The Renaissance: Family Law Restoration, Reformation, and Transformation (Archived Video Stream) 

Feb. 8, 2013
Toronto Online


This is the archived version of a program presented on February 8, 2013. This video also includes the Live Q&A portion of the Webcast Replay from August 29, 2013.

This year's Institute program will review some of the trends in the current case law, and how recent decisions have transformed, reformed, or restored basic principles in family law. The program will also provide practical tips and review substantive case law for challenging issues facing family law practitioners. With an address by The Honourable R. John Harper and judges from both courts. As well as include, Phil Epstein's "Year in Review" which will provide a review of the important family law cases in the last year. Also, appearing by video, will be Sharon Strand Ellison, esteemed author of the book, Taking the War Out of Our Words and creator of the "Powerful Non-Defensive Communication" process. Ms. Strand Ellison will provide insightful strategies and practical tools that will facilitate more effective communication, help to eliminate defensiveness, de-escalate conflict and set the framework for meaningful conflict resolution.

Highlights include:

  • Trust issues in Family Law
  • Relocation/Mobility
  • Expert evidence and preparation
  • Custody and Access Assessments, with a focus on the difference between the OCL clinical investigation and a s.30 assessment
  • Drafting Separation Agreements in light of recent decisions and emerging issues
  • Retroactive Child and Spousal Support
  • Variation of Child and Spousal Support
  • Interjurisdictional Support Orders
  • Creditors and Family Law, with a focus on bankruptcy
  • Practical Tips for Real Estate Transfers in Family Law
  • Collaborative Family Law, a deeper understanding - A Judge's View
  • Technology and the Family Law Rules in the 21st Century



Victoria Starr, Starr Family Law
Fareen Jamal, Bales Beall LLP


Introductory Remarks

Year in Review
Aaron Franks, Epstein Cole LLP

Custody and Access Assessments
Melanie Kraft, Epstein Cole LLP

Property Issues
Kathryn Hendrikx, David Barristers Professional Corporation
Tannis A. Waugh, Tannis A Waugh, Barristers & Solicitor

Child and Spousal Support
Dani Frodis, Dani Z Frodis Barristers Professional Corporation

Constitutional Challenges
Martha McCarthy, Martha McCarthy & Company
Jeffery Wilson, Wilson Christen LLP

Property and Trust Issues post Kerr v. Baranow
Professor Berend Hovius, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario - London

Collaborative Family Law
Deborah Graham, Barrister & Solicitor

Custody and access
Professor Rollie Thompson, The Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University - Halifax

Essentials of Trial Preparation In Child Protection Cases
The Honourable Carole Curtis, Ontario Court of Justice

Domestic Contracts
Daniel Melamed, Torkin Manes LLP

Interjurisdictional Support Issues
Glenda Perry, Glenda S. Perry Law Office

The Power of Non-Defensive Communication
Sharon Strand Ellison, The Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication

A Judge's View - Technology and the Family Law Rules in the 21st Century
The Honourable Heather McGee, Superior Court of Justice - Newmarket
The Honourable Frances Kiteley, Superior Court of Justice

Senior Family Law Judge Address
The Honourable R. John Harper, Senior Family Judge, Superior Court of Justice

Questions and Concluding Remarks


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