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David C. Halkett

Dave Halkett

David C. Halkett

David provides a full range of family law services, both pre- and post-marriage, including cohabitation, marriage and separation agreements. He also handles litigation regarding all aspects of family law, including as a child custody lawyer, child and spousal support, division of assets, restraining orders for the protection of assets and person, adoption and child removal.


  • Called to the British Columbia Bar in May 1992
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts (History), University of British Columbia, 1988
  • Semiahmoo Senior Secondary, International Baccalaureate Program, 1984
  • Counsel for the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Employment and Assistance
  • Acts for a wide variety of individuals in child removal, custody, support and asset division cases
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • CBA Westminster Family Law Subsection
  • CBA Vancouver Family Law Subsection
  • CBA Vancouver Civil Litigation Subsection
  • CBA Working Group on proposed changes to the Family Relations Act and Supreme Court Family Rules
  • CBA Working Group on best practices for Family Law lawyers

David has appeared in the Court of Appeal on a number of occasions, arguing cases ranging from spousal support, commercial contract disputes and collections matters. It is a unique experience to appear before a Court of Appeal panel and also a very enjoyable one.

  • CBA Westminster Family Law Subsection, co-chair 2010 to present, chair 2007–2010, co-chair 2006–2007
  • Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, director 2008 to present
  • Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association Safety Committee, member 2009 to present
  • Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce, director and chair 1997–2003, chair 1999–2003
  • CLE-TV: Negotiation Strategies for Litigators, April 2011
  • Vancouver Community College Paralegal Program, ad hoc instructor 2001 to present
  • Continuing Legal Education BC, lecturer, Provincial Court Boot Camp, March 2010
  • CLE BC, chair of Family Law Basics for Legal Support Staff, November 2009
  • People’s Law School, 2009
  • Author of chapter in BC Family Practice Manual on Judicial Case Conferences, Settlement Conferences and Pre-Trial Conferences
  • Presentations to various community groups on a variety of legal topics

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