Family Arbitration


This 40-hour course on conducting Family Arbitrations is approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario, and it counts toward the training requirements for the new Certified Family Arbitrator (C.F. Arb.) Designation. This course is designed to satisfy the educational requirements of the Family Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006 and accompanying Regulations, and will include lectures, discussion, exercises and role plays. We will feature guest lecturers and coaches and provide an extensive casebook.

This course has been postponed to Fall 2017.


The government recently passed new legislation entailing dramatic changes to family law arbitration in Ontario. The Family Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006 (the “Act”) requires for the first time the regulation of family law arbitrators.

Family law arbitrators will include mental health professionals, faith professionals and lawyers who conduct either formal or informal arbitrations regarding family law issues, including parenting coordination. The proposed Regulations under the Act will require every arbitrator who conducts family arbitration: (1) To have received training, approved by the Attorney General; and (2) To be a member of a specified dispute resolution organization or of a specified class of members of such an organization.

Participant Comments:

“Excellent overview and relevant statutes and related materials. Lorne and Barbara’s knowledge and experience were very helpful and informative.” – Paula White, CA, CBV – Cole & Partners

“Great course, very interesting! The mock arbitrations were fun!” – Julie Guindon, BA,LL.B. – Ottawa, On

“Outstanding!” – Gerald Stotland, Lawyer – Montreal, Qu

“I just wanted to thank you both again for your efforts in planning and teaching the Arbitration Course. While we learned a tremendous amount about arbitration, we will also be better advocates as a result of our experience in the course.” – Wendy Miller, Lawyer, Barrie, On

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