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Jessica D. Chapman

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"For many, the end of a relationship can be a very stressful and difficult time,” says Jessica. “I strive to offer clients peace of mind. Providing my clients with affirmative and timely results can help them to move on to a new stage of their life."

About Jessica

Jessica helps family law clients during some of their most difficult life experiences. While she leads her clients through their legal issues with sensitivity and foresight, she also takes a no-nonsense approach when advising on the reality of each situation.

Jessica truly listens to her clients, carefully explains the intricacies of the legal system and openly discusses what are in the best interests of any children of the relationship.

Jessica has proven herself skilled both in and out of the courtroom. She is an intelligent practitioner and has built up her reputation as an exceptional negotiator. Jessica recognizes that each client is unique and has different priorities, and she strives to find the optimal resolution for each client.

Jessica works with clients who have issues related to separation, divorce, property division, child support, spousal support and alimony, custody and parenting, adoption, and those who may require cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, separation agreements, family law litigation and general legal advice with regards to their family law matter.

Areas of Practice

Jessica's Background

  • 2011: J.D. Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2008: Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology), Minor in Gender Studies and International Economics and Business, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick
  • 2012 - Present: Associate Lawyer. BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2011 - 2012: Articled Clerk, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2010: Summer Student, Dalhousie Legal Aid, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2010: Research Assistant, Honorable Gordon S. Cowan Court of Appeal Internship
  • 2009 - 2010: Research Assistant, Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance, Halifax, NS
  • 2009 - 2010: Dalhousie Student Coordinator, Pro Bono Students Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2008 - Legal Services Community Outreach and Legal Referral Service Coordinator, ReachAbility, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2006 - 2008: Mount Allison Leadership Certificate Program Coordinator, Sackville, New Brunswick
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association
Community Activities
  • Volunteer - ReachAbility Legal Referral Service, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Former Board Member - Alice Housing
  • Former Lawyer Supervisor - Pro Bono Students Canada, Dalhousie Schulich School of Law
  • Former Board Member - Don't Be Afraid Campaign
  • Former Member - Dalhousie Association of Women & the Law Mentorship Program
  • Former Volunteer - Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Awards & Honours
  • Dalhousie's Constance R. Glube Bursary for Leadership in the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession in 2010 and 2011
  • Nova Scotia Law Foundation Bursary for Academic Excellence, 2008
  • Mount Allison Golden A Award for Outstanding Graduating Student , 2008
  • Mount Allison Psychology Award for Greatest Contribution to Psychology Department (2008)
  • Mount Allison Women's Studies Award for Greatest Contribution to Women's Studies (2008)
  • Sheila A. Brown Scholarship Recipient for Community Contribution to Women's Studies (2008)
  • Mount Allison Class of 1956 Summer Research Award (2007)
  • Jeff Fraser Scholarship Award for Community Contribution (2007-2008)
  • Mount Allison Bell Scholarship Recipient , (2004 -2008)
  • Canadian Millennium Local Excellence Scholarship Recipient (2004-2005)
  • Mount Allison First Year Student of the Year (2004-2005)

Recent Blog Posts by Jessica

Blog Post | Wednesday May 15, 2019

Our Family Law Team

Posted in: Family Law

Our Family Law team focuses on resolving issues in families as quickly as possible, through either mediation or litigation. While we do our best to resolve matters through non-confrontational means, when it is necessary to pursue litigation, our Family Law Litigation Team has depth of experience.

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Blog Post | Friday December 7, 2018

Family Law “Kitchen Table” Agreement Goes to the Supreme Court of Canada

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

As lawyers, we often see clients that have “side deals” with their former spouse, saying something like “We talked that out and you don’t need to put anything in the agreement about that. We got it.”

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Blog Post | Tuesday August 7, 2018

Hockey Gear, Braces & Cell Phones: Sharing Children’s Expenses following Separation

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

“Section 7 expenses” can generally be described as “special or extraordinary expenses” for a child with separated parents that share expenses in addition to child support.

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Blog Post | Friday November 17, 2017

Do I Need an Interim Agreement or Order?

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

Interim Agreements and Orders can help to minimize conflict and reduce unnecessary back and forth between the parties.

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Blog Post | Wednesday October 15, 2014

How do I change my Court Order as it relates to custody, access and parenting?

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

Following a separation, parties regularly obtain a Court order which outlines custody, access and a parenting schedule. However, with time, things inevitably change. Parents move. Children start school, or graduate from school. Parents re-partner. Parenting arrangements change, organically. Sometime

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Blog Post | Tuesday June 17, 2014

Should I Have a Cohabitation Agreement?

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

A cohabitation agreement is a contract signed by two parties who are living together, or are planning on living together, and who contemplate the division of their assets and debts, and/or support obligations, if a separation and/or divorce of the parties were to occur in the future. As a couple

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Blog Post | Monday June 2, 2014

10 Tips to Minimize Your Legal Fees in Family Law Matters

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

A divorce, separation or any family law dispute can be an emotional, stressful and very expensive process. However, there are certain steps you can take to keep your legal costs down. Be honest and forthcoming. Speak candidly to your lawyer, and formulate realistic goals and expectations as early

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