Christine Doucet


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.


Christine Doucet is the “D” in MDW Law.  Christine took the scenic route to family law, working first as a journalist, veering into a faster lane to article at a national law firm in Toronto and to practice commercial litigation in Vancouver, before finding the road home to Nova Scotia in 2006.  It was then she met Mary Jane McGinty, the founder of MDW Law, who mentored her in both family law and running a law firm.

Now an experienced and respected family lawyer, Christine has developed a niche in the financial aspects of family law including cases involving business interests.  She instructs a course offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia (ICANS) entitled Breaking Up is Hard to Do: When an Entrepreneur Gets Divorced.  She also teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution to new lawyers through the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (NSBS) Skills Course.  She is a member of the NSBS Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) Liaison Committee.  She has served on the boards of the Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA).  She is a formal and informal mentor to young women in the law.

Christine constantly strives for, and often achieves, work life balance.  She is married with two young children and a teenage stepson, who remind her every day about the important things in life, i.e. being loved, not taking yourself too seriously, and (most of all) snacks in the car.  Christine and her family are nature lovers and avid campers who escape the city most weekends from May to October to their Happy Place – a 36-foot “glamper” trailer.  They have named their Labradoodle, Mersey, after the river that runs through their favourite park, Kejimkujik.  Christine loves gardening, home improvement and all kinds of books.


Dalhousie Law School, 2001

Bachelor of Journalism
Carleton University, 1996

Bar Admissions

Nova Scotia, 2006
Ontario, 2002
British Columbia, 2002