Date: 30th March 2021 - 31st March 2021
CPD Hours: 6hoursTaking place in March 2021, this online conference will be dedicated to the key issues around children and families.
6 hours verifiable CPD | across two mornings
Following our January event on financial provisions and relationship breakdown, our second Family Law Conference for 2021 will be entirely dedicated to the key issues around children and families.
Taking place over the course of two mornings, our online event will explore the core developments that affect children’s rights in relation to family formation, litigation, and breakdown in the context of both domestic and international developments. Join us for comprehensive guidance on the latest legislative developments, issues of child relocation and abduction in the wake of Brexit, trauma-informed practice in family law litigation and much more.
The programme will give you many opportunities to discuss with colleagues and speakers and to reflect on the matters that most affect your work.
- Reflect on the impact of the last 12 months on children-relates issues for family law practitioners, with particular attention to child contact
- Get expert guidance on the latest legislative developments
- Learn about the key issues in assessing parental rights and responsibilities in modern family formations (including surrogacy, donor conception, adoption)
- Gain insight into trauma-informed practice and expert evidence in family litigation, and how these affect children’s views in the courts
- Discuss key child relocation and abduction issues in the context of Brexit
Session One will look at the impact of Covid-19 on the law and practice of child law, with particular attention to issues around residence and contact. It will then provide an overview of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 ahead of the dedicated workshop taking place later in the year.
- Reflecting on the impact of Covid-19 on child law and practice
- The main issues around residence and contact
- Overview of the main changes to the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and their practical implications for your work
- Practical guidance on the main changes to court procedure
Session Two will discuss the main issues around PRRs in the context of modern family formations, and provide a case law update on adoption and permanence orders.
- Surrogacy, donor conception, same-sex couples
- Case law update
- Discussion of key issues and recent decisions
Bring your own lunch and join peers and colleagues for an informal and relaxed group discussion.
The session is meant to provide you with the opportunity to share your experience and reflect on the practical implications of last 12 months on your work, as well as the challenges and opportunities post-Covid.
Please note: this session will not be recorded.
This session is optional.
Session One will focus on trauma informed practice for practitioners working with children; and discuss the key issues around expert evidence in court cases involving children. A panel discussion will then reflect on how these issues inform children’s views in the family courts.
- Practitioners’ perspective: how to give witnesses a very good instruction? When to instruct a witness, why to instruct a witness, how the court will treat the evidence
- Expert’s perspective: what do we need from practitioners for a good letter of instruction?
- Trauma-informed practice and expert evidence: how does this inform children’s views in the family courts?
The final session will focus on relationship breakdown, and discuss the core issues around child relocation, abduction and maintenance with particular attention to the post-Brexit landscape.
"This is one of the most interesting and useful CPD events I have ever attended. I would definitely book this CPD again in years to come"
"Excellent conference. Good, relevant and useful topics"
"Fantastic quality and great overview of all topics covered"
"Much needed practical advice"
"Great conference with a lot of useful information and very interesting speakers"
"Excellent, relevant seminar that will be useful to me in practice"