, inspires her to pursue a legal practice where she can assist families navigate the legal system and protect their interests.

Laura completed a placement with FASD and the Justice System through Pro Bono Student Canada (PBSC) during which she conducted an inquiry into the accessibility of educational material and training resources on FASD informing best practices among legal professionals and law enforcement officers. This year, she is excited to continue volunteering with PBSC as part of the GTA Wills Project.

Laura is currently the Co-President of the Osgoode Hall Family Law Association and a volunteer interpreter at the Community & Legal Aid Services Program. She is looking forward to bringing her interest in family law and passion for improving access to justice to the Legal Writers Collective.


Hayley Abma


Hayley Abma is a second year law student at Queen’s Law. Hayley has a growing passion for family and criminal law, which started to develop during her Undergraduate Degree at Guelph when she took Criminal Justice and Public Policy with a minor in Psychology. These interests have only been strengthened through her executive position on the Queen’s Child and Youth Law Club and her position with the PBSC Youth Criminal Record Division. Hayley is currently interning with the Department of Justice in the Family Law and Youth Justice Department where she is conducting extensive research on a variety of pressing legal issues plaguing the family law field. Further, next semester Hayley has been accepted into the Family Law Placement Course run by renowned family law speciality Nicholas Bala. Through these experiences she is hoping to develop this passion into a career.


Ariel Wyse


Ariel Wyse is a third-year law student at the University of Windsor with an interest in both immigration and family law. As a 2L, she worked at Legal Assistance of Windsor’s Immigration clinic and was a Legal Extern at the Women’s Legal Education Fund (LEAF). This year she is the co-chair of the Mental Health and Wellness Initiative at Windsor Law.