President’s Message

Ohio Chapter AFCC

AFCC is the premier international and interdisciplinary association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. AFCC’s mission is to provide family court connected professionals with tools to design and to create the best possible programs and services for families. AFCC’s members include judicial officers, attorneys, mediators, guardians, parenting coordinators, evaluators, mental health providers, researchers, academics, court administrators, and public policy makers. Members strive to work collaboratively to improve Ohio’s domestic relations, juvenile and probate courts.

The goal of the Ohio Chapter is to validate and to implement AFCC’s mission. To meet this goal the Ohio Chapter will provide leadership, training, and education about current research, innovative programs, and best practices to help members achieve the best possible outcomes for children and families. Collaboration with other organizations is also an important focus for the Chapter. This website will provide notice and updates about upcoming workshops and conferences. Another goal is to direct members to resources that help them improve their practice. We look forward to moving to meeting the important goals of the Chapter and to serving our members.

Magistrate Rosalind Florez
President, AFCC Ohio Chapter

About Us



A justice system in which all professionals work collaboratively through education, support, and access to services to achieve the best possible outcome for children and families.


The Ohio Chapter of AFCC is a child-focused organization working to enhance the well-being of children and families through the development of dispute resolution processes with a forum of interdisciplinary professionals.

Commitment to Vision

Commitment to Mission and Vision Statement

Through multi-disciplinary education events and collaborative projects, the Chapter works to improve the Ohio justice system to improve access to services that improve the lives of families.


The Ohio Chapter of AFCC was founded in 2014 as a collaboration of judges, magistrates, attorneys, mental health professionals, and dispute resolution experts to encourage membership of local professionals to the parent organization, to provide to-notch local training opportunities, and to improve the network of professionals committed to the well-being of families and children.

Local Events


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The Ohio Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) presents

Moving Beyond Intractable: Working Successfully with Entrenched Litigants

Featuring Dr. Matt Sullivan, AFCC President, as plenary speaker discussing "Intractable Conflicts: Phases and Manifestations"

April 7, 2020

Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM



9:00 - 12:15 PM Dr. Matt Sullivan: Intractable Conflicts: Phases and Manifestations

12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch and Ohio Chapter Annual Meeting

1:15 - 2:30 PM Dr. Mark Lovinger and Melissa Seagro, LISW-S: Personality Disturbances and the Impact on Child Custody Disputes

2:45 - 4:00 PM Magistrate Jeremy Richards, Attorney Erinn McKee Hannigan, and Dr. Matt Sullivan: Essential Components of Child Custody Forensic Evaluations Among Family Law Professionals


5.5 CLE/CEU Pending

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) parent organization is approved by the

American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


Ohio AFCC hotel block is available at Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris, 8411 Pulsar Pl, Columbus, OH 43240.

Reservations accepted until March 13, 2020. Please click here to reserve online or call 614-885-8400.

The group name for the hotel block is Assoc of Family & Conciliation Courts of OH.



Discounted rate (before March 20, 2020): $80 members / $110 non-members

Event rate (after March 20, 2020): $95 members / $125 non-members

Group rate: $50 per person with 5 or more attendees.

Lunch is included with registration.

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2020 Conference Flyer


AFCC Ohio- Children Playing

National Events

AFCC 57th Annual Conference

When a Child Rejects a Parent: Are We Part of the Problem or the Solution?

May 27 - May 30, 2020

New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisiana

Chapter Updates

Conference Agenda & Faculty Bios

2019 Conference Documents 2019 Conference Agenda 2019 Conference Outline 2019 Faculty Bios Power Point Handout for Plenary Session on Custody Investigations Power Point Handout for Specialized Dockets 2019 Meeting Agenda   2018 Conference Documents 2018 Faculty Bios 2018 AFCC Ohio Chapter Meeting Agenda 2017 Meeting Minutes

Annual Meeting Announcement

The 2019 AFCC Ohio Chapter meeting will be held at noon on Wednesday April 3, 2019, at the Quest Conference Center (8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240). This meeting will be held in conjunction with our annual education event titled, “Rules, Rules, Rules… How do the rules make children’s lives better?” Click to view: 2019 Meeting […]

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