COVID Conundrums and Legal Custody Solutions

Presented by Cari Pines, JD, CFLS, Honorable Lawrence P. Riff and Robert A. Simon, Ph.D.

As we emerge from quarantine, families are now confronted with decisions that reach beyond the parameters of current orders concerning in-person or remote schooling and whether to vaccinate children.  Such conflicts, if forced to judicial determination, usually result in a “binary outcome”: one parent’s choice is viewed as a “win” or “loss.”

This panel will present collective wisdom on (1) how to resolve these pending disputes; and (2) how best to create new orders that apply the lessons learned on these trending issues compiled from insight learned from local school districts and surveying the AFCC community, family law experts and thought leaders on these issues.

(all attendees will receive a certificate of attendance a week or two after the Webinar)

  • AFCC California Chapter Members:     $25*
  • Non-Members:     $50
  • Court and Non-Profit Employees who are also AFCC California Chapter Members:     Fee Waived**

*Discount code for California Chapter members is in the email you received announcing this program, or CLICK HERE to log onto the website and receive the code.  If you have never logged into the California Chapter site GO HERE for instructions to log in for the first time.

**For the Court and Non-Profit Employees (who are also AFCC California Chapter Members), USE THIS LINK to request code.  Please include copy of ID, letterhead, business card or other proof of employment.

Continuing Education:

This Webinar provides up to 1 hour of continuing education for the professional categories listed below.

Certificate of Attendance:  Attendees are supplied a certificate of attendance.  You must attend the entire live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Attorneys: Our programs have consistently been approved by the California State Bar for general and family law specialization continuing legal education credit (MCLE & LSCLE (currently pending approval)). Program applies to specialization certification (LSCLE) in the following required topic: custody of children.  Attendees will be provided a MCLE reporting form once program has been approved by the bar.

Minor’s Counsel: The program meets the requirements for continuing education for minor’s counsel under California Rules of Court, Rule 5.242(c).

Psychologists: The webinar is eligible for up to 1 hour of continuing education for psychologists.  The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter (AFCC-CA), is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  AFCC-CA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

LCSW and MFT: AFCC-CA is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now recognizes CPA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs. AFCC-CA maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.

California Child Custody Evaluators and Mediators: The course outlined in the agenda has been approved as corresponding to subject areas specified in California Rules of Court, Rule 5.210, 5.225, and 5.518.  The views expressed in this training are those of the trainer and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the Judicial Council of California.

Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will be able to identify the unique dilemmas created for families and students during the pandemic resulting from inadequate custody orders.
    • Participants will be able to recognize the intersection between legal custody orders and the educational system.
    • Participants will be able to assess the benefits of proactive language in legal custody orders as a tool in reducing acrimony between co-parents and eliminating unnecessary conflict.
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