As one of the architects of the Family Law Act, Michelle has in-depth knowledge of BC’s family law. Michelle focuses on helping couples– common law, married or same sex– who are entering or ending relationships, or who are starting a family through assisted reproduction, to understand their options under the law. She strives to help families find workable, creative and cost-effective solutions to resolve family law issues arising from separation or divorce– out of court, where possible.
Michelle is accredited by the Law Society as a family law mediator and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Victoria Bar Association. Michelle received her law degree from the University of Victoria in 2006, where she received the Horne Coupar Award for Family Law. She is a regular presenter on the Family Law Act and is a contributor to a range of education materials on family law, law reform and family violence.
Michelle’s personal experience as a single mother navigating the family justice system also provides her with a unique understanding of the issues faced by clients. When Michelle is not practising law, she can be found spending time with her loved ones, renovating houses or travelling. She grew up in the sunny Okanagan town of Summerland.