Kylie practices exclusively in Family Law assisting her clients with the full spectrum of issues that arise on family breakdown, including property division, divorce, child and spousal support, and parenting arrangements. Kylie is experienced in resolving disputes through the Court process and has appeared on behalf of her clients in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal. Kylie is also experienced in settlement negotiations and is regularly retained to assist her clients in negotiating separation agreements and parenting arrangements.
Kylie’s approach is always to find the most cost-effective resolution, while ensuring that her client’s rights and interests are protected. Kylie believes that a critical part of her job is to arm her clients with the information necessary to make informed decisions at every step. She prides herself on being creative and innovative and finding the best resolution to fit each client’s particular needs.
“In my work, the best outcomes are those that meet the unique needs of each of my clients. I love being challenged to think outside the box so that my clients can achieve an innovative legal solution, tailored to their individual needs.”
“I strive for excellence in everything I do and I believe that each client success is a result of paying close attention to the details, understanding legal complexities, and communicating effectively.”
Kylie has assisted many clients in taking this final step to resolution. Although the divorce process is often the least contentious matter in a separation, complications can arise and Kylie has the experience necessary to assist you in working through those complications.
Kylie regularly assists her clients negotiate or litigate the division of family property and debt, ranging from small asset portfolios to matters involving multi-million dollar corporations.
Child and Spousal Support
Often the most contentious issues to arise on family breakdown, Kylie has extensive experience in obtaining support orders and defending against applications for child and spousal support, including claims for retroactive support and arrears. Kylie also has experience in matters involving complex income determinations and imputing income where the paying spouse is intentionally unemployed or underemployed.
Kylie has assisted many clients in negotiating parenting arrangements that suit each client’s particular family dynamics and ensure the children’s best interests are met. Where negotiation is not possible Kylie has also litigated issues of custody, access, guardianship and relocation in both the Provincial and Supreme Courts.
Kylie has experience negotiating and drafting various kinds of agreements in the family law area, including cohabitation and separation agreements.
Education and Interests
- B.A. from Simon Fraser University, 2001
- LL.B. from the University of British Columbia, 2006
- Called to the British Columbia Bar, May 2008
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Local Government and the Duty to Consult —?Recent Developments in the Law, 2012 Presented at 9th Annual Western Canada Aboriginal Law Forum hosted by Inconference in Vancouver, BC.
Aboriginal Law Update, 2011. Prepared for conference hosted by the Pacific Business and Law Institute. Presented by Patrick G. Foy, Q.C.
“Supreme Court of Canada provides clarification of the role of regulatory tribunals in determining the adequacy of Crown consultation” (with Rick Williams), for Lexology, December 2010.
Wen:de We are Coming to the Light of Day, 2005. Co-authored Chapter 3 “Jordan’s Principle” with Kelly A. MacDonald. Publication of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada.
Professional and Civic Interests
- Coordinator of the Vernon Walk for ALS
- Volunteer, ALS Society of British Columbia
- Member, BC Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
- Past member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Vernon Association
- Past member of Lawyer’s Group, British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
- Past legal researcher for PIVOT Legal Society
- Past legal researcher for Pro Bono Students Canada