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Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition Awards

Thank you to all who participated in the Walsh Family Law Moot and Negotiation Competition on Saturday, March 13th. We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s event: 2021 WALSH FAMILY LAW MOOT AWARDS BEST APPELLANT FACTUM University of Toronto (Raoof Zamanifar and Venessa Sectakof) BEST RESPONDENT FACTUM University of Ottawa (Connor Henderson and Taylor Bain) 2ND TOP ORALIST Hannah Lank (University of…

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Behind the Scenes at AFCC-O’s Flagship Event, the Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition

An Interview with Carolyn Leach, Committee Chair What goes into planning this annual event? When do preparations begin?  There are many people involved with putting this together: a moot subcommittee, a negotiation competition subcommittee, a sponsorship subcommittee, and then a larger coordinating committee composed of the chairs of the subcommittees and myself. The event takes place in March each year, and we typically begin planning for the…

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Parenting Plan Guide and Template: Revision Project

The Task Force appointed by the AFCC-O prepared its Parenting Plan Guide and Parenting Plan Template to assist parents, lawyers, mediators and judges in developing child-focused, realistic parenting plans.  The process of preparation of these materials involved input and review by many members of the AFCC-O. These materials were released in January 2020 and are being used by lawyers and mediators to help prepare their…

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Year-End Message from AFCC-O President

As 2020 (finally!) comes to a close, on behalf of AFCC-O, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe, joyous and restful holiday season. This year has been like no other, with many experiencing personal and professional tolls and challenges. However, it has also been a year which highlights human strength and resilience, adaptability, families and communities coming together, and the important…

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New Resource: Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities: Case Studies

Abstract  “Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities: Case Studies” is a freely accessible eCampus Ontario Pressbook containing case studies of immigrant women experiencing domestic violence to be used as educational materials. The contents were created by analysing closed legal case files of 15 immigrant women living in Ontario who experienced domestic violence. The comprehensive case studies that emerged from this research present domestic violence experienced by…

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Call for Research Proposals

DEADLINE EXTENDED: OCTOBER 16, 2020 Good news! We are extending the call for proposals until the AFCC-O annual conference on October 16 (midnight). We appreciate that COVID-19 and the beginning of school at all levels has been a challenging time. Thank you to those who expressed an interest in putting in a proposal. APPLICATION GUIDE AND EVALUATION RUBRIC FOR PROPOSALS (Download) The AFCC is an…

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AFCC-O Past President Appointed to Superior Court of Justice of Ontario

AFCC-O congratulates past president, Andrea Himel, on her appontment as a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Family Court Branch. In addition to her role as a past president, Justice Himel was Co-Chair of the Conference and Research/Policy Committees. She was also a major contributor to the development and marketing of the AFCC-O’s Parenting Plan Guide and Template. Since 2012, Justice Himel has…

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AFCC-O Members Receive Awards from AFCC International

Each year AFCC International recognizes outstanding contributions of leaders in the field at its Annual Conference. This year’s awards were presented virtually, and AFCC Ontario Chapter members were honoured to receive two awards: Irwin Cantor Innovative Program Award, and Tim Salius President’s Award. Irwin Cantor Innovative Program Award The Irwin Cantor Innovative Program Award was created to recognize innovation in court-connected or court-related programs created by a member…

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Courthouse Facility Dogs and Child Witnesses

Last year, Ellie — a cockapoo puppy — became our family dog as a birthday gift to our young son. She became his best companion and filled our home with joy and laughter. Ellie started to accompany me to the office, and in no time the office atmosphere became warmer and more affectionate. Ellie became the star attraction for my child clients, whom I represented…

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Bill C-78: Reforming the Parenting Provisions of the Divorce Act

On 22 May, 2018, the Liberal government introduced Bill C-78 to Parliament. This Bill will, if enacted, amend the parenting provisions of the Divorce Act, the first significant change to this part of the legislation since it came into effect in 1986. There have already been similar statutory changes to the parenting laws in a few provinces, as well as appeal court decisions in Ontario…

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