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This directory of Collaborative professionals in Edmonton and area provides the quickest and easiest way to find the qualified professionals you need to obtain a divorce or separation without going to court and needing to deal with all the associated costs and stress.
No two people will need the same support — you may need a collaboratively trained divorce lawyer and a financial planner, another couple may need a family specialist for counselling services and a divorce coach. Yet another couple may just need a family law lawyer who knows how to help a couple through a collaborative divorce.
Divorce Coaches are licensed therapists who have specialized training in the area of divorce/separation. They help clients address intense emotional issues that often create barriers in settling disputes during this challenging time. They will assist the individual by providing them with resources, education, and information, while helping develop positive stress management, effective communication, and conflict-resolution skills. Divorce Coaches can also assist with clarifying the individual’s needs, interests, and concerns to prepare them to advocate for themselves in team meetings. This keeps the process moving forward, but also supports the development of long-term healthy coping as the family continues to live in two-households.
You have multiple search options (All, Family Lawyers, Financial Professionals, Family Specialists). You can also search by Postal Code if you are interested in “finding a Collaborative Professional in my area”, or by name and keyword.
I am a lawyer, mediator and Registered Collaborative Family Lawyer in private practice with the firm of Gordon Zwaenepoel in Edmonton, Alberta. Since my admission to the Alberta bar in 1995, I have practiced solely family law with a focus on children.
Before private practice, I worked with Alberta Justice and the Family Law Office of Legal Aid, where I developed a depth of experience in family cases. In private practice since 2010, I now am appointed by the court to represent children in high conflict custody cases, and other complex litigation relating to children. I most enjoy assisting parents in mediation settings and in collaborative family law.
I have authored articles and presented locally and nationally on a range of issues relating to children’s participation in family cases, children rejecting a parent and parenting disputes. I also teach at the law faculty, and at the National Judicial Institute.
I am also active with the Canadian Bar Association locally and nationally, as past Chair of the National Legal Aid Liaison Committee, member of the National Access to Justice Committee and Past Chair of the National Family Section of the CBA in 2014/15. I helped draft Reaching Equal Justice released by the CBA in 2013 and continue to participate in national working groups aiming to achieve the access to justice goals set out in the report.
I was honored in 2014 as a recipient of the Women in Law Leadership Award and received my Queen’s Counsel appointment in 2016.
When going through a Collaborative Family Law (CFL) process, it is important to have a team of professionals to support both parties in reaching a fair and equitable settlement. One key member of this team is the neutral financial professional.
Divorce is a challenging time that can be emotionally overwhelming for everyone involved. The process can become even more complicated when there are disputes over property, finances, and child custody. However…
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