Case Management and the Family Law Case Flow in the Regions
January 15, 2019

If you practice family law outside of Winnipeg this program will be of interest to you.

Presenters from the Court of Queen’s Bench Family Division:
Justice Allan D. Dueck
Justice Kaye E. Dunlop

CPD hours: 2
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $60.00 + GST = $63.00

Changes to Support Enforcement - What You Need to Know
December 11, 2011

Are you familiar with The Strengthened Enforcement of Family Support Payments and Miscellaneous Amendments Act and the Maintenance Enforcement Regulation? Did you know that the Maintenance Enforcement Program is getting a new computer system? Do you know how these things will affect the enforcement of your clients’ support order? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you will not want to miss this informative program. Topics to be covered will include:

  • The enforcement related changes contained in The Strengthened Enforcement of Family Support Payments and Miscellaneous Amendments Act, including support deduction notices, limits on suspensions of enforcement, and penalties and cost recoveries
  • How to read the new MEP printouts
  • Changes to how the MEP does business as a result of the new legislation, regulations and computer system

Darlene Baker, Director, Maintenance Enforcement Program
Cheryl McGibbon, Justice Manitoba (Family Law Branch)
Candray Mehkary, Justice Manitoba (Family Law Branch)

CPD hours: 1.5
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

Evidence ‘‘Rules” Every Family Law Lawyer Needs to Know
April 26, 2019

Jointly presented with the Manitoba Bar Association

The Law Society welcomes back Professor Rollie Thompson to speak to evidentiary issues in the family law context, the top 10 "must know rules" for every family law lawyer, including opinion evidence, hearsay, business records, impeaching and supporting credibility, illegally-obtained recordings and emails, privilege for settlement negotiations, and judicial notice.

An engaging and interactive program using several short problems to illustrate and help you hone your evidence skills.

Presenter: D.A. Rollie Thompson, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

CPD hours: 3
EPPM hours: 0.5

Price: $95.00 + GST = $99.75

Family Division Case Management Changes:
Practical Tips and "How To" Session
October 27, 2015

A series of changes to Queen’s Bench Rule 70, including many relating to case management practices and procedures come into effect November 1. Learn about these changes and how they will affect your day-to-day practice from the perspectives of the Bench, the Bar and court administrative staff. This program will provide practical tips to prepare you to navigate the new landscape.

Justice Laurie Allen, Court of Queen’s Bench, Family Division
Randall Horton, Deeley Fabbri Sellen
Marta Smith, Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter
Sharon Wolbaum, Acting Case Management Coordinator, Queen’s Bench Trial and Motions

CPD hours: 1.5
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

For the Sake of the Children...For Lawyers
October 31, 2017

Has a client ever asked you any of these questions?

  • My kids don’t want to go for their weekend visit, what should I do?
  • He cancelled his scheduled visit with the kids, what should I tell them?
  • The kids are blaming me for the separation, but she was the one who cheated, can I tell them the truth?
  • He wants to come to gymnastics but it’s my day with the kids, can I stop him?
  • She wants to bring her boyfriend to our son’s hockey game, is that allowed?

You want to be helpful to your client but do you know how you should respond? This program will provide you with information given to parents who attend For the Sake of the Children program offered to parents by Family Conciliation, but in a condensed format and tailored to focus on the information most relevant to lawyers. Topics will include:  

  • The Separation Experience
  • Children’s Developmental Issues
  • Children’s Reactions
  • Emotional Separation – the grieving process – both from a parent’s and a child’s perspective – there is a difference!
  • Services offered by Family Conciliation
  • Economic Separation – both from a parent’s and a child’s perspective
  • Children’s Needs for Boundaries
  • The Cost of Conflict/ The Benefits of Cooperation
  • Ongoing Parenting and Communication
  • Ongoing Relationships with Extended Families
  • New Partners

Presenter: Kathy Balagus, Coordinator, Family Conciliation Services

CPD hours: 1.5
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

Grace Under Pressure: Taking the “I” out of Family Law
September 24, 2014

Family law is a pressure-cooker characterized by difficult issues, disharmony and high emotions in and outside the courtroom. This describes the relationship between the parties, but also the relationship between the lawyers representing them. Instead of helping the parties solve their problems, lawyers may unwittingly inflame matters, adding to the financial and emotional costs. How can you avoid this? You can develop and maintain a professional and courteous demeanor and attitude for all aspects of your family law files – your relationship with your client, your interaction with opposing counsel and your performance in court.

