Live Webinar: Parenting Disputes and the Child’s Best Interests Following the High Court Decision in Bondelmonte v Bondelmonte


Date:   Thursday 24th May 2018 – Online:
Vic, NSW, Qld, ACT, Tas: 3pm to 5pm  
SA & NT 2.30pm to 4.30pm 
WA 1pm to 3pm

The paramount consideration in any parenting case is determining what is in the best interest of the child. There are a range of factors that should be considered. However, as the High Court demonstrated recently in Bondelmonte v Bondelmonte, not all factors are given equal weight. This practical session looks at how the court assesses what is in the best interest of the child.  It covers:  

  • What does “best interests of the child” mean?
  • Understanding the primary and additional considerations under the Family Law Act
  • Children’s express wishes and views – what weight are they given?
  • Spotlight on the High Court’s decision in Bondelmonte v Bondelmonte [2017] HCA 8
  • Parental alienation – how do the courts respond?
  • Court delays in determining parenting matters – how does this impact parental responsibility?
  • Recent cases
Our presenter

Graeme Hearl, Senior Partner, Delaney Lawyers, Sydney South

Graeme Hearl was admitted to practice in 1976 and has practiced almost exclusively in the area of family law. From 1984 through to 1989 he was a Deputy Registrar in the Family Court of Australia at Sydney, and was for a time Acting Deputy Principal Registrar. He was also an ex officio member of the Law Society of New South Wales Family Law Committee, and a member of the first Liaison Committee between the Family court of Australia and the NSW Local Court.

Graeme is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a long standing member of the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales’ panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers, a former member of the Legal Aid Review Committee, and an accredited specialist in Family Law.

Graeme has also been a presenter at Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminars for many years.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in family law – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim up to 2 CPD [CLE] units/points – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 2 hours, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion, and the minimum length of the webinar is 1.5 hours.

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Product Code: RBPMAY18
 Price:   $253.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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