Gerald S. Yemensky B.A. LL.B

Gerald S. Yemensky Divorce Lawyer

Curriculum Vitae

Gerald Yemensky was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1986.

Since that time, he has maintained a private practice in Ottawa in conjunction with the law firm Campbell Clark Yemensky. Gerald focuses primarily on family law arbitration, mediation and collaborative family law.

He is actively involved in the County of Carleton Law Association and the Family Bar Association.

Gerald currently serves as a Director for Collaborative Practice Ottawa and has served as a Director of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. He is also an active member of the Ottawa Association of Family Arbitrators.

Gerald has been guest lecturer for several community and professional organizations on topics that include:

  • Alternative resolution of family disputes
  • Family law in Ontario
  • Division of property upon divorce
  • Family separation and its impact on children
  • Spousal and child support in Ontario

He has taught courses in Family Law and Civil Procedure at Algonquin College and has served as an instructor for the Bar Admission course for the Law Society of Upper Canada and at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

Gerald has acted as a mediator in family matters since 1992 and is an active member of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. He has been a fully accredited Arbitrator since 2008, has acted as Collaborative Family Counsel since 2003, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Collaborative Practice Ottawa.

Gerald is an authority on international adoption and serves as counsel for the Children’s Bridge, the largest international adoption facilitator in Canada ( He is past- president of the Children’s Bridge Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to assisting children abroad (

Gerald is a regular commentator on family legal issues on Dawg FM in Ottawa. Follow the link to hear commentary on various issues in family law.

When the sun goes down, Gerald cranks up the Stratocaster as lead guitar for the Verdict, a band of mostly lawyers who perform regularly at charity and fundraising functions in the Ottawa region. The Verdict was honoured by the County of Carleton Law Association in 2006 with the Gordon F. Henderson award in recognition of exceptional contributions to the community for its ten year history of raising funds for worthy causes.