Hot Topics in Family Law Part II: Good Lawyering for Bad Parenting


Course Date: October 26, 2018

Total: 5h 41min

Welcome and Introduction

Nikki L. Charlton — Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
Morag M.J. MacLeod, QC — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver


Bill C-78: Overhauling the Divorce Act

  • new terminology and a new attitude
  • establishing jurisdiction
  • assessing the best interest of the child
  • regulating relocation

John-Paul E. Boyd — AOCA, MA, LLB, John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers, Vancouver and Calgary


Choose Your Own Adventure — The Comprehensive Parenting Agreement

  • parental responsibilities
  • conduct management
  • parenting coordination and other helpful third parties
  • online parenting platforms — coparently, OurFamilyWizard, 2Houses, DIY Google
  • review process
  • dispute resolution
  • why certain parenting schedules work

Nikki L. CharltonFarris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
Morag M.J. MacLeod, QCBarrister & Solicitor, Vancouver


Break



Client Management in Difficult Parenting Cases

  • process options for parenting cases: litigation, arbitration, mediation, negotiation or collaboration?
  • be the voice of reason: setting expectations and providing education
  • rely on the experts: divorce coaches, parenting counsellors, s. 211 assessors, and parenting coordinators

Anne Demeulemeester — Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP, Vancouver


Addressing Allegations of Alienation

  • is it alienation, estrangement or both?
  • experts reports, views of the child reports, and other evidentiary issues
  • initial and longer-term responses to alienation and estrangement

John-Paul E. Boyd AOCA, MA, LLB, John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers, Vancouver and Calgary


Networking Lunch (Provided)



Relocation Update Panel

  • update on case law
  • what law applies—relocation regime or s. 46 of the FLA; Divorce Act or FLA when parties are married
  • whether to proceed under s. 46 or s. 64 of the FLA depending on whether or not there is an agreement or order in place
  • what qualifies (or doesn’t qualify) as a “bad faith” move in relocation
  • relocation in primary parent v. shared parenting arrangements
  • is a relocation appropriate for a summary trial?

Ian B. HaywardHayward Sheppard, Vancouver
Michelle KinneyCassels Murray, Victoria
Stacey S. Silber Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver


Break


Outside Perspectives

  • policing issues
  • dealing with the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program
  • parentingcultural factors

Leisa Ballard — Social Worker, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Vancouver
Christopher Beresford
— Director of Maintenance Enforcement, Ministry of Attorney General, Vancouver

Detective Eve Koenning — Special Investigation Unit, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver
Jasmeet Wahid
Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP, Richmond
Leah Zille — Executive Director, The Treehouse Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, Vancouver


Closing Remarks

Nikki L. CharltonFarris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
Morag M.J. MacLeod, QCBarrister & Solicitor, Vancouver