A Family Law Firm in Whitby

Professional, trusted, and experienced family lawyers for life’s
biggest changes.

At Snell Balka Scovino, our goal is to guide clients through life’s difficult transitions, including separation and divorce. By providing practical and reasonable solutions, our lawyers will help alleviate the stress and complication of family law challenges.

About Us

SBS Lawyers

Founded in 1986, SBS is a family law firm located in downtown Whitby. Our skilled lawyers and mediators have decades of experience helping clients resolve family law matters in a respectful and timely manner.

Why Choose Us


Our lawyers have extensive experience in all areas of family law. We are knowledgeable and skillful at representing our clients through the collaborative process, mediation, arbitration, and court litigation.



Our efforts have earned us a reputation as reliable and effective lawyers. Our lawyers and mediator are well-respected and trusted within the legal community.

Focused on You

We are dedicated to finding solutions that work best for each client. Our practical but compassionate approach provides clients with the information they need to make informed, realistic, and cost-effective decisions.

Our Services

Family Law Litigation

When negotiation fails–or is not possible–we can guide you and represent you through the court process.

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Separation Agreements

A written contract covering how you and your former spouse or partner will deal with issues stemming from your Separation.

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Collaborative Law

A resolution process where parties work together cooperatively–with their lawyers–to find a solution to their issues outside of court.

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Mediation / Arbitration

Mediation allows the parties to be involved directly in the solution-process, rather than having a stranger decide what is best for your family.

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Cohabitation Agreement

A written contract entered into by parties prior to cohabiting which covers how all financial issues will be dealt with in the event the relationship comes to an end.

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Marriage Contract

Also known as a Prenuptial Agreement, this is a written contract entered into between parties who intend to marry.

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Legal Coaching/Unbundled Services

A process that allows the client to pick and choose the legal services they need for their particular situation.

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Adoption: the legal process where individuals permanently take on the responsibility of caring for and raising a child.

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Obtaining a Divorce

Often the final step in a family law matter, this occurs a minimum of one year after a separation, and typically after the signing of a Separation Agreement, or the issuance of a Final Order or Minutes of Settlement.

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Child Protection/CAS

We offer representation in situations where parties are voluntarily involved with the Children’s Aid Society or are involved in child protection court.

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Mental Health Law

In addition to family law, our firm offers criminal mental health law services.

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Independent Legal Advice (ILA)

A process where we can review a Separation Agreement, Domestic Contract, or Marriage Contract prepared by another lawyer with you.

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Appointments can be made with us to have documents notarized or commissioned, including travel consents or providing certified copies of documents.

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Other Services

As a family law firm with decades of family law experience, we are prepared for any family law matter that comes through our doors.

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What our clients are saying

“I have used this firm for the past 6 years to act on my behalf for my family law matters. They have dealt with my matters very professionally. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone in need of legal advice or representation.”

— E.G.

Sandra Scovino

What can I say about this phenomenal lawyer, who exceeded our expectations throughout this very exhausting and frustrating process? We would wholeheartedly recommend her for any Family Law matter. We have worked with Sandra for a few years at no fault of hers. Sandra worked very efficiently and achieved results without ever compromising our or our grandson’s best interest. Sandra reminds you what’s really important when your emotions may be getting the best of you. We came to Sandra looking for help with our very complex matter before the court concerning grandparents’ rights!

From our initial meeting on, we knew she was the lawyer for us and so grateful to have her on our side. Grandparent rights involving custody is difficult and extremely stressful, so having Sandra with us each step of the way was a god sent.

We could not have asked for a more knowledgeable, professional, compassionate lawyer. From start to finish Sandra made us feel confident and comfortable in the process. As a result of Sandra’s hard work, she has helped us keep our grandson best interest front and center. Sandra and her team are extremely responsive and puts their client’s best interests first. We are grateful to have had her through this process. We would highly recommend Sandra Scovino to anyone!

— T.H.

I have had the pleasure of working with Sandra Scovino and staff at Snell Balka Scovino since 2015 for family law services. Sandra went above and beyond to help me with my separation and continues to do so. Every encounter was very professional. My case was handled with care, expertise and in a very timely manner. I recommend anyone looking for a family law lawyer to this firm.

— A. K.

I would like to personally thank Linda Manner for holding my hand through this whole ordeal. Linda made my experience bearable.

Sebastian Duff got the papers executed and filed. Linda was there every step of the way, I cannot thank her enough.

Linda listened, guided, and supported me in a way that no one else could. It was a pleasure to work with Linda throughout my emotional family matter. It has been four years since I received my Final Order, and still today I am treated with kid gloves.

I went from thinking I was going to be homeless, to owning my home outright, free and clear. That is security!

— B.S.

“I have been dealing with Sebastian for almost 6 years and he has been nothing but a true professional throughout my entire matter.

His assistant Linda has been amazing and was always willing to help where she was able. I would highly recommend Snell Balka Scovino!”

— R.P.

“Sandra Scovino is extremely knowledgeable, smart and personable. She is honest and I value her candidness. Great qualities that are hard to come by in lawyers today. All staff were very welcoming, understanding and sympathetic to our very complex situation. I would highly recommend a lawyer from this firm.”

— F.A.

“My experience the past few years with SBS Lawyers has been positive.

I felt heard and always treated respectfully.

My lawyer Sebastian Duff, as well as [support staff], Linda and Amanda, have all been informative, kind, patient, and caring which was very much appreciated during a difficult time.

Thank you again for always going above and beyond. It is refreshing during this fast paced world to receive your time, not feel rushed and receive professionalism from down to earth nice people.”

— J.H.

“Sandra has been my family lawyer for 10+ years. From Day 1 she has been honest and straight to the point. Letting me know what I needed to hear not what I wanted to hear. I respect and appreciate all she has done for me. She has counselled me through the tough times in court and on an emotional level. A lawyer with a heart. At the end of the day Sandra does what is most important - provides her expertise in what is best for the child. Thank you!”

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