• 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.


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.


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.


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 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 want everyone to know that if this wonderful and knowledgeable woman had not taken my case back in 2013, I probably would not be here today. Alison was the only person that helped me through one of the roughest times in my life. As she succinctly put it to me when I first met her; "You are behind the eight ball, it will take everything I have to get you out." Alison held to her word and pulled me from the quagmire of a divorce I was in. Alison showed me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This woman, this angel of angels... I will never forget what you have done for me.
    ~ Anonymous

Recent News

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

Fun facts about lawyer Kelsey Forbes - learn more about our legal family

Fun facts about lawyer Kelsey Forbes - learn more about our legal family

Posted Aug 5th, 2021

Kelsey was called to the Alberta bar in 2019 and has been practicing in family law ever since. She joined Family Central Law in 2020 and enjoys the collegial firm environment. Before becoming a lawyer, Kelsey worked as a high school and university tutor, helping students with mathematics and chemistry. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys bike riding, walking her dog, and watching sports. She is a particularly big fan of the NFL and NBA, and gets way too invested in her NFL fantasy league. Kelse...

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Fun facts about lawyer Alison J. Chickloski - learn more about our legal family

Fun facts about lawyer Alison J. Chickloski - learn more about our legal family

Posted Jul 30th, 2021

Alison has been practicing law since 2005 but has been perfecting her turkey stuffing recipe for years before that. Should you ask her, she will tell you that her favorite things in life are her dogs (Chiefu the rescue mutt, Yuki the Shikoku, and Bento the Shiba Inu), Deadmau5 (who she listens to constantly at her desk and may actually be listening to at the moment you read this),  and cooking.  At Family Central Law we want you to know the personal behind the legal professional as we believ...

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Does my Divorce Judgment include division of property between myself and my spouse?

Does my Divorce Judgment include division of property between myself and my spouse?

Posted Jul 26th, 2021

When filing a Statement of Claim for Divorce and Division of Family Property as the initiating document to commence a divorce proceeding, one might also then expect that division of property between spouses would also be included when finally receiving a Divorce Judgment and Corollary Relief Order at the end of a divorce proceeding.  However, that is not the case. A Divorce Judgment and Corollary Relief Order confirms your divorce has been granted, and what can also be addressed in this p...

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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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