THEY SAY EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER. I know this to be true. I have spent years negotiating and litigating divorce cases. But I will be the first to admit I did not truly understand the terrible toll divorce takes on a person.
Until it happened to me.
I felt what you feel. The pain. The loss. The anger. The despair. Some days I didn’t want to get out of bed. I lost the colour in the world for a long time. Many things changed. Many times I said I never imagined this would happen to me. But it did. And there was nothing I could do about it. And it didn’t matter whether I thought it was fair.
I now have memories I will always carry with me. I will always remember my young son asking me why his family can’t all live together under one roof. I wish I could say I had a perfect answer for that. I didn’t. I did the best I could. I hope it was enough.
I am here to tell you divorce is one of the worst things a person can experience. It is a wound. But it is up to you to determine whether that wound will be the end of you. Wounds heal. And the scars they leave never go away. That is as it should be. Because you are not the same person after a divorce.
But those scars do not have to define the rest of your life. It is my job to help you through it so you can begin the long road to recovery from this life-changing event.
I continue to be proud to help clients negotiate and litigate to obtain favourable results when they are divorcing, seeking custody and access for their children, dividing property, and applying for child support and spousal support. I know when to settle, mediate or argue a case at trial at all levels in British Columbia. I believe each case requires careful decision making to get the best results. I know it takes long hours, determination and tenacity to succeed. I enjoy helping clients navigate the often emotionally charged issues in family law. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction then receiving thanks from a happy client who has obtained a favourable result.
I continue to be asked why I practice in this area of law, particularly now. It is acrimonious. It is challenging. But it is also an opportunity to help someone who is going through one of the worst times in their lives. As I have. I get a lot of satisfaction from that.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours, with distinction), History/English, 2002, University of Victoria;
Master of Journalism, 2004, University of British Columbia;
Bachelor of Laws, 2008, University of British Columbia; and
Member of the Law Society of British Columbia in good standing since May, 2009.
Results matter when it is about your family