Nancy G. Rideout

Weldon McInnis Barristers & Solicitors


118 Ochterloney Street
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1C7
Phone: 902-469-2421
Fax: 902-463-4452

Nancy Rideout has resided in the cities of Dartmouth and Halifax since childhood. She attended Mount Saint Vincent University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts with distinction, majoring in Sociology, in 1978. Immediately upon graduation, Nancy was accepted into Dalhousie Law School and graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 1981. She commenced her articles after her second year, completed articles after graduation and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers Society in December 1981. She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association. Nancy is a long term member of the executive for the NS Lawyer Assistance Program

Ms. Rideout has practised law in many capacities over the past 32 years and has enjoyed various positions including Assistant Secretary Treasurer of the NS Barristers Society, Crown Counsel, In-House Counsel and private practice. She returned to private practice in 1991 and is now with the Halifax law firm of MacKinnon Buckle Stevenson. Her primary area of practice is Family Law although she continues to represent clients in property matters and in the preparation of Wills and other estate planning documents.

Ms. Rideout has recently completed the full training in Collaborative Law and Interest Based Negotiation and is a member of the Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Nova Scotia and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. After many years of practising divorce law in the “traditional way”, she believes that the collaborative process is the way of the future and without a doubt, the best way to empower couples to achieve a guided resolution of all family issues while maintaining respect and dignity, without resorting to the Courts.

Outside of her practice, Ms. Rideout enjoys traveling, walking, cycling, music, theatre, yoga, meditation, cooking and winetasting. She achieved her Certified Sommelier Designation in 2009 and has been active as a former Board Member, judge and taster with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and local wine associations. She has volunteered on an executive level and raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

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  • The Participation Agreement includes a commitment not to begin a court proceeding.

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