Tuesday, June 29, 2010

AFCC eNEWS - June 2010 | AFCC Awards | Member News | Family Law in the News | Ahrons Video Interview

AFCC eNEWS – June 2010 | AFCC Awards | Member News | Family Law in the News | Ahrons Video Interview

Vol. 5 No. 6
JUne 2010
Denver Annual Conference a Great Success

AFCC’s 47th Annual Conference, June 2–5, 2010, in Denver, Colorado, attracted over 1,000 attendees from 19 countries. The conference theme, Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict, formed an energizing base for the conference.

Listen to the plenaries online: Four exciting plenary sessions about alienation were presented at the conference and the audio recordings of these sessions are available free to members in the AFCC Member Center of the AFCC website.
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Reminder Regarding Continuing Education for the Denver Conference

If you signed up to receive a certificate of attendance for the 47th Annual Conference, and you did not turn in a Verification of Attendance form while at the conference, please download, fill out and return this important form. This form must be completed in order for you to receive your certificate of attendance.

Link to form...
AFCC Board of Directors

AFCC is pleased to welcome Mindy Mitnick of Edina, MN, to the Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2010. A special thanks to Hon. Emile R. Kruzick for his leadership and commitment to AFCC while serving as President. Philip M. Stahl, Queen Creek, AZ, has completed his term on the Board. AFCC thanks him for his outstanding service and contribution to the association. The new Executive Committee, effective July 1, 2010, consists of President Robert M. Smith, Windsor, CO, President Elect Linda B. Fieldstone, Miami, FL, Vice President Arnold T. Shienvold, Harrisburg, PA, Secretary Nancy Ver Steegh, St. Paul, MN, Treasurer Richard L. Altman, Napoleon, OH, and Past President Emile R. Kruzick, Brampton, ON.

AFCC Annual Awards Presented

AFCC members Constance Ahrons, Bernard Mayer, Debra Carter, Lorraine Martin and the M.A.R.C.H. Mediation program were honored for their accomplishments at the AFCC 47th Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on June 3, 2010.

See photos from the Awards Luncheon on the AFCC Facebook page...

Constance Ahrons: Old Dissolution Model Was Damaging

Courtesy of Mediate.com

Constance Ahrons, who was awarded the 2010 AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award, discusses the pre-joint-custody model for the relationship between ex-spouses. The cultural norm was to have no relationship, because that meant that the ex-spouses were hanging on.
Watch the video...
AFCC Chapter News

The AFCC Board of Directors granted Chartered Chapter status to AFCC’s Minnesota and Ontario Chapters, and granted Provisional Chapter status to Washington State. Congratulations to all for all their hard work!

New Student Membership Rate

AFCC is now offering full-time students an electronic membership for an annual rate of only $25. As of July 1, 2010, full-time students may join online at www.afccnet.org. Student members receive electronic access to Family Court Review, the monthly AFCC eNEWS and other discounts and privileges of AFCC membership.

AFCC Member News
Justice Harvey Brownstone, AFCC member from Toronto, ON, is the first sitting family court judge to host his own television program, Family Matters, filmed in Victoria, BC. The show will combine educational segments, with expert guests as well as an interactive component designed to answer viewer’s questions using YouTube, Skype and email submissions.
Joseph Harman, AFCC member from Emu Plains, NSW, Australia, has been appointed as Federal Magistrate in the Court of Australia the Parramatta Registry.
Debra Lehrman, AFCC member from Fort Worth, TX, was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as Justice to the Supreme Court of Texas. Judge Lehrman is a previous president of the AFCC Texas Chapter.
Marsha Kline Pruett, AFCC member from Northampton, MA, has been awarded the 2010 Men-in-Families Best Research Article Award for an article she co-authored, “Promoting Fathers’ Engagement With Children: Preventive Interventions for Low-Income Families,” that appeared last year in Journal of Marriage and the Family.

AFCC’s 12th Annual Silent Auction

AFCC’s 12th Annual Silent Auction was held during AFCC’s 47th Annual Conference. This year’s silent auction was a great success and raised over $10,000. Proceeds from the auction are earmarked towards AFCC’s special projects and initiatives to support children and families struggling with separation and divorce. This year the funds raised will be used to support projects including AFCC’s Court-Involved Therapists Task Force and Child Custody Consultation Task Force. Thanks to all those who donated items for the auction and to all of the auction volunteers who helped with this smashing event: Mary Ferriter, Annette Burns, Dick Altman, Emile and Josie Kruzick, Chris DelFavero, Landon and Jaelyn Blue, Arnie Shienvold, Betsy Thomas, Tom Gould, David Medoff and Matt Sullivan.

Click here for the list of contributors...

A Graduate Student’s Reflections

Robin Ballard is a fourth year graduate student at Indiana University–Bloomington in Clinical Science and a registered mediator. She is one of the work force behind the new AFCC Mentorship Project. Here she reflects on being a student in AFCC and why this program is important to her.



Al and Tipper Gore Split Puts Focus on Late-stage Divorces

By Sharon Jayson, courtesy of USA TODAY

The split that nobody saw coming isn't such a shocker to those who deal every day with marriage, separation and divorce.


Mom Finds Her Kidnapped Kids Via Facebook

Courtesy of CNET.com

A Southern California mother was recently able to locate her long-ago kidnapped children via Facebook, according to numerous media reports.


Plan to Settle Child Custody Disputes by Arbitration

By Carol Nader, courtesy of smh.com.au

Separating couples in disputes over children will be able to have a person other than a judge decide who gets custody, in a radical change proposed by the federal Australian government to reduce the number of families that end up in court.

Save the Dates
AFCC Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations

October 28–30, 2010
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
Cambridge/Boston, MA

AFCC 48th Annual Conference

June 1–4, 2011
Hilton Orlando Bonnet
Creek Resort
Orlando, Florida

AFCC Regional Training Conference

October 27–29, 2011
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

AFCC 49th Annual Conference

June 6–9, 2012
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

AFCC 50th Annual Conference

May 29–June 1, 2013
J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live
Los Angeles, California

Ontario Chapter Annual Conference

October 14–15, 2010
The Future of Family Law

University of Toronto Residences
Toronto, Canada

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Texas Chapter Annual Conference

October 15–16, 2010
Children Caught in the Conflict: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Houston, Texas

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Arizona Chapter Annual Conference

January 28–30, 2011
Sedona, Arizona

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California Chapter Annual Conference

February 11–13, 2011
The Future of Family Law

The Mark Hopkins Hotel at Nob Hill
San Francisco, California

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