Understanding the recent changes to family law in BC and their impacts on parenting experiences is critical for those working with women fleeing abuse.
That’s why West Coast LEAF partnered with Courthouse Libraries BC in June 2016 to offer a free 1.5 hour webinar aimed at frontline service providers who assist women survivors of violence–including transition house workers, settlement workers, sexual assault support workers, counsellors, and others. Lawyers who work primarily in areas other than family law may also find the webinar useful, as may family law practitioners seeking a feminist anti-violence lens on legal issues they encounter regularly. The webinar addresses common legal challenges such as parenting assessment reports, denial of parenting time, relocating with a child, and the overlap between family law and child protection matters, as well as strategies to cope with these issues. The discussion is grounded in an analysis of diverse women’s experiences navigating the family law system after leaving an abusive relationship.
West Coast LEAF’s education manager Alana Prochuk co-presented the webinar with expert guest Zara Suleman. Zara practices family law and fertility law; she is also a certified family law mediator and collaborative law practitioner. Zara has worked as an independent legal researcher and consultant and was also the Director of the Family Law Project for West Coast LEAF. She has been actively involved in presenting, writing and editing public legal education materials on family law issues. Prior to law school Zara was a frontline community advocate for over a decade.
This webinar was funded generously by the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Watch it today!
NEW! Download handouts for the webinar:
- PowerPoint slides in PDF format
- Key terms in the Family Law Act
- List of family law referrals in BC – with thanks to Amber Prince at Atira Women’s Resource Society, used by permission
About the organizers:
Courthouse Libraries is a non-profit organization in BC helping lawyers and the community find and use legal information. You can contact them at 1-800-665-2570 or email the training coordinator at email@example.com.
West Coast LEAF is BC’s first and only organization dedicated to advancing women’s equality through the law. West Coast LEAF has been working since 1985 to end discrimination against women through equality rights litigation, law reform, and public legal education. To learn more about West Coast LEAF’s public legal education programming, including this webinar, please contact Alana Prochuk at 604-684-8772 extension 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.