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The National Family Law Arbitration Course is a 40-hour interactive course offering a comprehensive introduction to the arbitration of family law disputes in Canada, and includes optional six-hour pre-course programs for lawyers and mental health professionals interested in working as parenting coordinators.

Bookmark this page and check back for dates for the 2023 edition of the course and news about our special programs on advanced issues in family law arbitration and mediation-arbitration.

Courses in arbitration practice are available from organizations across Canada. While these courses are of a uniformly high quality, their primary focus is on the arbitration of employment, construction and other corporate and commercial disputes. Family law disputes, however, have important differences that set them apart and demand a special approach to their management and resolution. Family law cases cannot be handled with the same off-the-shelf approach that might be used to resolve other civil cases.

The National Family Law Arbitration Course provides a complete introduction to the arbitration of family law disputes and the unique skills, processes and procedures these cases require. This course provides the opportunity to learn from senior family law lawyers with established arbitration practices in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario in an interactive remote learning environment. Superior court judges will address the role of the court in arbitration processes, and experienced mental health professionals will explore the impacts and implications of domestic violence. Download the syllabus for the 2022 course.

This course includes two optional pre-course programs for those interested in practicing as parenting coordinators, one directed to lawyers and taught by mental health professionals working in the area of family breakdown, and another directed to mental health professionals and taught by seasoned family law lawyers.

The course is provided over selected Fridays and Saturdays, with two optional pre-course programs offered before the course begins, The Basics of Psychology for Family Law Lawyers and The Basics of Family Law for Mental Health Professionals. All instructional days begin at 10:30am and end at 5:30pm eastern.

Learn more about the course.

Organizers and steering committee

The organizers of the National Family Law Arbitration Course are John-Paul Boyd KC of John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers in Alberta and British Columbia, Lawrence Pinsky of Taylor McCaffrey LLP in Manitoba, and Lorne Wolfson of Torkin Manes in Ontario.

The members of the steering committee for inaugural course in 2021 were Wayne Barkauskas KC, Professor Rachel Birnbaum, Tom Dart, Herschel Fogelman, Aaron Franks, Cheryl Goldhart, Stephen Grant, Arlene Henry KC, Alf Mamo, Danny Melamed, Doug Moe KC, Krysta Ostwald KC, Eugene Raponi KC, Brahm Siegel, and Bryan Smith. Much thanks to all who were involved.

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  1. I am a professional accountant with a very strong interest and significant experience with family law arbitration. Am I able to access this training? Absent that, am I able to provide feedback to this training?

    1. There is! You can email your completed registration form to Nona at the email address provided on the form. Unfortunately, we can only accept payment by cheque and that’ll need to be mailed in.

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