Agenda - March 3rd, 2016

  9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

  9:05

Chair's Welcome and Introduction

 

Trudi Brown, Q.C.
Brown Henderson Melbye

 

  9:10

The What, Why and How of Child Rights in the Family Law Practice

 

Suzanne Williams

Brown Henderson Melbye

 

David Dundee
Paul & Company

 

  • Child rights: What they look like; why they matter; and how a child-focused approach can help you in your practice
  • A preview of the new CBA Child Rights Toolkit for Canadian Lawyers
  • Tips to help you implement child rights in practice

  9:55

Questions and Discussion

  10:05

Defining Income for Child Support Purposes

 

Kiu Ghanavizchian

Blair Mackay Mynett Valuations Inc.

 

  • How is income defined for purposes of calculating child support?
  • What are some of the contentious issues that arise when determining a spouse's available income?
  • What financial documents and other information is necessary in order to determine a spouse's available income?

  10:50

Questions and Discussion

  11:00

Refreshment Adjournment

  11:15

Navigating Psychological Reports in Family Law

 

Dr. Mary Korpach               

Psychologist

                       

  • Section 211 reports
  • Parenting assessments
  • Views of the Child and Hear of the Child reports

  12:05

Questions and Discussion

  12:15

Networking Lunch

  1:15

Mediation of Parenting Issues

 

Sally Campbell        

Mediator

 

• Parenting issues as distinct from money issues
• Biases parties bring to issues surrounding parenting
• “Appropriate” parenting vs. control
• Flexibility going forward
• Voice of the child
• Dispute resolution mechanisms
• Forgiveness and closure
• Other considerations

  2:00

Questions and Discussion

  2:10

Refreshment Adjournment

  2:25

Child Relocation

 

Nikki Charlton
Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP,

 

  • Mobility issues
  • Relocation pursuant to the Divorce Act vs. the Family Law Act
  • Other considerations

  3:20

Questions and Discussion

  3:30

The Practice of Family Law: What Are We Doing Wrong?

 

Trudi Brown, Q.C.
Brown Henderson Melbye

 

Morag Macleod
Family Law Lawyer

 

  • Ethical considerations in the practice of family law

  4:15

Questions and Discussion

  4:25

Chair's Closing Remarks

  4:30

Program Concludes