Wednesday, August 18, 2010

AFCC eNEWS - July 2010

VOL. 5 NO. 7
JULY 2010

AFCC is Going to Cambridge

AFCC is excited to bring the Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations to Cambridge, October 28–30, 2010. The program has an interdisciplinary faculty of more than 75 presenters with decades of experience in family law and child custody evaluations. It looks at child custody evaluation from all sides and presents more workshops than ever before. Register now by calling (608) 664-3750 or faxing in your registration to (608) 664-3751. Online registration will be available in August.
Program brochure...

Things to do in the Cambridge/Boston Area

What better cities to be visiting than culturally savvy and energetic Cambridge and Boston, and during the crisp, cool days of fall? Here are a few ideas on how to spend your free time and some tips on how to get around.

President's Message

AFCC President Bob Smith first attended an AFCC conference in 1994 and brings a rich background and history to the position.
Read his first President's Message here...

About AFCC's New President

Bob Smith, AFCC’s new President, has led an amazingly interesting life to date. When asked for a brief bio to share with AFCC members, this is what he wrote:
A Somewhat Brief Bio [or: Get a Grip and Settle Down Into One Field, Would Ya....] My work life has probably been marked by serendipity, more than anything else; and my parents used to lament that I would never work long enough for one company to get their retirement gold watch. Nevertheless, here’s how I made a living over the years...

AFCC's 48th Annual Conference in Orlando
June 1–4, 2011
Call for Presenters Available Now

Research, Policy and Practice in Family Court: What’s Gender Got to do with it? Gender issues are frequently front and center when it comes to family law. But how important is gender? Do men and women parent differently? What is the relationship between gender and domestic abuse? Does the well-being of children differ based on their parenting time with mothers and fathers? What does the research tell us?
Read the call for presenters...
Submit a proposal...

Research on Shared Care Parenting and Family Violence

The Australian Government has just published reports of research since the 2006 family law reform in three important areas:
• Shared care parenting arrangements
• Family violence
• Post-separation living arrangements
Read the reports...

Top Ten Tips for Having a Successful Collaborative Practice Outcome
By Sherri Goren Slovin, President, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

There are things that you can do to maximize the chances of a successful outcome in a collaborative family case. Here are Sherri’s top ten tips.

Hugh McIsaac’s Concern for the Field
Courtesy of

Hugh McIssac, former President of AFCC and former editor of Family Court Review (then known as Family and Conciliation Courts Review) shares his concern of mediation being perverted into a form of evaluation. A court-connected mediator sees clients in highly stressful situations and makes recommendations to the court based on those encounters.
Click here to view...

Medical Marijuana and Custody
From: Family Law Professor Blog

The Associated Press reports on recent cases denying custody and/or visitation to a parent making use of medical marijuana: More than a decade after states began approving marijuana for medical use, its role in custody disputes remains a little-known side effect. While those laws can protect patients from criminal charges, they typically haven't prevented judges, court commissioners or guardians ad litem from considering a parent's marijuana use in custody matters—even in states such as Washington, where complying patients "shall not be penalized in any manner, or denied any right or privilege," according to the law.

Social Networking Creeps Into the Courtroom
From: Hey Annette

Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) continues to impact family law, lawyers and judges. A couple of interesting examples are given here.

New iPhone App Receives International Attention
From: Minnesota Divorce and Family Law Blog

Michelle O'Neil, a divorce attorney in Dallas, Texas, recently posted about an app she helped create for the iPhone: Divorce Cost & Preps. She writes: The app serves two purposes. First, a person contemplating divorce can assess the hidden and direct costs of divorce, such as the cost of providing two houses, two wardrobes for the children, or transportation costs for exchanging the children between houses. Second, the app gives divorce clients a list of information and documents to gather for their lawyer to assist preparation of their divorce.

AFCC Member News

Dianna J. Gould-Saltman, AFCC member from Los Angeles, California, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Gould-Saltman has been a partner at Gould-Saltman Law Offices since 1997 and was a sole practitioner at the firm from 1994 to 1997. Previously, she was an attorney for the Law Offices of Lorraine C. Gollub from 1986 until 1994. Gould-Saltman worked for Gollub & O’Connor as a law clerk, then associate attorney from 1984 until 1986. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. She is presently on the Board of Directors of AFCC.

AFCC Chapter Updates

AFCC Chapters are producing exciting programs and doing important work at the local level.

Upcoming AFCC Training
Advanced Issues in Child Custody: The Child's Perspective

Mindy F. Mitnick, Ed.M., M.A.
September 30–October 1, 2010
Kansas City, Missouri
More AFCC trainings...

Other Conferences and Trainings of Interest

The American Bar Association Family Law Section, the National Association of Counsel for Children and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals are offering fall conferences and trainings.
More information...

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