Sylvie Schirm graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1988 and practices exclusively in family law. A recognized specialist and an experienced lawyer, Sylvie Schirm is highly regarded for her human approach to law. She is very active in her profession, offering numerous training programs to her colleagues, as well as participating in conferences and seminars related to family law.

Sylvie Schirm believes it is important to inform the public about the realities of Quebec families, to raise awareness of the challenges couples face, young and old, and to provide legal information to help them make the right decisions. A recognized legal expert, she is regularly invited to comment family law on Quebec’s major television and radio networks.

Faced with an overworked judicial system having more and more difficulty coping with family disputes, and aware of the growing need to offer alternatives to couples who are going through marital breakup, Sylvie Schirm obtained a coaching certificate from Concordia University. She uses these techniques in her work as a conciliator, helping couples, together with their lawyers, to resolve their differences. In addition, she offers coaching services for people who are going through a breakup in order to help them make the right decisions in difficult times.


Concordia University
Professional and Personal Coach Certificate

Quebec Bar

Université du Quebec a Montreal
LL.B. Sciences juridiques

Universidad Nacional de Cordoba Argentina
Faculty of Law


Barreau du Québec Annual Congress
Les contrats de vie commune: ce document que personne ne veut signer…
Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Cour du Québec
formation aux juges sur l’enrichissement injustifié

AIFI – Congrès
La participation de l’enfant au processus judiciaire
Ottawa, Ontario

Congrès des vétérinaires
La violence conjugale

Les conjoints de fait

81st Congress of the Association of Provincial Attorneys
Les contrats de vie commune : jusqu’à ce que la mort s’ensuive ?

Several conferences to community organizations (librairies,Réseau des femmes d’affaires, etc.) regarding rights of common-law spouses.

Quebec Court of Appeal
Child representations for Nelly Delfosse and Claire Desplan, – Judges at the Court of Appeal of Versailles, France.

Les 21e Entretiens Jacques-Cartier
Chaire Jean-Louis Baudouin
La représentation des enfants devant les tribunaux – L’enfant : un client exigeant !

Barreau de Montréal, Oratory Debates
Member of the jury for finalists: Joint Custody: should it be the norm?

Conference on conjugal violence organized by the Regroupement provincial des maisons d’hébergement et de transition pour femmes et enfants victimes de violence conjugale, Is the Mother’s Best Interest Opposed to the Child’s Best Interests?

National Judicial Institute, Family Law Program,
The Child as a Witness
Halifax, Nova Scotia

National Family Law Program
The Child as a Witness,
Charlevoix, Quebec

International Institute for Child Rights and Development,
Vancouver, British Colombia

Barreau du Québec, Service de la formation permanente,
Développements récents en droit familial,
Montréal, Sainte-Foy, Sherbrooke

Barreau du Québec, Service de la formation permanente,
La représentation de l’enfant en droit de la famille

Family Law Association of Quebec
Indemnity under 1016 C.C.Q.: Careful! Not Only for Common-law spouses…

Conferences at the Centre des femmes of Laval, and the CLSC Mille-Iles.

Court Process for Victims of Partner Abuse
Sexual Assault Response Team
Cornwall, Ontario

Canadian Bar Association
Conference re experts and ethics in custody cases

Jewish Family Services
Training for school counsellors

University of Sherbrooke, Les journées de formation pluridisciplinaire Charles-Coderre,
Intervention sociojudiciaire et famille

Family Law Association of Quebec
Child Representation

Quebec Congress of Provincial Attorneys
Child Representation – A Practical Guide

Superior Court Judges Annual Conference
Child testimony
Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Family Law Association of Quebec
Conjugal violence

Centre of Family Resources of Quebec
Information session regarding conjugal violence and its judicial consequences

Centre for Women’s Studies and Feminist Research
“Feminist Film Making and Social Activism”
Knowing Politics – Between Feminist Theory and Feminist Activism,
London, Ontario

Federation of Jewish Family Services
Confronting Domestic Violence

Gujarati Samaj of Montreal
Marriage contracts and matrimonial regimes for South-Asian families

Workshop on Violence towards women

Quebec Bar Congress
Practical Guide for practitioners in conjugal violence

II World Congress on Violence and Human Co-Existence
Are we better prepared to deal with the phenomenon of conjugal violence?

