Smith & Little LLP - Family Lawyers Calgary

Family Lawyers Calgary

Welcome to Smith & Little LLP

Family Lawyers Calgary

Calgary-based law firm serving busy professionals with their family law matters and civil litigation

Our Core Philosophy

Resolutions with Integrity

Our Core Mission

Informed Choice and objective decision making

We are

  • compassionate
  • professional
  • assertive
  • down-to-earth
  • strategic

We will

  • Listen to you
  • Distill difficult concepts into plain language
  • Ask tough questions
  • Respond rapidly to your questions
  • Prepare ourselves and represent you powerfully in court

You will

  • Have a solid plan and clear agreements for moving forward
  • Make informed decisions you feel confident about
  • Save time, money and stress with our value-based fees

Family/Divorce Law

Family Lawyers Calgary

We prevent and resolve conflicts through communication, negotiation, and where necessary through litigation.

Family law encompasses a wide range of legal issues and we are here to eliminate the confusion and overwhelming feelings while guiding and protecting your interests before, during and at the end of a relationship.

Relationships are emotional. When emotions are involved, rational decision-making can be compromised and costly mistakes are often made. We are here to be your objective mind and help you think through difficult decisions with your head, not your heart. We don’t want your anger, hurt, passion or love clouding your judgement when important decisions regarding yourself and your children are at stake. We look out for your best interests and guide you to make informed choices and create clear plans now and for the future.

The best time to hire Smith & Little LLP for family law matters is when:

  • You are moving in with a new partner
  • You are getting married
  • You are separating
  • You are divorcing
  • You want a parenting plan or need to revise an existing parenting plan
  • You are negotiating spousal, partner or child support


Smith & Little LLP offers advice for the following legal matters:

  • Separation and Separation Agreements
  • Contested and Uncontested Divorces
  • Division of Matrimonial Property
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Child Support Arrears
  • Custody and Access, Parenting Arrangements
  • Mobility Applications (relocating with a child)
  • Grandparents’ access with grandchildren
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements

Civil Litigation

Our civil litigation services focus on start-ups, small, and medium sized companies facing contentious disputes.  We also serve a limited number of individuals dealing with significant legal issues in the Court of Queen’s Bench.

We take the time to understand your business and motivations and help craft a solution that makes sense for you from a business and financial perspective.

The best time to hire Smith & Little LLP for civil litigation matters is when:

  • You have been served with a Court of Queen’s Bench lawsuit in excess of $50,000
  • You find yourself in a stalemate in your business relationship
  • You are disputing the interpretation of a clause in a contract
  • You have experienced a business loss in excess of $50,000
  • You are in a sizeable dispute with your mortgage company, bank or insurance company (excludes personal injury)


Smith & Little LLP offers advice for the following legal matters:

  • Construction Project Disputes
  • Disputes with Insurance Companies (excluding personal injury)
  • Disputes with Banks
  • Commercial Lease Disputes

Smith & Little LLP serves clients in the following locations:

  • Calgary
  • Okotoks
  • Airdrie
  • Cochrane
  • Canmore
  • Chestermere
  • Red Deer
  • Olds
  • Edmonton

The Smith & Little New Client Experience

1. Call Us

Speak with our knowledgeable staff and provide background and preliminary information for our firm to ensure there are no conflicts within our office

2.Talk to Christine

Gain an understanding of our services and pricing models and learn how we can help


3. Retain Us

Make the choice to work with Smith & Little LLP as your lawyers


4. We Get to Work

We start working on getting you the resolutions you need


Contact Us

Phone Smith & Little LLP
403 999-1650
email Smith & Little LLP
Encore Building

Suite 2410, 645 7th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB T2P 4G8

About Us

Christine’s Education:

  • B.A. University of Calgary 2005
  • LL.B. University of Southampton 2011

Christine’s Professional Associations:

  • Member of the Law Society of Alberta
  • Member of the Family Law Section – Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Small and Solo Firm Section – Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member of the Calgary Bar Association
  • Member of Board of Directors of Apollo
  • Member of the Advocate’s Society
  • Member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers – Western Chapter

Christine’s Professional Presentations:

  • Presenter – Legal Education Society of Alberta – “The Business of Law” – October 18 and 25, 2017
  • Co-Host – Smith & Little Seminar Series for Lawyers – 2018

Christine N. Little

Christine has a family law focused practice and is the face of the firm.  Christine’s down to earth personality and approachable manner have earned her a stellar reputation with clients and lawyers alike.  Christine is known for her ability to approach matters with reason and common sense and to achieve concrete results for her clients.  Christine specializes in shepherding a file from start to finish and in drafting and reviewing complex family law agreements such as separation agreements and cohabitation agreements.  Christine was called to the Alberta Bar on May 21, 2014.

Prior to founding Smith & Little LLP, Christine was a sole practitioner, having founded her own family law firm immediately following her call to the bar.  Christine also articled with a sole practitioner with an exclusive focus on family law.

