Catherine L. Spafford

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Catherine L. Spafford

Catherine L. Spafford

Catherine understands the devastating impact that separation and divorce can have on families. As a lawyer, she endeavors to mitigate that impact by providing practical advice and crafting long-term solutions that allow her clients to move forward with dignity. She believes that the best results are achieved when her clients are empowered with the knowledge necessary to make their own choices, rather than leaving important decisions about their children, finances and future in the hands of a judge.

Where settlement is not possible, Catherine is an articulate litigator with experience in both Provincial Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench. Catherine has successfully argued applications relating to custody, access, child support, spousal support, grandparent contact, guardianship rights, termination of guardianship, imputation of income and division of property, including corporate assets. She also drafts and provides independent legal advice on separation agreements, pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements.

In addition to her work as a litigator, Catherine is a Registered Collaborative Family Lawyer. Collaborative Law is a process that allows families to work through their issues in a private forum with the assistance of a team of professionals with one common goal: to find a resolution that addresses your specific needs, values and interests without going to court.

Catherine was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and graduated from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law in 2010. During law school, she volunteered with the Canadian Bar Association and achieved first place in the American Bar Association’s Negotiation competition.

Following her legal studies, Catherine articled at a boutique civil litigation firm on Bay Street where she gained experience in a range of practice areas. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011 and then began her practice with a family law firm in Toronto specializing in divorces with complex property issues and high net-worth individuals. She then moved to Alberta and continued and continued practicing family law.

Catherine was called to the Alberta Bar in 2013 and joined Gordon Zwaenepoel in 2017. She has volunteered with Edmonton Community Legal Centre, providing advice for low-income individuals with family law issues, and presenting at information sessions on the division of matrimonial property.

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