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Knowing if, how and when to use an expert is critical to the success of many family law files. Mistakes can be fatal – and costly. Over one intensive day, acquire the key information and strategies you need to navigate these issues with confidence.

Counsel are increasingly relying upon experts to advance their clients’ interests. But you need to know what you – and your expert – are doing, in order to make the most of what is potentially an expensive investment. Learn from judges, experienced practitioners and experts who will give you practical strategies and advice about how to make effective use of your expert throughout the various stages of a family law dispute. Drill down on the fundamentals, including a cross-examination demonstration which will guide you through how to qualify your expert witness and how to effectively cross an expert on their report.

Topics include:

  • The role of the independent expert: How to ensure your expert is and remains a neutral
  • Psychological testing in custody assessments: When is it appropriate? What are the “gold standard” tests in 2018? Understanding your reporting and disclosure obligations
  • How “expert” is your or the other side’s expert?
  • Purpose and limits of Voice of the Child reports
  • Key issues in real property evidence including how to deal with Ontario’s ever-changing housing market
  • The need to know about expert evidence in business valuations


The Hon. Susan E. Lang, (former Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal), author of the “Motherisk Report”

Judith M. Nicoll, McInnis & Nicoll


  • The Hon. Justice R. John Harper, Superior Court of Justice
  • The Hon. Justice Lene Madsen, Superior Court of Justice
  • Brian Burke, Epstein Cole LLP
  • Dr. Daniel Fitzgerald, Psychologist in private practice
  • Andrew Freedman, CPA, CA•IFA, CBV, ASA, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps Canada Limited
  • Katherine Kavassalis, Legal Director Personal Rights Department, Office of the Children’s Lawyer
  • Alfred A. Mamo, McKenzie Lake Lawyers
  • Paul McInnis, McInnis & Nicoll
  • Avra Rosen, Rosen Sack LLP
  • Edward M. Saxe, CRA, P.App.
  • Jacqueline Vanbetlehem, BSW, MA, RSW, Acc. F.M.
  • Paula White, CPA, CA, CBV, Paula White Valuations

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.  For financial assistance, please email financialaid-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.


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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
October 15, 2018
Fee per Delegate

$525 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Family Lawyers
  • General practitioners whose practice includes family law

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