Family & Collaborative Law

Introduction

At Clarke Johnston Estabrooks & Miller, we approach law with your family’s best interests in mind.

A divorce or separation requires a settlement of affairs. There are four ways to approach the task:

  1. Collaborative Law
  2. Negotiation by lawyers
  3. Mediation
  4. Court processes

Through whichever process you feel will best meet your needs, we will defend your interests and seek resolution.

 

What is the Family Law Division?

In 1994, The Queen's Bench (Family Law Division) Amendment Act established a Family Law Division, which handles all family law matters. There are judges of the Court of Queen's Bench appointed specifically to sit as judges of the Family Law Division. At present these judges are located in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

Government Resources
  1. Courts of Saskatchewan
Why Use Collaborative Law?

Collaborative Law is often a better solution because:

  • It is based on open communication
  • It can provide a greater sense of satisfaction
  • It can be less time consuming that going to court
  • It can be less expensive than going to court
  • A collaborative solution often results in a better long-term result
  • A skilled legal advisor guides you through every step of the process

Maureen Dumonceaux

Maureen S. Dumonceaux was born in Vancouver, B.C. and did her undergraduate work at Simon Fraser University. She moved to Saskatchewan in 1983. In 1986 she obtained her LL.B. with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. Maureen articled with Saskatchewan Justice and was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1987.

She has also served on the Board of Revision, which hears tax assessment appeals for the City of Regina from 1997-2008.

Maureen practices in the areas of family law, wills and estates and real estate. In addition to practicing law, Maureen is active in the operation of a family farm.

In 2020, Maureen was designated ‘of counsel’ to the firm.

Dallas Smith

Dallas is an associate with Clarke Johnston Estabrooks & Miller.  She maintains a broad-based litigation practice, with a focus on civil and family matters.  She also handles wills & estates, real estate and criminal law matters.

Dallas obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, minoring in Computer Science, from the University of Calgary in 2005. She then completed her Bachelor of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 2008, and was called to the bar in Saskatchewan in 2009.  Dallas has worked at both large and small private firms, and just prior to joining Clarke Johnston Estabrooks & Miller in early 2020, spent seven years engaged in securities litigation at a treasury board crown corporation for the Province.

Dallas has represented clients before all levels of court in Saskatchewan, as well as at the Federal Court of Appeal.  She also has experience as an adjudicator, having served as a Hearing Officer on behalf of the Office of Residential Tenancies.