UpcomingMission Possible: Responses to Difficult Client Positions
- December 8, 2020
4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
York Region Law Association
Maxine M. Kerr, Family Law & Mediation, Aurora, AFCC-O Secretary
Dr. Shely Polak, PhD (Social Work), York Region, AFCC-O President
Chair and Presenter
Justice Andrea Himel, Superior Court of Justice, Family Branch (Newmarket)
Vicky Ringuette, Lawyer, Mediator & Coach, Hamilton
We will explore the following questions as they relate to difficult client positions:
- How can family lawyers and mediators support clients to move from unreasonable to reasonable positions?
- In the context of child protection matters, how to respond when the Society, the parents and/or kin adopt difficult positions respecting placement and/or access?
- What are the three steps to successful advocacy and dispute resolution? How do we measure success?
- To what extent are the children’s best interests, as well as their views and wishes, relevant to their parents’ positions in the dispute?
- When are social science articles and education materials of assistance?
- How will clients be impacted by the upcoming Divorce Act amendments?
- What is the role of concessions and mandated reasonableness?
- Are there best (or at least better) responses to the following case scenarios:
- Unmarried co-parents of a baby
- 60/40 cases – Addressing the elephant in the room (time vs. child support)
- A request to relocate at the initial application or motion to change stage;
- Covid-19 – Is this the ultimate test of reasonable/unreasonable behaviour?
Lawyers can count 1.5 hours CPD
Members of AFCC-O Chapter and YRLA: Free