• Results-driven family lawyers with a focus on each client’s unique needs.

    At Calgary’s Family Central Law Offices, we specialize in divorce, dispute resolution, custody issues, wills and estates, cohabitation agreements, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

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Effective, Trustworthy Legal Advice Tailored To You.

We put emphasis on mediation, negotiation, and arbitration as effective means to reach an acceptable solution for all parties involved.

Best Law Firms | Custody/Family Lawyers in Calgary Canada

We understand that each case is unique, and we tailor our representation to your individual needs. We practice in the diverse areas of divorce and family law, wills and estates, and civil litigation.

How we can help you

Divorce and Family Law

We are your trusted partners for all divorce-related issues, including division of property, custody and child support, and spousal support. Book a free consultation >

Wills and Estates

Don't leave your estate to chance. We provide advice and help you prepare wills, enduring powers of attorney for personal care and property, and personal directives. Book a free consultation >

Civil Litigation

Our lawyers are experienced in family law litigation and have appeared before Alberta’s Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench, and Court of Appeal. Book a free consultation >

Corporate and Commercial Law

Our lawyers have in depth knowledge of Federal legislation to advise corporations of their legal rights and duties. Book a free consultation. Book a free consultation >

The Power Of Mediation, Negotiation, and Arbitration.

We believe that the people best able to reach decisions are the clients affected by those decisions. We strive for peaceful resolutions and tailor our approach for each client to achieve the best solutions for each family.

Experience

Our lawyers, together, have over 23 years of experience negotiating the diverse areas of family law. Our knowledge and experience means you get swift, effective representation.

Efficiency

We don’t believe in prolonging cases when they can be handled expediently. We put our client’s interests first and work quickly to resolve issues that can be painful and difficult for the individuals involved.

Transparency

As a client, you run the show. As a trusted partner, we advise and provide guidance, but will work with you to ensure a satisfactory result. Someone will always be available when you need an update.

Confidence

Confidence and discretion are two of the mainstays of our practice. We are known for helping our clients feel at ease while working tirelessly to drive results. We focus on the goal and use every legal strategy at our disposable to get the outcome you desire.

Alison J. Chickloski, Partner

Meet Alison J. Chickloski, Partner

Alison has extensive experience in mediation and negotiation.

She firmly believes that collaboration between lawyers and clients is the best way to reach agreeable solutions for all parties. Her passion and dedication help keep the focus on family, not on placing blame.

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Meet Nicholas J. Van Duyvenbode, Partner


Nicholas is outcome-driven to help clients achieve their goals in a timely and cost-effective manner.


His knowledge and expertise in family law and wills and estates make him a highly valued partner, litigator, negotiator, and mediator. Nicholas has several reported decisions and continues to break new ground on precedent-setting cases.

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Nicholas J. Van Duyvenbode, Partner

What Clients Are Saying

  • I found Alison Chickloski to be great in every way, Her firm is courteous and they respond to questions efficiently and promptly. She is great at understanding a clients needs and doing her homework to get the best possible solutions. I plan on using her firm for all future legal needs.
    - BB

Recent News

Learn about recent decisions and matters that could impact you and your family.

Changing Your Name in Alberta

Changing Your Name in Alberta

Posted Sep 20th, 2020 in Family Central Law Firm Blog

An individual may apply to change the first or last name of their spouse or adult interdependent partner with the consent of that partner. It should be noted, that the Act does not permit an individual to apply for a name change if they have been convicted of a designated offence, as defined by the regulations of the Vital Statistics Act.

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Family Central Law welcomes associate Kelsey Forbes to the team!

Family Central Law welcomes associate Kelsey Forbes to the team!

Posted Sep 16th, 2020 in Family Central Law Firm Blog

A practical and empathetic advocate, Kelsey works closely with her clients to find solutions that will work for their family. Understanding that family law matters can be some of the most challenging issues individuals encounter, Kelsey takes a professional, considerate approach to assist clients in finding effective and amicable outcomes.

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What is Family Docket Court?

What is Family Docket Court?

Posted Sep 14th, 2020

As of May 13th, 2020, all family matters scheduled in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta must be scheduled initially for a Family Docket Court appearance before proceeding with filing of materials and scheduling of court processes. The introduction of Family Docket Court is intended to streamline court processes and provide a purposeful trajectory for family matters entering the court system here in Alberta. On the date of the Family Docket Court, a Justice of he Court of Queen’s Benc...

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Calgary Family Central Law Firm

Trusted Counsel for Calgary Family Law Matters

Our firm believes in access to legal services for everyone, and serves the Calgary area, as well as regularly traveling for court appearances in Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge.

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