• 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 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.

Family Dispute Resolution Processes- An Overview

Family Dispute Resolution Processes- An Overview

Posted Oct 11th, 2021

In family law matters, court litigation can be expensive, intimidating and time consuming, and may escalate the conflict in a family rather than resolve it. The Divorce Act now requires families to try to solve their family law issues by using family dispute resolution processes, where appropriate. There is also an obligation of legal advisors to encourage their family law clients to try to resolve issues using family dispute resolution, unless it would be clearly inappropriate to do so. The...

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Child Support: Who contributes towards the payment of post-secondary education?

Child Support: Who contributes towards the payment of post-secondary education?

Posted Sep 20th, 2021

Separated parents may be surprised to learn that their obligation to pay child support can extend well past their child’s 18th birthday. In Alberta, the Family Law Act and/or the Divorce Act govern the payments of child support. It has been widely acknowledged that children who are attending post-secondary education or training still require financial support from their parents. In turn, Courts have a and continue to routinely order both separated parents to support their child(ren) through...

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Family Law Dictionary of Common Words

Family Law Dictionary of Common Words

Posted Sep 7th, 2021

The breakdown of a relationship and marriage can be a stressful and emotional experience. The associated legal proceedings can be equally frustrating and confusing. Many people are unfamiliar with common terms used in the separation and divorce process. For your convenience, we have compiled the following list of commonly used but unfamiliar words you may encounter during your separation or Court experience in Alberta

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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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