HLG Attends AFCC’s 60th Anniversary Conference

Herring Law Group attorney, Taylor Fuller, recently attended the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ (AFCC) annual conference 60 Years of Asking the Difficult Questions in Los Angeles. 

HLG is a member of the AFCC, which is the “interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.”  It focuses on “serving the needs of children among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging education, research and innovation and identifying best practices.”  While the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (aaml.org) and the International Academy of Family Lawyers (iafl.com), in which HLG is also involved, focus on all manner of family law concerns, the AFCC narrowly focuses on children, custody and parenting.

The Conference’s presenters included many of the nationally prominent mental health and parenting/custody professionals with whom HLG regularly works.

Through Taylor, we dove deeper into a variety of developing issues and concepts, particularly on the last 60 years of evolving in the complex process of resolving parenting time disputes, navigating high conflict custody issues in the presence of domestic violence, the consequences of Kayden’s Law on parent-child reunification, and the new AFCC and APA Guidelines on Parenting Plan/Child Custody Evaluations.

At the Conference, Taylor’s other areas of focus included:

  • Asking difficult questions in addressing parent-child contact problems.
  • The pros and cons of the various popular post-separation parenting apps
  • Demystifying Hague Convention.
  • Navigating cases with “too much conflict, not enough trust and respect.”
  • Identifying and dealing with personality disorders.

Taylor learned strategies for fostering resilience in clients who navigate co-parenting in the face of mental health issues and/or personality disorders. HLG possesses a nuanced understanding of non-adversarial and hybrid dispute resolution processes, domestic violence, shared parenting plans, developmental needs of children, parent-child contact problems, and substance misuse in parenting disputes.

HLG remains a strong supporter of the AFCC.  We thank Taylor for her enthusiastic participation!