Christine is actively involved in the community and regularly volunteers in the legal community. Christine actively mentors young lawyers interested in starting their own practices and those educated outside of Canada seeking to practice law in Alberta.

Kelly Elizabeth Smith

Kelly has a general barrister’s practice and represents clients in contentious litigated matters before the Courts. She primarily represents clients in family law matters and civil litigation matters. Kelly regularly appears before the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and is known for her memory for detail and ability to think on her feet.  Kelly was called to the Alberta Bar on February 28, 2012.

Prior to founding Smith & Little LLP, Kelly was a sole practitioner practicing in the areas of family law, civil litigation, and criminal law.  Kelly also has experience in construction litigation and articled at a large national law firm.

Kelly has an outstanding academic background having received numerous academic awards both at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and at the London School of Economics. Kelly was also a member of the Laskin moot team at UBC, contributing to a first place finish in the factum competition.

Kelly is fluent in French having completed the third year of her law degree as an exchange student at Sciences Po in Paris, France.

Kelly is actively involved in the community. She regularly volunteers in the legal community. She is also actively involved in partisan politics and is a volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada.

Kelly’s Education:

  • B.A. (Hons.) University of Toronto (Victoria College) 2005
  • J.D. University of British Columbia 2008
  • LL.M. with Merit London School of Economics and Political Science 2010

Kelly’s Professional Associations:

  • Member of the Law Society of Alberta
  • Member of the Association of Women Lawyers

Kelly’s Professional Presentations:

  • Presenter – Legal Education Society of Alberta – “The Business of Law” – October 18 and 25, 2017
  • Co-Host – Smith & Little Seminar Series for Lawyers – 2018


I just wanted to say thank you for your help and thorough explanation.  Also, the new office is lovely and as a client is a pleasant space in which to visit.

I was previously self represented which was a HUGE mistake; as dealing with opposing counsel was an absolute nightmare. I highly recommend her if you need an amazing lawyer who is very professional, personable, intelligent, and meticulous in her work. Kelly has a genuine concern for her clients, she always keeps you updated on your case and is excellent at negotiating contracts that will work in the long term to prevent unnecessary court appearances. She has made what was a nightmare of a separation so much easier to handle. To say that I’m thankful is an understatement! Thank you so very much for everything Kelly, you are AMAZING!!!

Through-out this process, Christine has been very prompt at returning telephone calls and emails, explaining her reasoning in layman’s terms for me and guiding me.  She has strove to simplify and get to the root of some very complex issues.  At the same time, she has been very efficient with her time to ensure that I am getting excellent “bang” for my legal dollar. I have and I will continue to highly recommend Christine to family and friends as a lawyer that can be counted on with confidence.

My experience since having Kelly take on my family law case has been nothing short of a God send!

When Kelly accepted me as a client neither of us knew how complex and frustrating my family legal matters would become. Through every step of the process Kelly was there for me. Her knowledge and experience reassured me of hope, her timely responses and clear communication always let me know that I was not alone in the bureaucratic jungle of the legal system. She gave me good, rational advice and always with my best interests in mind. Kelly listened and understood in great detail the past and current situations involving my case. She was sympathetic considering my finances, and worked with me throughout. Every aspect of her actions expressed genuine concern for me and the outcome of my case, she fought for me when I had very little fight left. Kelly went above and beyond her duties as my legal counsel and has earned my gratitude, respect and friendship. She will be my first contact should any future need arise.

Thank you Ms. Smith for helping me through what could only be described as my waking nightmare.

I am so impressed with your work.  You know me as a person and you do your best about my matter.  You never disappoint me and always think about myself from my matter which is the best points and every client wants.  Whenever I need your help you always give me advice so I can make my decision easily.  Overall you did a great job and happy to say that you are my lawyer.  Thank you so much for your help and your good work.  Thank you.

You are wonderful and amazing! Thank you for all of your hard work on supporting me through this process, as I appreciate it a ton! You proved yourself to be very knowledgeable and thoughtful, as well as compassionate around my goal of achieving an amicable agreement. I never felt rushed and you took the time to make sure I understood everything that I would be signing.

I would have thought all of this would have been much easier. You were able to clean up a lot of our original understandings, and that helped me to be much more informed as to my own needs and protection. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have appreciated your advice!

Kelly and Christine,

I want to thank you for all your hard work, research, time and honesty with this process…Again from the bottom of my heart thank you for your honesty and due diligence.

Christine Little is a very compassionate person who really took the time to listen to my needs and issues.

She was very diligent and professional in handling my matter and it was a pleasure working with her to resolve my issues.

I am humbled and grateful for the services provided by Smith & Little LLP.

Keep up the GREAT work Ladies; your services are invaluable!

I don’t have the words to say thank you for that what you did for me today.

You are very good lawyer, but I can tell you, you are an amazing person. Believe me, with my experience you are what every lawyer should be. Very honest, very hard-working, not lazy. I am very glad I put my case in your hands. I am really very happy for what you did for me today. Your presentation was awesome. Very professional and thoughtful.