Kristin McDonald is a Calgary family lawyer with a strong background in conflict resolution and an interest in high conflict separations. Drawing upon a decade of experience working in human resources, she addresses interpersonal conflicts between separating partners with a unique blend of compassion and resolve that enables her to support clients effectively through difficult family law matters.
Prioritizing Amicable Approaches in Family Law
Kristin prioritizes alternative dispute resolution, working with clients to achieve amicable resolutions through negotiation, mediation, or arbitration. However, when circumstances necessitate court intervention, she is an accomplished advocate, fiercely representing her clients' interests.
Kristin also has an interest in pension requirements affecting property division in the event of family breakdown. Pensions, often one of the most valuable yet overlooked assets in a marriage, can become a point of contention during legal disputes. Kristin can help you fully understand your options, so you can take proactive steps to mitigate conflict and avoid unnecessary legal expenses in the future—allowing you to focus on your upcoming retirement instead.
Cost-Effective, Client-Centred Solutions
Having a passion for problem solving, Kristin strives to provide fair, practical, and cost-effective solutions for all her clients. She is committed to working in client-centered partnership to meet her clients' goals in the best interests of their family. Kristin can help you understand, determine, and walk down the best path to resolve your family law matters.
Her areas of expertise include:
- High-conflict divorces and separations
- Parenting, including high-conflict situations
- Child and spousal support
- Family property division
- Drafting separation, prenuptial, postnuptial, and cohabitation agreements
- Emergency protection orders and restraining orders
Committed to Community & Professional Growth
Kristin is a former committee co-chair for the Women’s Legal Forum, and she has regularly volunteered with the Women’s Centre legal advice clinic and Calgary Legal Guidance. Kristin is committed to continuous learning and often attends professional education courses, to ensure she stays up to date on current caselaw and trends that add to her skillset and expertise in family law.
Outside of her legal career, Kristin enjoys traveling, making terrible art, and snuggling up with her cats (yes, plural!), and a glass of wine.
Going to court to fight to be with your family is one the most difficult experiences you can go through. Kristin McDonald helped me navigate all of it from start to finish. She took the time to understand my personal situation and helped me chart a path forward. I truly cannot say enough to express how grateful I am that she was my lawyer.
- Juris Doctor, Law, University of Calgary
- Business Management, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
- Certified Human Resources Professional
- Certificate Human Resources Management, University of Calgary
- Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of Calgary (honours)
Blogs by Kristin
While most people consider making a will for estate planning purposes, the equally (arguably more) important purpose of a will is the appointment of a guardian for your children in the case of incapacity or death.
In many ways, the Federal Child Support Guidelines have simplified the determination of monthly child support payments and the proportion of extraordinary expenses each parent is responsible for paying.
Often when individuals are in the midst of a relationship breakdown, or are growing weary of a protracted separation, they can make impulsive decisions about the shared and/or personal property of their ex-partner that is in their possession.