This year's conference was very special as it marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of this wonderful organization, an interdisciplinary group of lawyers, judges, psychologists, counsellors, mediators, parenting coordinators and others which has since its inception promoted the resolution of family law disputes by agreement. The AFCC has been in the forefront of positive change in family dispute resolution as it has promoted and educated family dispute resolution professionals in cutting-edge techniques such as mediation, collaborative law and parenting coordination. The 50th anniversary conference was memorable in that it took place in LA where AFCC was originally founded, and in its seminars and plenary sessions it looked back at family dispute resolution as it was fifty years ago and also looked ahead to where it might be fifty years hence, and in so doing it highlighted the progress that has been made in the last fifty years as well as the problems which still remain to be resolved. As usual it was an enlightening and educational experience.
For many of our clients, having businesses and other property in our parts of the world was a normal part of their lives. But when these individuals have a looming separation or divorce, it soon becomes clear that their separation or divorce will be quickly complicated by the possible division of these overseas businesses and properties. What can you do to get full disclosure or prevent dissipation of overseas assets? What can you do when you dispute BC's jurisdiction and want another jurisdiction to make a determination over your separation or divorce issues?
Even with the best planning, we cannot entirely avoid the challenges that are inherent to life. We can, however, make plans to weather those storms. Having a will and a representation agreement is a very practical way to “weather the storms” of life.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed most people’s everyday lives in a matter of a couple of weeks. Effective March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the BC Supreme Court has suspended regular operations of all of its locations. However, the Court will continue to hear “essential and urgent matters”. What constitutes as an “essential and urgent” matter?