Live Webinar: Complex Child Support Matters: Tips and Traps for Family Lawyers


Date:  Wednesday 25th October – Online:
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas:  2.30pm to 4.30pm 
SA: 2pm to 4pm  WA: 11.30am to 1.30pm 
NT: 1pm to 3pm  Qld: 1.30pm to 3.30pm

While you may not see child support matters on a daily basis, there can be the odd tricky one that comes across your desk and forces you to consider a number of complex administrative and legal issues.  This session examines:

  • Working through the procedures – what does that involve and where do you begin?
  • Child support agreements:
    • strategies to gain early agreement
    • what to include in the agreement – a practical guide
  • Objections, reviews and appeals
  • What happens if a parent doesn’t comply with a court order?
  • Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support – what is Australia’s position?
  • Case study: Variation of overseas maintenance and child support applications in Australian courts
  • Child Support Registrar v Higgins [2016] FamCAFC 2
Our presenter

Catherine Devine, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

Cath Devine has extensive experience in all areas of Family Law, with a particular interest and expertise in Child Support advice and advocacy.

Cath has appeared as junior counsel and on appeal on numerous occasions.  Her prior work includes: Many applications to set aside Child Support Agreements; Drafting complex Child Support Agreements; Advising clients in relation to same-sex relationships and sperm donor arrangements; Appearing for culturally diverse and linguistically diverse clients; and Sensitivity to difficult family and interpersonal situations.

Cath recently completed her Masters of Laws (Family Law) at the College of Law, and was awarded the Sandra Paull Memorial Prize as the student with the highest average mark in that course in 2015. 

Cath has also been nominated for the Women in Law Awards 2013, and was selected as a finalist in the Sheahan Lock Junior Barrister's Award, for the best female barristers in Australia under 10 years call. Cath was awarded the inaugural Best Advocate Award in the Hanover Mooting Competition, held by the Law Institute of Victoria, in 2002.

Cath has appeared in the Federal Magistrates' Court, Family Court, VCAT, the Children's Court, Magistrates' Court and the County Court. She is willing to undertake circuit work when required.


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.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:

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Once you’ve registered for the webinar, we send you a link so that you can login to the webinar from your computer. The speaker delivers the session from their computer in real time. Just like a live seminar, you can ask questions of the speaker. You simply type your question into the question box and the speaker responds to it during question time.
At the end of the webinar session we send you a certificate to confirm your attendance and the number of CPD hours you earned.

You will need a computer with sound, an internet connection and earphones if you need to participate in the webinar in an open office environment (so you don’t disrupt those around you).

Product Code: RBQOCT17
 Price:   $253.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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