Nicholas J. Van Duyvenbode



Nicholas J. Van Duyvenbode

Nicholas J. Van Duyvenbode
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  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts, 2006
  • University of Alberta, Masters of Arts, 2008
  • York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2012


  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association

Nick grew up in New Zealand. When he was 7 years old he told his parents he was going to be a lawyer, so he could defend human rights. As he got older he discovered that law was as much about defending rights as it is about solving problems. He came to Canada to attend the University of British Columbia, where he received his BA. He went on to the University of Alberta for his Masters degree before moving to Ontario to attend the Osgoode Hall Law School at Toronto’s York University. While there, he worked in the Ontario Court of Justice where he developed his passion for family law.

Nick appreciates family law because it allows him to ensure positive and practical outcomes for clients. His focus is on family separation and divorce, including custody and parenting matters, child and spousal support, and property division. He regularly appears before Alberta’s Provincial Court, and the Court of Queen’s Bench on behalf of his clients. He also practices in will and estates, which often entails strong overlapping family law issues needing resolution. He appreciates 21st century tactics that safeguard against unnecessary court appearances. He describes his role in family law as 25% litigator, 25% a researcher, 25% a negotiator and mediator and 25% a life coach.

Nick loves to stay active, and appreciates everything Calgary has to offer by way of recreation. He loves playing rugby, and running. In his spare time he keeps up to politics and explores our great province through hiking adventures. He’s happy in Calgary because the environment and the people are so colourful, and there’s always a great restaurant just around the corner.

Nick has completed a one year mediation clinical intensive program, which has given him a greater value on collaborative approaches to divorce and separation. A large amount of his practice is focused on unmarried separating couples that are attempting to navigate the waters of dividing assets and debts. Whether married or unmarried, Nicholas believes that clients are best served by being consistently outcome driven so as to ensure the most expedient and cost effective use of legal representation. He hopes to one day argue a case in front of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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