Kirstin Menzies, Lawyer

I have focused my practice on the out of court resolution of family law matters since 2013.  I believe that these processes promote the healthiest outcomes possible for all those involved in separation and divorce; in particular, the children.  I have extensive experience in negotiated and Collaborative settlements of family law cases involving parenting arrangements, division of family property and debts, and support issues.  

I am compassionate and effective, and welcome the opportunity to assist my clients in settling their family law matters as efficiently as possible, on their own terms, all while retaining control of the process; all hallmarks of Collaborative Law.  

If you are looking for a Collaborative divorce lawyer, I invite you to contact me to schedule a consultation.  I can help you find the process that is best suited to resolving your unique separation.

CONTACT INFORMATION

FIRM / BUSINESS NAME: Menzies Family Law
ADDRESS: 301-1321 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 0B6
PHONE: (250) 940-2088
FAX:
EMAIL: kirstin@menziesfamilylaw.ca
WEBSITE: http://menziesfamilylaw.ca/

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Collaborative Divorce Vancouver - Member (2013-present); Board of Directors (2015-16)
BC Collaborative Roster Society (2015-present)
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (2013-present)
Collaborative Family Separation Professionals - Victoria (2017-present)

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

Lawyer - Law Society of British Columbia (since 2007)
Collaborative Lawyer - BC Collaborative Roster Society (since 2015)
Family Law Mediator - Accredited by the Law Society of British Columbia (since 2014)

GENERAL COMMENTS

I have practiced family law since my call to the bar of British Columbia in August 2007.  I graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology prior to attending law school at the University of British Columbia.  After living and working in the Vancouver area for 10 years following law school, in 2017 I returned home to Vancouver Island and established Menzies Family Law in Victoria. 

I am experienced and skilled as an advocate, having appeared in both the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia in separation and divorce cases.  However, I observed that going to court, although sometimes necessary, often produced disappointing results for families.  The adversarial process can further fuel existing conflict.  So, I decided to pursue further training, and since 2013 have been qualified as a Family Law Mediator and Collaborative Law Professional.  I was admitted as a member of the BC Collaborative Roster Society in 2015, which requires committment to training and work annually, in Collaborative Practice. 

I live in the West Shore of Victoria, BC, and am able to serve clients throughout Greater Victoria, Vancouver Island, and Vancouver.  I’m a mother of two young children and my favourite things include their laughter, coffee, rare moments of solitude, and being outside near the water. 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Lawyer

EDUCATION

Professional Education
Juris Doctor - University of British Columbia
Undergraduate Education
Bachelor of Science, Psychology - University of Victoria

COLLABORATIVE TRAINING

YearTraining TypeInstructorHours
2005Collaborative Law Seminar at UBCNancy Cameron / Susan Gamache30
2012Family Law Mediation Level ILisa Alexander24
2012Getting Started in Interdisciplinary Collaborative PracticeNancy Cameron / Susan Gamache24
2013Family Violence Screening TrainingHilary Linton14
2013IACP Forum and Pre-Forum InstituteVarious20
2013Family Law Mediation Level IIILisa Alexander24
2013Family Law Mediation Level IILisa Alexander24
2014IACP Form and Pre-Forum InstituteVarious20
2014Overcoming ImpasseCatherine Conner / Randy Cheek12
2015Adult Attachment Style During Relationship Breakdown - A Roadmap for Collaborative ProfessionalsLisa Alexander & Yuval Berger6
2015Promoting Resilience in Stressed FamiliesGabor Mate5
2015Training for Pro Bono Collaborative Divorce ProjectBC Collaborative Roster Society4
2017From Infafatuation to Divorce: Understanding Stages and Unconscious Patterns in RelationshipsDr. Sue Goldswain and John Boland7
2018 Addictions: A Family ProblemCollaborative Family Separation Professionals (Victoria)6