The Intersection of Criminal, Dependency and Family Law -

a Round Table Discussion on Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Sexual Assault Cases

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from 12 noon to 1 pm

Presented by Robin Sax, JD and LCSW and Jaclyn Nelson, Dependency/Child Welfare Lawyer

Family lawyers routinely handle child-related issues that cross over into child welfare (dependency) and criminal investigations.  While topics such as parenting time, decision-making responsibilities, and child support are part of the typical family law practice.  However, family lawyers are often faced with complex issues that creep into family law cases — abuse allegations, substance use and abuse, interpersonal violence, stalking, harassment and disturbing the peace.  These issues often have implications and parallel investigations that need the perspective of a dependency lawyer and criminal lawyer.  Family lawyers must understand such issues to properly advise clients and need to know when the back up of other professionals is needed.  We are your multi-disciplinary team that will address how to identify crossover and potential crossover cases, get tips on how to stay AHEAD of these types of cases and allegations, strategies for deescalating scrutiny of investigation agencies (CPS/DCFS/Police), and learn investigative techniques and strategies and a multi-disciplinary team approach that can help their clients.  The ultimate goal of this webinar is to have the audience gain a better understanding of the nuances, pitfalls and problems when one set of facts lands you in three different courts and systems.


  • AFCC California Chapter Members – 40% off:     $30*
  • 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: problems of domestic violence.  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, 5.518, and 5.215/5.230.  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.

Domestic Violence Training: This webinar is an opportunity to obtain 1 hour towards the Domestic Violence Update Training/Spousal or Partner Abuse, pursuant to California Rules of Court 5.215 and 5.230.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the common scenarios and cases and crimes where criminal law, dependency, and family law intersect.
  2. Participants will be able to differentiate between the three different legal arenas from how lawyers work, what the goals are of the different systems, and understanding the players in the various settings.
  3. Participants will be able to understand the nuances of the lawyer/client relationship including how the different lawyers work (even fee structures are different) to court decorum, timelines, and court orders.
  4. Participants will be able to identify steps to effectively navigate (and investigate) family law cases that have companion criminal law or dependency cases or criminal implications while illustrating the need for early intervention (and investigation).

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Cancellation Policy:   

There will be no refunds issued after Friday, December 2, 2022.  Request your cancellation and refund by email to

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