Chantel is passionate about family law, but the intermingling of family matters with various forms of alternative dispute resolution is her new-found joy. Whether it be through mediation, parenting coordination, or Med-Arb, Chantel is able to assist separated families progress from complex, emotionally-charged and multi-layered circumstances to an outcome which benefits both of them, and more importantly, their children. She is an experienced children’s lawyer and much of her practice is dedicated to representing children.
Chantel is an accredited Family Mediator with the OAFM and she particularly enjoys mediating parenting disputes. She is a trained Collaborative Family Law professional. She recently completed her training both as a Parenting Coordinator and an Arbitrator and she is excited to venture on this new path in her career.
Chantel graduated from Law School at the University of Windsor in 1999 and she was called to the Bar in Ottawa in 2001. As a junior lawyer, she practised family law and criminal law (both as defence counsel and as a per diem Crown Attorney) in Renfrew County. She began representing children as a panel member of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer in 2006 and continues doing so to this day. In January 2010, she opened Carvallo Family Law in downtown Ottawa and practised family law exclusively. In January 2013, Chantel joined Sicotte Guilbault where she was able to specialize even more in her chosen areas of family law – representing children, and mediating family disputes. She took a two-year leave of absence between 2016 and 2018 in order to practise family law at a legal aid clinic in Yellowknife, NT; it was one of the most amazing and educational experiences of her life. Since 2018, Chantel has expanded her practice at Sicotte Guilbault to include Parenting Coordination, Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances, and Arbitration.