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Family Law: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

We've just returned from an intensive Family Law conference in Toronto.  The conference was organized by the Association of Family and Concilation Courts.  I had not heard of them before but we were asked to come to the conference to present on the work that we are doing.

To quote the Association, "AFCC convenes members of multiple disciplines in the public, private and nonprofit sectors from all over the world. AFCC is unique as a professional association because members do not all share a common profession. Rather, AFCC members share a strong committment to education, innovation and collaboration to benefit communities, empower families and promote a healthy future for children. 

They were like no collection of people I had ever encountered before.  They are passionate about family law.  They are, each of them, called to the practice in their different disciplines.  The conference was intense and fulfilling, consisting of more than 80 workshops on deep, timely, cutting edge issues in family law. 

The Association had heard about the work we are doing at The Manely Firm and wanted us to present on it.  I went in more than eager to talk about our efforts to reform and enhance the way family law is conducted.  I came out knowing I had found kindred spirits who care about families and care about the betterment of society.

I will be writing more about some of the workshops I attended so that their great work can be exposed to a still wider audience.  In the same vein as our discernment training and the Children in Between workshop training, the affiliation with this august body, helps us take our practice far beyond the next level.

I'm excited about being back at work and back to helping families.

Michael Manely

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