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Christine Doucet

Partner

For me, the most rewarding part of a family law practice is seeing a client several months or years after I have represented them, witnessing their peace and contentment, and knowing that I had a part to play in the transition.

About

One of the founding partners of MDW Law, Christine is a leading family lawyer and family mediator.  Christine’s practical approach to problem-solving and background in communications has provided her a unique foundation and impressive track record.  Christine was honoured to be included in the prestigious Best Lawyers in Canada listing commencing in 2020.

Christine’s niche is within the financial aspects of family law, particularly where business interests are involved.  In addition to her client work, she facilitates a program offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia (ICANS) on ‘Entrepreneurs and Divorce’ and is a sought-after panelist for discussions relating to the interaction of family law and business.

A natural communicator, Christine spent several years as a journalist before changing course and completing her law degree from Dalhousie University in 2001.  From there, she headed west, spending time articling for a national firm in Toronto and then to Vancouver where she practiced commercial litigation for several years before returning to the East Coast as a legal recruiter.  When the opportunity to mentor under Mary Jane McGinty in the area of family law presented itself in 2008, it wasn’t long before the two had formed the foundation of what is now MDW Law.

Christine received her mediation training in 2019 through Riverdale Mediation in Toronto.

Christine has contributed to many committees and boards, including her current role with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) Liaison Committee, and past rolls chairing the Public Relations and Communications Committee of CBA-NS and as president of the Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Nova Scotia.  She has facilitated numerous courses, including ‘News Media and the Courts’ at the University of Kings’ College School of Journalism, ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’ for the NS Barrister’s Society skills course, and has routinely been a volunteer instructor with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) Parent Information Program.

Described as authentic, sincere and hard-working, her fierce dedication to her clients and practice are balanced with her love of yoga and time in nature with her family and their dog, Mersey.

Education

LL.B.
Dalhousie Law School, 2001

Bachelor of Journalism
Carleton University, 1996

Bar Admissions

Nova Scotia, 2006
Ontario, 2002
British Columbia, 2002

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