Krysta H. Ostwald - Widdowson Kachur Ostwald Menzies LLP

Krysta H. Ostwald

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Krysta Ostwald earned her B.A. in 1993 and her LL.B. in 1996, both from the University of Victoria. She articled with Fraser Milner and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1997. Since then she has practiced exclusively in the area of family law. Krysta worked with the firms of Laurie Allen & Associates, Turnbull Boyes and Soby Boyden Lenz, before creating Widdowson Kachur Ostwald Menzies LLP with her partners.

Krysta emphasizes resolving disputes without unnecessary conflict. She utilizes many processes including collaborative family law, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Krysta strives to resolve issues in a timely and cost-effective manner. Her goal is to provide the advice and support her clients need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

Krysta has been named by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and Woodward White Inc. as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada every year since 2006.

Professional Associations:
Canadian Bar Association
Law Society of Alberta
Calgary Bar Association
Association of Collaborative Family Lawyers
Association of Women Lawyers

Professional Publications:
LESA Course - "The Nature of the Beast: Cohabitation and Prenuptial Agreements" Family Law: Cohabitation and Pre-Nuptial Agreements (May 2012) (co-author)
National Family Law Conference – 2012 “Gender Benders – Gender Bias’ Considerations in Divorce Act Relief – Fact or Fiction?” (co-author)
National Family Law Conference 2006 - "Analysis of Contino and Shared Parenting Child Support Decisions" (co-author)
LESA Course - "The Federal Child Support Guidelines..." Family Law: Back to Basics (June 2002)
National Family Law Conference 2006 - "Analysis of Contino and Shared Parenting Child Support Decisions" (co-author)
National Family Law Conference 2006 - "Spousal Support: The Clash of Entitlement Vs. Self-sufficiency (co-author)
Lawyer's Weekly article on prenuptial contracts
Mid-Winter meeting 2007 update on spousal support evidence (co-author)

Community Service:
Calgary Legal Guidance (January 1998 - June 1999)
Canadian Bar Association, Family Law South Section Executive Committee (2001-2007)
Instructor, Bar Admissions Course (2001 - Present)
Dispute Resolution Officer, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (2008 - Present)
Organizing Committee, National Family Law Program (2009 - Present)

University of VictoriaBA 1993University of VictoriaLL.B 1996

Office Location

801 Sixth Avenue, SW, Suite 2250
Calgary, AB T2P 3W2

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law of the Calgary Metro Area
Krysta H. Ostwald has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Family Law
Family Law Mediation

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