The Conscious Contracts Process in Family Law


Nicolle Kopping-Pavars

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J. Kim Wright

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The Conscious Contracts® model is a proprietary process for creating sustainable, relational and values-based agreements. The process provides a framework for authentic communication, connection, clarity, and relationship design.  It builds on best practices of modern contracts like plain language, design thinking, and using visuals. It is also influenced by restorative justice, collaboration, and conscious business practices. A key principle is that contracts do not belong to the lawyers or the court. They are living documents which reflect the parties’ desires to come together for a shared purpose. Participants in the process find that they are inspired and even have fun creating their agreements.  They discover a new level of trust and empowerment – or they quickly realize that alignment is not possible and part as friends” J. Kim Wright.


Accredited for 8 professionalism hours and 3 EDI hours

The Conscious Contacts approach is not just forward thinking, it is vital for the practice of family law, particularly in the new reality of our current family court system not being able to keep up with or service the demands of families in transition.

Expectations about the role of family law lawyers in society is changing. Emerging societal views believe family law should be a force for good rather than maintaining the current adversarial litigious family law model.

By interacting with one-another as hypothetical counsel and parties to a contract, participants will gain experience in Conscious Contract negotiation and design, to address the current evolution of modern families in transition.

Presenters will facilitate the participants efforts to integrate values and family law imperatives into a hypothetical contract formation conversation, and practice providing counsel regarding the fit and fitness of the parties’ proposed co-endeavor. There will also be whole group discussion of hypothetical conflict scenarios and how “Conscious Contract” provisions enable parties to harness the creative potential inherent in conflict while minimizing its destructive impact.

This course will add a new and dynamic tool to the participants family law tool box and practice.

When:       February 18, 2022 (10:00am-5:30pm)

                February 25, 2022 (10:00am -5:30)

Where:      Via zoom

Cost:            $595 CAN (plus HST)

Register: (click on SHOP)

Accreditation: 8 professionalism