Family Law Basics for Paralegals and Legal Support Staff 2015

Course Date: June 4, 2015

Total: 5h 55min

Welcome and Introduction

Chambers Practice

  • how to prepare successful materials
  • what masters sitting in chambers look for in forms and materials
Master Douglas BakerSupreme Court of BC, Vancouver

Provincial Court Practice

  • filings, applications, and orders
  • how upcoming changes will affect court proceedings
The Honourable Judge J.G. CohenProvincial Court of BC, Surrey

Networking Break

Provincial or Supreme Court—How to Choose?

David C. HalkettMcQuarrie Hunter LLP, Surrey

File and Document Management

  • gathering information
    • from your client
    • from the other party
  • how to run a file
  • checklists and systems
  • understanding your role on a family law file
  • what to do with various documents
David C. HalkettMcQuarrie Hunter LLP, Surrey
Catherine A. Steele Cassels Murray, Victoria
Networking Lunch


Ann HalkettLitigation Support Manager, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver

Spousal and Child Support Overview

  • calculations using "Divorcemate" software
  • section 7 expenses
Renee AldanaSouth Coast Law Group, Surrey

Networking Break

Mediation Resources

Elaine KurekEMK Law Corporation, New Westminster

Drafting Pleadings

  • starting and defending a family law proceeding in Supreme Court
  • beyond the basics
David C. HalkettMcQuarrie Hunter LLP, Surrey

Closing Questions and Comments