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This 40-hour interactive course offers 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.

The National Family Law Arbitration Course is provided by leading family law arbitrators, mental health professionals and academics, and features special guest speaker Senator Murray Sinclair. The course runs over six days in February and March of 2021.

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 qualitative and quantitative 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. Senator Murray Sinclair will also discuss Indigenous traditions and the arbitration of legal disputes, superior court judges from Alberta and Ontario 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 course syllabus or our brochure for payment information and the registration form.

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.

Course dates

Pre-course program for parenting coordinators: the basics of psychology for family law lawyers, 15 January 2021. Download the syllabus for this program.

Pre-course program for parenting coordinators: the basics of family law for mental health professionals, 16 January 2021. Download the syllabus for this program.

The course itself runs on selected Fridays and Saturdays in February and March:

   · Day One and Day Two of the course, 5 and 6 February 2021

   · Day Three and Day Four, 26 and 27 February 2021

   · Day Five and Day Six, 19 and 20 March 2021

Download the syllabus for the course.

Learn about our faculty and review the course curriculum. Go to the Register page for pricing and contact information, and download our brochure for payment information and the registration form.

Organizers and steering committee

The organizers of this course are John-Paul Boyd QC 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 are Wayne Barkauskas QC, Professor Rachel Birnbaum, Tom Dart, Herschel Fogelman, Aaron Franks, Cheryl Goldhart, Stephen Grant, Arlene Henry QC, Alf Mamo, Danny Melamed, Doug Moe QC, Krysta Ostwald QC, Eugene Raponi QC, Brahm Siegel, and Bryan Smith.

Accreditation

The National Family Law Arbitration Course is accredited by the Law Society of British Columbia as providing 40 hours of training in family law arbitration, and the pre-course program on the basics of psychology for family law lawyers is accredited for six hours of parenting coordination training.

The course is approved by the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and satisfies the course requirements for those seeking their FDRIO FDRP-Arb certification.

Registration and contact information is available in the Register page.

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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?

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