Recorded Webinar: Enforcing Financial Agreements When Circumstances Change


12th March 2019

Duration:  approx. 2 hours

Clients may think they have signed a water-tight financial agreement that will protect them now and in the future. However, circumstances change, and the Court has a broad discretion to set aside financial agreements due to impracticability, or where there has been material change in circumstances relating to the care, welfare and development of a child. This session examines how the Court exercises its powers and the factors it takes into account when applying these grounds.

It covers:

  • Setting aside a financial agreement due to material change in circumstances:

    • what does “care, welfare and development of a child” mean?

    • what circumstances are enough?

    • establishing “hardship” – proving the necessary link between hardship and the material change

    • disability – providing for a child with special needs

    • moving interstate

    • change in parental responsibility

  • Contemplation of children in the financial agreement – can it still be set aside?

  • Defining “impracticability”

  • Recent cases

Our presenter

Neil Jackson, Barrister, Sydney   

As a family law specialist, Neil has particular expertise in property and child-related disputes. The depth of his practice also extends to expert knowledge in the law relating to de facto relationships.

Neil maintains a strong advisory practice and regularly appears in the Family Court of Australia, Family Circuit Court and in appellate courts for a broad range of clients, including the Independent Children’s Lawyer. The breadth of his practice has also seen him appear in Family Law Court Registries outside Sydney, including Townsville, Brisbane, Parramatta, Newcastle, Canberra and interstate, such as Melbourne and Perth.

Having undertaken numerous professional courses in his fields of practice, Neil possesses widespread knowledge and technical expertise. Such knowledge extends to alternative dispute resolution, where he has obtained several qualifications in family law arbitration, dispute resolution and the representation of children. He has been appointed Mediator of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and has participated in hundreds of mediations and conciliation conferences throughout his legal career.


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.

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Product Code: WBGMAR19
 Price:  $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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