There are roughly 14,000 divorces a year in Quebec and it is estimated that one out of every two couples that will
tie the proverbial "knot" over the next year, will sadly see their union dissolve through divorce proceedings.
Furthermore, lawyers need to contend with the fact that this is certainly the age of the non-traditional family. This is also a time where
we all need to sharpen our skills and reflexes to deal with this reality in issues arising from shared custody, to mediation, to the actual
Today's family law practitioner, more than ever, has to fully grasp the different steps involved in the typical divorce
file where there are a lot of "atypical" realities that need attention. Today's family practitioner also has to develop skills to manage
client demands, court expectations, tact, empathy and an overall ability to communicate advice and options to allow for informed choices
by the clients at a difficult time in their lives.
This one day course will address the different stages in divorce proceedings from the first consultation with the client to the closure of the matter,
whether the parties have taken the court route or opted for a negotiated settlement. Lawyers can rely on the course content to learn about management
of a divorce file, to refresh their knowledge, and to obtain an update on current issues.
- First contacts, from the introductory phone call to the initial meeting : objectives, needs, family situation - learning to leave nothing to chance
- Assessment of client's needs and identification of procedures to undertake or to answer; interim orders, provisional measures and additional considerations
- Drafting of procedures and completing required forms
- Communications with adverse party and their lawyers
- Calculation of family patrimony and partition; determining alimentary support required, evaluating consequences of dissolution of matrimonial
regime, evaluating the appropriateness of demanding a compensatory allowance and recognizing the evidentiary burden related thereto - what you need to know
- Preparation for settlement conference (CRA); what you will need for the provisional roll call, for a possible pre-trial conference and eventually preparing for trial on the merits
Profile ofthe instructors
One highly informative course animated by two vastly experienced and talented lawyers : Me Anne A. Laverdure and Me Anne-Marie Le Couffe
Me Anne A. Laverdure
Me Laverdure has practiced law for over 25 years. Name partner with the firm Laverdure & Miller, Me Laverdure specializes in the areas
of family practice and civil law.
In addition to a very busy legal practice, Me Laverdure sits as a member of the Quebec Bar's Disciplinary Committee. She also acts
in matters involving arbitration of accounts for the Quebec Bar. A popular teacher at the École du Barreau, Me Laverdure is, moreover,
credited with the drafting of many of the written materials distributed annually to the students of the École du Barreau as part of their curriculum.
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Me Anne-Marie Le Couffe
Me Anne-Marie Le Couffe has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1985. Her specialty is and has always been in family law. She is actively sought
out as legal counsel in light of her specialized knowledge in the dynamics of the non-traditional family. Her skills and talents have allowed
her to act in numerous files that have led to jurisprudential advances in the field and in particular in relation to families with same-sex parents.
Me Le Couffe also has to her credit a solid background in drafting procedures and settlement contracts as well as writing legal information bulletins destined
for the public at large.
All of our courses are given at4, Notre-Dame Street East, 2nd floor, Montreal (Québec) H2Y 1B7
Just steps from the courthouse!