Recorded Webinar: Impact of Substance Abuse in Parenting Matters


19th November 2018

Duration:  approx. 1.5 hours

Once allegations of drug or alcohol abuse have been raised in family law proceedings, the court will take the allegations very seriously. As a family lawyer, what can you do to assist your client who has an ex-partner that is either still using drugs, or was a previous drug user?  This session looks at the challenges of substance abuse in parenting matters and covers: 

  • Evidence gathering – what evidence is needed to show substance abuse is an issue?
    • urine screen analysis
    • hair analysis
    • subpoenaing third parties
  • Seeking orders for drug testing
  • How should this evidence be presented before the court?
  • Engaging the right of expert in these matters
  • Will positive drug tests result in the children being placed with the other parent?
  • What is in the best interest of the child?
    • protecting a child from physical or psychological harm
    • providing for the emotional and intellectual needs of the child
    • avoiding family violence
Our presenter

Peter Magee, Managing Partner, Armstrong Legal, Sydney

Peter is a partner of Armstrong Legal and head of the Family Law Division. He has over 15 years’ experience.

In the past, Peter acted in a broad range of high profile cases, including cases involving some of Australia’s most wealthy people in matters involving close to $1 billion. He also acted in cases involving athletes in and out of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, as well as some of Australia’s largest companies, both publicly listed and privately owned. These companies included major insurers and some household brands.

Even though he has been involved in high profile cases, over the last decade Peter has chosen to specialise in the area of family law. He says: “The reason for this is simple. I want to make a difference in people’s lives.”

His past experience dealing with large cases benefits his family law clients by providing insight into complex and tactical issues. As a result, Peter can often achieve settlements outside Court that may otherwise have not been achievable.


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: WBKNOV18
 Price:  $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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