ExpiredMission Possible: Responses to Difficult Client Positions

  • December 8, 2020
    4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Presented by



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)

Technical Support

Vicky Ringuette, Lawyer, Mediator & Coach, Hamilton

Program Description

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
Non-Members: $25


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