The Florida Chapter of AFCC has been instrumental in advancing the field of parenting coordination in Florida through educational programs; convening interested parties, organizations and stakeholders as members of an FLAFCC PC Taskforce; providing support to Florida circuits that desired to develop or enhance existing programs; and developing its website as a source of information. In its second round through the legislative process, Florida Statute 61.125 was created and went into effect on October 1, 2009, establishing parenting coordination as a “child-focused alternative dispute resolution process” in the state. Recently, the Florida Supreme Court adopted the new rule 12.742 and forms, which were fast tracked to accompany the statute and further regulate the parenting coordination process.
By a unanimous vote of the United States Senate, AFCC Member Hon. Susan B. Carbon, Concord, New Hampshire, was confirmed as the director of the Office of Violence Against Women in the United States Department of Justice. Judge Carbon was nominated by President Barack Obama.
The Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) was scheduled to have been considered for endorsement by the ABA House of Delegates recently. Sherri Goren Slovin, President of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Harry Tindall, Chair of the UCLA Committee and Talia Katz, Executive Director of IACP describe what happened in Orlando.
Two Australian Family Law Research Reports Released
Dr. Jenn McIntosh reports that the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) recently issued a multi-million dollar summary report, Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms, and that Professor Richard Chisholm has released a smaller in-depth report, Family Courts Violence Review. Both reports address family violence and raise concerns about the impact on children of misunderstandings about Australia’s new shared parental responsibility act.
Call For Presenters for AFCC’s Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations
The Call for Presenters is available for the Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, which will be held October 28-30, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge/Boston, Massachusetts. All proposals must be submitted using the online form and are due no later than May 14, 2010.
Annette Burns, family law attorney and AFCC member from Phoenix, is on top of technology. She has presented at previous AFCC conferences on using social networking in your family law practice and maintains a blog. Here she introduces ten websites that professionals may not be using yet.
By Hon. Graham Mullane (ret.), Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Updates on interesting tidbits of family law news from Australia as reported by Graham Mullane: Marriage held valid after 39 years, high court relocation decision, child protection crisis in Australia, marrying and divorcing later in life, gays and parenting, and travel bans for parents owing child support.
AFCC is seeking nominations for the following awards to be presented at AFCC’s 47th Annual Conference in Denver: The John E. VanDuzer Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions and/or achievements by members of AFCC; the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research and/or achievements in the field of family and divorce and the Irwin Cantor Innovative Program Award, which recognizes innovation in court-connected or court-related programs. The nomination deadline is March 15, 2010.
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