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Teachers, administrators and school boards grapple with increasingly complex family law issues. This after school webinar will provide you with a current and concise update about the most common family law issues as they play out in the education environment.

This unique OsgoodePD education webinar has been developed by education law experts to provide education professionals and their advisors with a clear understanding of the pressing family law issues facing educators today.  What are your legal obligations?  How should you handle the issues on the front-line?

This session will drill down on the tools and strategies you need in order to effectively deal with the complex family law issues educators’ face, including:

  • Interpreting court orders: understanding the role of the school/position of the board
  • Joint custody presumptions under the Education Act & dealing with front-line disputes
  • Access: from the right to education information under the Children’s Law Reform Act to inappropriate interactions with the school
  • Dealing with a court summons: What’s the process? What documents can be provided? Do you speak with counsel?
  • When does the Office of the Children’s Lawyer get involved: what are your obligations? Do you allow interviews at school? What about requests for access to information?  Is consent required?
  • Best practices in responding to requests for Ontario School Record information
  • Dealing with parental harassment
  • Update on recent Human Rights decisions: how are boards being required to adapt their policies to accommodate joint custody arrangements?


  • Robert G. Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • Wendy Lopez, Associate Counsel, Toronto District School Board

Group Discounts

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.

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, including link to program materials 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.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - Program On Demand

Date Recorded
April 26, 2016
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

$149 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • School administrators
  • Teachers
  • Supervisory Officers
  • School Trustees
  • Directors of Education
  • School Board Staff
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education and Ontario College of Teachers
  • Advocates for students and parents
  • Legal practitioners – education law practitioners, family lawyers, civil litigators, human rights

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This program is an elective towards The Osgoode Certificate in Education Law.

“The opportunity to engage with current education law and related issues was truly valuable. The focus on current issues such as cyberbullying made this relevant and important.”
Patricia Thompson, Thames Valley District School Board

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