#410-688 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC V6B 1P1
#410-688 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC V6B 1P1
I know that legal proceedings can sometimes be overwhelming. I am dedicated to providing you help in language that you can understand. If you do not feel like you understand your options, just ask, and we will work together to find the best solution that works for you.
The first step is for us to work with you and come up with a plan to get the results you need. As a Collaborative Divorce practitioner, a mediator, and a family litigator, I draw experience from all areas of family law to assist my clients in navigating their unique, family situation. Through my understanding of the law and your understanding of the circumstances, we will craft a path to success.
Don't wait! Contact me for an initial consultation. Let me help you figure out what your best next steps are. The sooner you have a plan of action, the better your chances of taking the correct steps to get the results you want.
Call us a 778-788-5712 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Collaborative Divorce is an effective alternative to the traditional, adversarial litigation approach to family separation. The separated parties work together with their lawyers and team of professionals to come to a resolution that works for their unique situation. For more information on the Collaborative Divorce process, click here.
In mediation, a mediator will host and facilitate a discussion between two or more people to assist them in coming to a resolution. The mediation process takes place outside of court, and can provide a safe, confidential environment for each person to speak freely. Mediators are unbiased professionals that will not make decisions for you. For more information about mediation, click here.
Most family matters can be resolved by way of a comprehensive agreement. I have extensive experience in drafting all manner of Agreements including, but not limited to:
For more information on Family Agreements, click here.
Sometimes it is impossible to avoid going to court, particularly in cases of child protection, alienation, and spousal/child support. Preparing for court can be a daunting process, but I am here to lead you through the process in an organized way. For more information on family litigation, click here.
Let me assist you in growing your family through adoption. For more information, click here.
Let me assist you in obtaining your uncontested divorce. For more information, click here.
When separated parties agree to resolve their family dispute within the Collaborative Process, the parties are agreeing that:
When separated parties enter into the Collaborative Process they sign a Participation Agreement, confirming that they agree to these terms, and that if they are unable to come to a resolution they will obtain new lawyers to assist them through more conventional legal means.One of the greatest assets of the Collaborative Process is the involvement of all parties, and their lawyers, in four-way meetings. Often, lawyers will also invite parenting coaches and financial experts to participate in these meetings so that everyone can ask questions in a communal environment. This focus on collaborative resolution often leads to better emotional and financial outcomes for the parties involved, as it provides each person with an opportunity to voice their specific needs and concerns and a structured, forward-focus environment. I am a certified Collaborative Divorce practitioner, a member of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver, and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners. For more information on the Collaborative Process, click here
Mediators are trained to establish and maintain a safe, confidential, communicative process, and to help participants reach an agreement on their own. A mediator assists the participants in understanding the particular interests and concerns of the other parties, and to explore potential resolutions. They are not there to make decisions. The process is informal and private, making mediation much less stressful than court proceedings.
Generally, mediation is highly successful, cost-effective, and faster than the trial process. The entire process is considered "without prejudice" to any litigation, meaning that any statements made during mediation can not be raised in court. This allows each participant to discuss a variety of settlement options without fear that a concession in mediation could upset their litigation position.
If the participants come to a resolution or all or part of their dispute, I am able to draft their agreement into a separation agreement or court order. I have worked with participants who are represented by lawyers, and with unrepresented participants. At present, I am able to facilitate mediations in person and via Zoom.
I will also take Legal Aid (LSS) mediation referrals. To find out if you qualify for Legal Aid funding, please click here.
I am accredited as a Family Law Mediator by the Law Society of British Columbia.
Put simply, Family Agreements are contracts signed by the parties. These contracts are drafted by a lawyer, and can provide rights and obligations to the parties that can be enforced in court. There are many types of Family Agreements.
A Cohabitation/Marriage/Prenuptial Agreement can set out a property ownership regime in the event a couple separates. Additionally, these Agreements can set out restrictions and expectations for spousal support, pension division, real property ownership, etc. These Agreements are highly flexible and can be tailored to the particular needs of the couple.
Separation Agreements are drafted to crystallize the property division, spousal/child support, parenting time, etc. between spouses at the end of their relationships.
Parenting Plans are comprehensive Agreements governing how the parents will share time with their children, how they will educate them, what religious exposure they may have, along with how to manage holidays, birthdays, school events and extracurricular activities. These Agreements can provide structure for a multitude of co-parenting arrangements.
Assisted Reproduction and Donor Agreements are prepared for those individuals or couple seeking to expand their family by way of a pregnancy utilizing donated eggs or sperm. These Agreements outline the expectations, rights, and obligations of the participants who are either donating eggs or sperm, and those receiving the donated eggs or sperm. These Agreements make clear who the legal parents and guardians are of any child born by way of Assisted Reproduction, the clinical standards involved in this process and who is paying for the process, as well as any financial obligations that could flow from this process.
No matter what brings you to my office, my goal is to provide you with a comprehensive Agreement that reflects your position, and to ensure that you are comfortable and confident with any Agreement you sign.
I have represented clients in both the Provincial and Supreme Courts in obtaining protection orders to safeguard their children against abuse. I have worked alongside the Ministry of Family and Social Development to ensure that my clients and their children can live their lives feeling safe and protected.
I have experience working with financial experts, business valuators, actuaries, and pension valuators to determine the value of family assets and excluded property. This streamlines the court process.
I have brought a number of applications in both the Provincial and Supreme Courts seeking child and spousal support on behalf of my clients. I have experience in imputing income, or assessing income from multiple sources. I have experience in obtaining orders relating to adult, disabled dependants, as well as reductions in child support arrears.
Parental alienation is a distressing situation. I have brought applications seeking declarations of alienation. I have worked with expert, child psychologists to obtain reports. I have succeeding in having my clients and their families enrol in parental reunification programs. These are complex cases, and I am here to help navigate you through the process.
I have assisted clients on both sides of this issue: both defending a right to relocate; and, opposing a proposed relocation. I will work with you to ensure that the best interests of your child is the focus of the issue.
The most common types of adoptions are:
Let me help you in expanding your unique family by working with your adoption agency to ensure a smooth process.
I am happy to assist you in obtaining an order of divorce. At present, I offer the following flat rate fees:
I grew up in Vancouver, BC, and obtained my undergraduate degree in Classical Studies from UBC. I attended Osgoode Hall Law School, where I obtained my juris doctorate in 2013.
Since 2013, I have practiced predominantly in the field of Family Law. I have represented clients in the provincial, supreme, and appeal courts of British Columbia.
After working extensively in litigation, I turned my focus towards mediation and Collaborative Practice, finding that these alternative dispute resolution methods provided better outcomes for my clients and their families.
I obtained my certification in family mediation in 2020, as well as my Collaborative Divorce qualification. Since then, I have been a zealous advocate for family-focused settlement.
When not working, I am often skiing, cycling, or playing with my dog, Pepper.