Resolving Family Disputes Respectfully

Deirdre Prestage Severide

Contact Information

BUSINESS NAME:    Severide Law/Seachange Collaborative Divorce
ADDRESS: #201 - 5027 47A Avenue Delta BC V4K 1T9
PHONE: 604.940.8182
FAX: 604.940-9892
WEBSITE: www.seachangecollaborativepract

Areas of Practice



Through my collaborative practice I am committed to changing the way that people separate and divorce.  Traditionally the divorce process has too often been destructive for couples and families, far too expensive and results in an outcome that falls far short of expectations.  In my role as a collaborative lawyer I strive to assist couples going through a separation in a positive and respectful manner without going to court and to reach a resolution where everyone's needs are met in some way.  Couples and families need to be restructured in a postive way that avoids the destruction of families and relationships.

I have been practicing family law for 25+ years.  I completed the collaborative training in 2007 and since then have focused my practice on assisting spouses in the collaborative way.  I regularly witness the positive and healthy results from a collaborative divorce - parents able to co-parent effectively, spouses who feel recognized in the final resolution, manageable legal costs and relationships that are not fractured.

The common threads that i hear from clients embarking on separation are that they want to maintain a relationship with their spouses, they are worried about the children and they don't want to spend the equity in their home going through a divorce.  The collaborative divorce process addresses these concerns well!

I am on the board of directors of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver, am a founding member and director of BC Collaborative Roster Society, have assisted with collaborative trainings through Continuing Legal Education and have conducted many workshops on the collaborative divorce process.