• What happens to my pension? Cottage? Business?
  • How am I going to get through this?
  • When will I stop feeling sad? Ashamed?
  • How will we split everything?
  • How will we tell the children?
  • What will everyone think?
  • What about the kids?
  • Does it have to be a big court battle?
  • Do we have to sell the house?
  • How am I going to pay the bills?
Chapman McAlpine Law
Credentials & Experience

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) majoring in Psychology (Queen's University)

Collaborative Training - Level 1

Bachelor of Laws (Queen's University)

The Collaborative Advtange

Allison McAlpine

Allison grew up in Orillia, Ontario. She graduated from Queen’s University and received an Honours Degree in Psychology, graduating with distinction. Allison then attended Law School at Queen’s University, fulfilling her childhood dream to become a lawyer. While attending law school, she worked at a high-volume real estate law firm in Kingston, Ontario, where Allison learned the importance of attention to detail to the practice of law and managing a high volume case load.

After graduating law school, Allison articled, and continued as an associate, at a litigation boutique firm in Waterloo, Ontario until March 2012. She had a varied practice in Waterloo, including general civil litigation, employment law, criminal law, real estate law, construction liens and will drafting. However, family law was the main focus of Allison’s practice in Waterloo, both on a cooperative (i.e., negotiating separation agreements) and litigation-based basis. During her time in Waterloo, Allison was heavily involved in four appellate matters, including at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

In March of 2012, Allison eagerly joined the Galbraith Family Law team. Allison’s practice is restricted to family law matters and drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney for clients. She appreciates that the legal and non-legal issues in her client’s family law matter affect the most important aspects of her client’s life, such as their income and how support will affect cash-flow, property division for assets that have been accumulated sometimes over a lengthy period of time, and most importantly, their relationship and time with their children. Allison’s first goal in any file is to negotiate issues outside of the court process either cooperatively or collaboratively if possible, and to use Court as a last resort due to the cost and stress to clients inherent in the Court process.

Allison is delighted to have returned to Simcoe County. In her spare time, Allison enjoys reading, attending concerts, learning new skills (currently learning to play guitar), and spontaneous road trips discovering the beauty and adventure characteristic of Canada.

Collaborative Practice is the best process for separating couples as it results in less acrimony, faster resolution, less stress, longer lasting resolution, and lower costs as well as a transparent process where both parties are fully informed and actively participate.

— Allison McAlpine

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