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Upcoming Virtual Event: Voice of the Child

Free Live Virtual Event Series
Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Family Law Now 🎙 LIVE presents a virtual event with a panel of Ontario divorce lawyers of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and guest family law professionals.

Voice of the Child

Wednesday, June 1st at 12 PM EDT

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In this 1-hour live virtual event, Ontario family lawyers, Russell Alexander and Golan Yaron, along with Jonathan Paynter, a collaborative family law professional specializing in social work, psychotherapy, and family mediation, will be discussing the ‘Voice of the Child’ as it applies to Ontario family law proceedings.

The panelists will be discussing the following topics:
1. What is a Voice of the Child report (VOC)
– legislation, purpose
2. When: before or during court, anytime
3. Who prepares the VOC report
– qualifications & training
4. Private vs OCL, Judicial interviews
5. The How
– Where are interviews conducted
– How many?
– How is the report delivered? Oral vs written
6. Weight: treatment by counsel, parents, and Judges
7. Screening: Alienation and other influences
8. The Child’s Right to Counsel
9. Challenging VOC reports
10. Case Law

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit their questions to the panelists. The panelists will reserve time for a dedicated Q&A segment at the end of the presentation. To respect confidentiality, all attendees’ identities will remain anonymous to other audience members.

Registration is complimentary. Reserve your spot now as spaces are limited.

Those who attend a live virtual event and provide feedback to our team will receive a free digital copy of one of Russell’s recent e-book releases.

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Speakers

Russell Alexander headshot portrait family lawyer

Russell Alexander
Family Lawyer

Russell is the Founder and Senior Partner of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers. With over 20 years of experience, Russell offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Collaborative Family Law. He uses his experience with a client-focused approach by creating unique solutions for each of his clients to enable them and their families to move forward with their lives in a compassionate and collaborative manner.

Golan Yaron, Family Lawyer

Golan Yaron
Family Lawyer

Golan is an associate family lawyer and a certified mediator with over 25 years of legal experience. He was first called to the Bar in Israel in 1996 and then called to the Bar in Ontario in 2003. Golan has extensive experience in representing clients and negotiation agreements as well as trial work. He also has experience in negotiating with the authorities to advance a client’s interests and have represented clients at various levels of court including on Appeals.

Jonathan Paynter, Family Law Professional

Jonathan Paynter
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Accredited Family & Child Protection Mediator, Collaborative Family Professional

Jonathan is a registered social worker and psychotherapist who works in the Family Court system, completing custody and access assessments, parenting capacity assessments, and youth court assessments. He specializes in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and couples counselling and holds certificates in Collaborative Family Law, Advanced Family Mediation, Family Arbitration, Domestic Violence Screening, Offender Relapse Prevention, and Actuarial Assessment of Risk. Jonathan is on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, holding the executive position as Secretary of the Board, as well as being Chair of the Accreditation and the Course Approval committees. 

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About the author

Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

For more information, visit our website, or you can call us at: 905-655-6335.