• 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.

What is Indefinite Support?

What is Indefinite Support?

Posted Jan 17th, 2022

The term “indefinite support” is used in a court orders or agreements to describe the duration of a spousal support when the Court is not able to determine an appropriate finite period of support. This typically occurs in two circumstances: 1) when the relationship is longer than 20 years; and 2) when the “rule of 65” applies – if you add the years of living together to the recipient’s age and the total is greater than 65. Indefinite support, however, does not mean that spousal support...

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Why it's easier now to update your Will

Why it's easier now to update your Will

Posted Dec 29th, 2021

The process of updating your Last Will and Testament (“Will”), should not be an arduous task that ends up being pushed aside due to the anxiety of dealing with this essential document.    Estate lawyers with a modernized practice can and should make it as easy as possible to complete an update of a Will, or the completion of your first Will; leaving you feeling comfortable that the process can be completed without stress and in a timely fashion. Completing a new or updated Will can be as ...

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Fun facts about lawyer Nicholas J. Van Duyvenbode - learn more about our legal family

Fun facts about lawyer Nicholas J. Van Duyvenbode - learn more about our legal family

Posted Dec 6th, 2021

Nicholas has been practicing as a lawyer since 2013.  During this time, he has had a series of non-law related successes in his life. Nicholas enjoys karaoke nights out with friends and taking to the mic for some not-so-crowd pleasing pop songs.  Notwithstanding the repeated attempts of his friends to prevent him from organizing further karaoke nights, these nights continue to persist. Every Halloween, a militant organization of Halloween festivities and compulsory costumes is required...

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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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