This panel discussion – made up of a family court judge and two family law lawyers – will explore the lack of civility and decorum in family law practice and offer tips and strategies to develop and maintain professional composure at all stages of your family law files. The panel will also illustrate by example how this may lead to solutions, happier clients and payment of your fees!

Associate Chief Justice Rivoalen, Court of Queens Bench of Manitoba (Family Division)
Marta Smith, Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter Law Corporation
Greg Evans, Evans Family Law Corporation

CPD hours: 1.5
EPPM hours: 1.5

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

Hot Issues in Spousal Support:
Help from the Revised User’s Guide to the SSAG

October 14, 2016

The Revised User's Guide to the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines was released by the Department of Justice in April 2016. The "RUG" addresses just about every current issue in the law of spousal support, including some of the hottest issues like:

  • Entitlement: compensatory or non-compensatory?
  • Determining income, including post-separation income changes
  • Location of amount and duration in the SSAG ranges
  • Exceptions, including disability cases
  • Variation and review, including "material change"
  • Re-partnering, retirement, self-sufficiency, and much, much more

Presenter: Professor Rollie Thompson, Q.C., Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

CPD hours: 2
EPPM hours: 0.5

Price: $65.00 + GST = $68.25

The New Divorce Act Amendments
May 14, 2020

Jointly presented with the Manitoba Bar Association

Discussion regarding the Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, 2019, c. 16.

Most of the Divorce Act amendments in the legislation will come into force on July 1, 2020. Topics include:

  • Change in terminology from “custody” and “access” to “parenting”;
  • Best interests of the child; 
  • Family violence;
  • New duties for parents, legal advisers and the court;
  • Relocation;
  • Changes related to jurisdiction, for example the new interjurisdictional support process; and
  • Amendments to the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act to allow for the release of income tax information from the Canada Revenue Agency for the purpose of establishing or varying support.

Transitional issues and considerations for pending and new proceedings will be covered, including:

  • Pleadings;
  • Status of Rules’ amendments and updated standard clauses;
  • Evidence; and 
  • Arguments.

The Honourable Madam Justice Joan MacPhail, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, Family Division
Claire Farid, Director and General Counsel, Family, Children & Youth Section, Justice Canada

CPD hours: 3
EPPM hours: 0.5

Price: $95.00 + GST = $99.75

Valuations & Accounting Issues under The Family Property Act (FPA): What Every Lawyer Needs to Know
May 3, 2018

Do you know the answers to the following questions?

  • What traps exist for the unwary lawyer in FPA Valuations?
  • How do you get a proper valuation of an operating business or a family corporation?
  • What can a Chartered Business Valuator do for your client?
  • How do you value a pre-owned family asset?
  • What is the proper process for an Accounting hearing before the Master?
  • What evidence is necessary to get the order you want?

You should, and you will, after attending this practical presentation.

Our experienced panel, which includes a seasoned Family Law Lawyer, an expert Valuator with experience testifying in court and a Master from the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, will discuss examples and provide practical tips and advice that you can immediately use in your practice.

This program will be of special interest to any family law practitioner who has faced valuation or accounting issues, especially for those in the earlier stages of their career.

Master Shayne Berthaudin, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench   
Norm Yusim, Fillmore Riley LLP   
Al Martyszenko, CA, CFA, CBV, M Group Chartered Accountants LLP

CPD hours: 3
EPPM hours: 0.5

Price: $105.00 + GST = $110.25