Carolyn Oien

Carolyn Oien

Carolyn Oien

Carolyn Oien
Oien Law
543 Battle Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2M1


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Carolyn practices Family Law at Oien Law in Kamloops. She is a Co-Chair and founding member of the Kamloops Collaborative Family Law Association. She graduated with a Bachelor of Criminology in 1981 from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Laws in 1988 from the University of Windsor.

After completing her articles in Kamloops, Carolyn has been a member of the Kamloops bar since 1990, practicing in Family Law for over 26 years. She also provides alternative dispute resolution processes to clients as a trained mediator, collaborative practice lawyer, and arbitrator. She has taught courses for Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), and will begin teaching Family Law at the Law Faculty of TRU in January 2017.

Carolyn’s practice deals with issues arising from the breakdown of relationships such as divorce, property division, constructive trusts, spousal support, child support, guardianship, residency, and parenting time. She has years of experience providing sound legal advice and drafting complex cohabitation, marriage, and separation agreements. She can flexibly provide services in an alternative dispute resolution process or in an adversarial process depending on the needs of her client.

After years of appearing in court on contested matters, Carolyn recognizes the benefits of out of court settlements regarding parenting time, support and division of assets, rather than litigating these matters in court. She believes in empowering people to make decisions about their own lives and a settlement agreed upon by the parties repairs relationships and improves communication more effectively than a lengthy trial and a judge-imposed resolution. Mediation/negotiation/collaboration preserves family resources accumulated through years of hard work for the family’s benefit, rather than putting those resources towards paying the financial and emotional costs of expensive litigation.

Carolyn looks forward to encouraging parties to engage in Collaborative Family Law and other alternative dispute resolution processes to make Kamloops a better place to live.