Stephanie Dobson


STEPHANIE DOBSON
Email: stephanie@meridianlawgroup.ca
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T: 780.808.8084
F: 866.210.4617

 


 

Understanding that strong emotions are involved, Stephanie Dobson helps clients view separation and divorce in perspective to move through the process more smoothly. Stephanie believes that framing divorce as a transition and not an end in itself enables clients to take an active role in making important decisions. By shifting emphasis to the future, she assists clients in defusing conflict, working through issues in a less volatile way, and achieving resolution sooner.

Stephanie is adept at handling complex cases that involve child custody, child support, division of property, and spousal support claims. She utilizes her skills as a Registered Family Mediator (specialty in Parenting and Divorce) and Registered Collaborative Lawyer (ACP – E) to expand the range of creative solutions, and keep families out of the court system. As a Registered Parenting Coordinator and Arbitrator (AFMS), Stephanie helps high conflict families develop effective co-parenting relationships for the sake of their children. Stephanie’s clients appreciate her high level of communication and responsiveness, and her adoption of cutting-edge technology that allows them to see the impact of taxes and child support numbers in real time. With every divorce, Stephanie’s goal is to minimize the emotional and financial costs by focusing on the future, staying out of court, and bringing about an efficient resolution.

In addition to her practice, Stephanie is an adult educator, focusing on teaching parents about the legal aspects of separation and divorce (including Alberta Justice’s Parenting After Separation course). She also teaches lawyers, mediators and other professionals on topics relating to the Collaborative Process, Mediation, and technology. Stephanie also enjoys being a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Law Foundation, Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association, and the Legal Education Society of Alberta.

Stephanie enjoys staying active and spending quality time with her husband and three young children.

Education

  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Victoria, Faculty of Arts, Pacific & Asian Studies (B.A. Dean’s List)
  • Doshisha University, Kyoto Japan, Japanese Language Centre
  • Hugh McRoberts High School, Dogwood Diploma (French Immersion)

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  Using Technology in Mediation and Collaborative Law – Seminar to lawyers and mediators
  • Collaborative Lawyers of Saskatchewan – AGM and Educational Seminar – March 2012
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Annual Networking & Educational Forum – October 2012
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta – Family Law Refresher Course – April 2013
  • Alberta Family Mediation Society – AGM and Educational Seminar – May 2013
  • Alberta Justice Dispute Resolution Network – Skills and Thrills Forum – September 2013
  • Gordon Zwaenepoel Law Firm – Tutorial Seminar – November 2013
  • Ontario Collaborative Law Federation – Annual Networking & Educational Forum – May 2014
Increasing Your Collaborative Practice – seminar to Collaborative Lawyers
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Annual Networking & Educational Forum – October 2013
  • Ontario Collaborative Law Federation – Annual Networking & Educational Forum – May 2014
  • Calgary Association of Collaborative Professionals - Seminar

Awards

  • Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International) – double recipient
  • Golden Key Honours Society
  • University of Victoria – Dean’s List

Memberships

Memberships
  • Active Member – Law Society of Alberta
  • Active Member – Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Member - Battleford Bar Association
  • Member - Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association
  • Member – Association of Collaborative Professionals – Edmonton
  • Member – Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Alberta – Northeast Area
  • Member – Collaborative Lawyers of Saskatchewan, Inc.
  • Member – International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Member – Family Mediation Canada
  • Member – Alberta Family Mediation Society with designations:
    • Registered Family Mediator: Separation & Divorce
    • Registered Family Mediator: Parenting
    • Practicing Mediator
  • Member – Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce
  • Member - Wainwright Chamber of Commerce
  • Member - Wainwright Downtown Business Association
  • Former Member – Rotary Club of Lloydminster
Community Engagement
  • Director - Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • Director - Alberta Law Foundation
  • President - Battleford Bar Association
  • President – Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association
  • Former Vice-Chair – Lloydminster Interval Home Society
  • Former Director – Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce