Our Values

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Separation and divorce can be upsetting and intimidating, your lawyer shouldn’t be as well. At Chapman McAlpine Law, our lawyers pride themselves on being approachable. The dictionary defines the word approachable as “friendly and easy to talk to” and that is precisely what our lawyers and support staff are.

You will feel comfortable talking about your family law issues with our team, no matter how difficult your situation is. We are understanding and caring, but at the same time, advocates for our clients.

We are real people with our own families and we understand how difficult separation can be and how important keeping your matter as civil and as cost-effective as possible is. We focus on providing honest, realistic information and advice in order to help you regain control over your life.

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We have all seen TV court dramas where the lawyers are hellbent on winning their case at all costs. What is almost never shown is the client opening their lawyer’s bills along the way. There is a reason for this: litigating principles is extremely expensive.

At Chapman McAlpine Law we strive to provide you with sound advice aimed at helping you resolve the issues arising from your separation. When it comes to families, particularly with respect to parenting, there is no single right answer. Therefore, we will provide you with a range of options and explain to you what a court might do given your particular set of circumstances so that you can make the best choice possible for your family.

We do not believe there is value to our clients in being difficult for the sake of being difficult. Doing so tends to prolong matters and further polarize parties; neither is it helpful to you or your children. We do not view family law matters as simply cases to be won; our clients are people and the issues they face are as personal as they can get. There is no trophy to be handed out at the conclusion of the matter; there is a family that has taken on a new structure. To us, “winning” is helping our clients navigate from the uncertainty that comes from a fresh separation to an agreement or order that resolves those fears and allows our clients and their children to move forward in as positive a manner as possible.

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When you retain us, we know that you are putting an extraordinary amount of faith in us and we do not take that responsibility lightly. The vast majority of people who come to us have never gone through a separation before and have very little idea what their rights and obligations are. The internet is full of information but do you really want to entrust your family, your property, and your money to the internet?

At Chapman McAlpine Law we will provide you with the answers, information, and advice you need to resolve your matter. You may not always like the advice we provide you, but that will not stop us from providing you with honest information based on your situation. To us, it would be a disservice to you to only tell you what you want to hear instead of telling you what you need to hear.


Our Principles


• A recognition of the diversity of the Ontario public;

• A recognition that the Law Society is committed to Inclusive legal workplaces in Ontario, a reduction of barriers created by racism, unconscious bias and discrimination and better representation of racialized licensees in the legal professions in all legal workplaces and at all levels of seniority;

• Our special responsibility as members of the legal profession to protect the dignity of all individuals, and to respect human rights laws in force in Ontario; and

• An acknowledgement of my obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally and in my behaviour towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.

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“This team is incredible. I spent time with both Allison and Kara to deal through my issues and they were both very professional, to the point and made resolving the issues in the best possible interest for me. Paul was most courteous and helpful in helping me understand the process of my case. Would definitely recommend them.”​
Sylvie D.​
"Kara-Lynne is determined, motivated and very compassionate. Her knowledge on family law is extensive. She works hard for her clients. She successfully helped me receive what was best for my children. I was awarded more than I originally thought I would; which was a huge relief."
Katherine M.
"I am very thankful that I found Allison. She listened with compassion, provided sound advice and was very proactive in getting resolution to a difficult situation. Working with Allison was absolutely life changing. I highly recommend Allison and her staff."
Barb F.

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