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  • What happens to my pension? Cottage? Business?
  • How am I going to get through this?
  • When will I stop feeling sad? Ashamed?
  • How will we split everything?
  • How will we tell the children?
  • What will everyone think?
  • What about the kids?
  • Does it have to be a big court battle?
  • Do we have to sell the house?
  • How am I going to pay the bills?
Patricia File Law Office
Credentials & Experience


Practice focus - Family Law & Child Protection Law

Law Degree - Queen's Law School 1983

Hon. B.Sc. (Ecology) - University of Guelph 1979

Ward 1 Member of Council for the Town of Midland



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Patricia File


Patricia File graduated from Queen’s University Law School in 1983 and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1985. She obtained an Honours Biology degree, specialization Ecology, from the University of Guelph in 1979. For over 20 years, Pat worked in law reform, policy development and public service work at all three levels of government – federal, provincial/territorial and municipal. She has been a consultant, researcher and assistant to a wide range of non-governmental organizations, as well as to Judges, an elected Member of Parliament, the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. She worked for the Court Challenges Program and assisted many equality-seeking groups in conferences, meetings and media relations for their court cases. Pat and her husband Bruce Gillies operated Sage Pastures Farm south of Midland for seven years. Since November of 2006, Pat has been in a private practice in Midland with a focus on family law and child protection law. Pat has a certificate in alternative dispute resolution and mediation training. She has Level 1 Collaborative Team Practice Training and is presently an intern with The Mediation Centre. Pat is in her second term as a Ward 1 Member of Council for the Town of Midland.
“My interest in family law springs from my work on issues of violence against women, community wellness and justice, housing and poverty. I am a parent and understand the importance of helping families achieve appropriate child custody, support and access arrangements that meet the needs of growing children and changing family situations.”
— Patricia File


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