Liberal Party of Quebec
Participated at Round Table on Conjugal Violence

“Immigrant Women and Conjugal Violence”
Conference organized by Flora Tristan

“Combatting Family Violence: The South Asian Experience in Canada”

CONFERENCES - International

La Sorbonne, Paris, 1998
Congrès international du droit et de la santé mentale

Mobility and the Needs of Children 0-3 years old

United States
Las Vegas 2004
NACC, 27th National Children’s Law Conference

Representing Children, Families, and Agencies

San Antonio, Texas 2004
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

41st Annual Conference
The Child as a Witness: In Whose Best Interest?


Family Law Association of Quebec
Honoured by the Family Law Association for contributions to the practice of family law, 2002

President of the Family Law Association of Quebec, 1997-1999

Involvement with various committees, namely Liaison Committee with the Superior Court, Quebec Bar Family Law Committee, Committee on Specialisation (Montreal Bar) and many sub-committees, 1997-1999

Member of the Board of Directors of the Family Law Association of Quebec, 1993

Court of Appeal
Pleadings before the Court of Appeal against the Minister of Revenue in order to obtain the right for alimentary creditors to execute judgments; granted; intervention by the Quebec Bar Association and the Family Law Association of Quebec, 2003

Representing the Regroupement provincial des maisons d’hébergement (Jenkins c. La Reine) in a request to intervene before the Court of Appeal in order to make representations regarding sentencing, 1991

Quebec Bar Committee
Member of the Quebec Bar Committee on Child Representation

Court Process for Victims of Partner Abuse
Court Process for Victims of Partner Abuse – Conference
Cornwall, Sexual Assault Response
Team, 2003

McGill University
Replacement teacher at McGill University, School of Social Work. Course on conjugal violence, 1996

Training (workshops)
Training in Collaborative Law, 2003


Association internationale francophone des intervenants auprès des familles séparées, L’enfant roi, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2013

La préparation du témoin, Editions Yvon Blais Inc., co-authored with Marie-Christine Kirouack.

Contributor to CCH, Droit de la famille.

Être conjoints de fait : pour une vie à deux sans soucis… Tout ce que vous devez (absolument!) savoir sur l’union libre au Québec, publié chez Québec-Amérique

La liquidation des successions – Volume 1 2009
Éditions Yvon Blais

Questions de ressources humaines en milieu juridique – Volume 2 2009
Éditions Yvon Blais

La diffamation – Volume 3 2009
Éditions Yvon Blais

LegisPratique – Droit de la famille
Jurisprudence en tableaux
Lexis Nexis

Colloque « Développements récents en droit familial », Sherbrooke, L’enrichissement sans cause

Association de médiation du Québec – Atelier concernant l’implication des enfants dans le processus judiciaire et dans la médiation.

Barreau du Québec, Formation permanente, séminaire de deux jours, Droit de la famille : Pratique, astuces, et techniques de survie

L’exercice de l’autorité parentale : mariage à trois pour l’éducation ? Développements récents en droit familial (2004), Cowansville, Yvon Blais Inc., 2004, 1-26.

La représentation des enfants en matière familiale, Yvon Blais Inc., 2004, 290 p.

Co-auteure, “La représentation des enfants en matière familiale: leurs droits, leur avenir”, Ed. Yvon Blais Inc.

Congrès des avocats de province, La représentation des enfants devant la Cour supérieure : Guide pratique, Laval, Québec

Congrès du Barreau du Québec, Guide pratique pour les praticiens en violence conjugale.