Monday, March 4, 2024 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM PST
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Terri Breer

New Day Divorce 



4th Dialog on Family Law System Reform

Join us for a lively discussion on the need to redesign the family law system to better meet the needs of families and the family law courts.  Is the current family law system working in your jurisdiction? Do you have ideas on reforms that you would like to see enacted to improve the system? What programs are working well at your local courthouse?  Do you believe the family law system in your jurisdiction is broken? 

Terri Breer, Attorney and Mediator with over 30 years in family law will start the discussion and will be joined by Family Law Attorney Mediators, Jennifer Winestone and Jeff Jacobson who have developed proposed legislation for a Joint Petition for family law matters in California.  They have not only drafted the proposed revisions to the Family Law Code to implement their Joint Petition but have discussed the proposed legislation and sample proposed forms with several family law bench officers, legal  professionals and organizations and have begun collecting endorsements from many leaders in the family law and mental health communities as well as bar associations and collaborative association.  Jennifer and Jeff believe that the current Petition and Response are archaic forms designed for litigated cases, with checkboxes that often have relevance only in default proceedings.  Further, they believe that by requiring early and adversarial positioning, the current construction of the forms are entirely incompatible with the goals of consensual dispute resolution.  This increases stress and conflict, and cretes unintended barriers to settlement. Their proposal is to provide a Joint Petition that does not require a petitioner and respondent in the traditional sense and does not need to be served on either party.  We will hear more from these two professional colleagues about their proposed legislative reform, their progress so far and their goals for the project. 

In addition we will spend a some time discussing and reviewing the various written notices that are provided to divorcing parties in several California jurisdictions when they receive their conformed copies of the Summons & Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and that notify them  of the opportunities for mediation and other forms of consensual dispute resolution.

Let's talk about what we might do as family law professional and court staff members to better serve the families in our communities and improve how we deliver family law services.  What changes can we make and should we make as family law professionals to improve the delivery of family services in our jurisdictions?

We will be using a Zoom meeting format for this program.  We looking forward to having you share your thoughts on this important topic.