Thank you for taking the time to find out more about me and how I can help you.
I have 15 years of experience practising family law in the Ottawa area, with expertise in all areas, including negotiating and litigating custody and access issues, financial matters, and child and spousal support issues. I have extensive experience in dealing with family law matters by way of alternative dispute resolution, including cooperative negotiation, mediation, and collaborative practice. I have recently restricted my practice to these areas as, in my view, spouses and parents are increasingly using these methods to resolve their family law disputes, as they are generally faster, less expensive, and result in more creative solutions for the family than litigation. I am a certified collaborative lawyer and accredited family mediator (OAFM). These services are described in more detail on this website.
I hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and obtained my law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2003. I articled with a local firm and practised in all areas of litigation, including family law. In 2006 I accepted a position with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa as legal counsel, representing the Society in child protection proceedings. I then returned to private practice in 2007, first with Victor Ages Vallance and then with Galarneau & Associates. My practice focuses solely on Family Law, Mediation, and Collaborative Family Law.
My goal, as your advocate, is to help you resolve your legal matter in the way that works best for you and your family. My objective is to do so while keeping your costs as low as possible while providing you with first-rate legal representation. At your initial consultation, I would be pleased to answer any additional questions you may have with respect to my fees and payment structure.
In order to provide you with the best legal representation possible, it’s important for you to tell me your story, and to feel comfortable in doing so. You can rest assured that your information will be treated on a strictly confidential basis.
I look forward to meeting you and discussing how I can help. Please call 613-225-6411 to schedule your consultation.