Patricia M. Hebert, Q.C.

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Patricia M. Hebert, Q.C.

Patricia M. Hebert, Q.C.

The goal of Patricia’s practice is to help families succeed through transition. Getting the right help is so important for people to separate well, for the sake of their children and themselves.

Patricia has practiced law since 1995 and has always focused on families. She has represented children and parents in unique, complex and high-conflict custody cases. She works closely with psychologists, teaches new lawyers, works on reforming the law, speaks for children in court and publishes material to educate lawyers, judges and parents on how to deal with children conscientiously in the course of a separation.

After spending many years in court, including extensive child protection and international child abduction cases, she has seen over and over again what can go wrong when parties separate and focus on their conflict instead of their kids.

As a mediator, she currently brings those skills to assisting families in problem-solving with experienced neutral guidance. She also offers child-inclusive mediation options. As a collaborative lawyer, she helps parties work effectively together to resolve all their issues in a healthy open process, which leads to more satisfactory outcomes for parents and children.

In litigation, Patricia assists through the principled representation of children, so that they have an age-appropriate way to participate in what is happening in their family and to assist the parents in arriving at good resolutions. She acts as a direct advocate for children and is also regularly court-appointed as an Amicus to support the court in making decisions about children. She taught the Representation of Children Training Program in 2005 and has published and presented many individual courses locally and nationally on this topic.

Patricia also provides consultations at any stage of a separation, to help parents choose a positive path to making good choices for the future of their children.

Patricia is a sessional instructor of law at the University of Alberta, an instructor at the National Judicial Institute and a frequent speaker, panelist and author on children’s participation in family cases. She is a founding member of the Alberta AFCC chapter, the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Kids Kottage Foundation and past chair and member of multiple provincial and national committees of the Canadian Bar Association in the areas of family law, legal aid and access to justice. She was a recipient in 2014 of Women in Law Leadership awards for her work in the community, and was recognized with the Queen’s Counsel distinction in 2016.

She can help your family succeed through separation using a child-centred approach to finding creative solutions that will work for your family and get the best possible parenting plan in place for you, while minimizing time, expense, and frustration along the way.

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