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18th Annual Family Law Conference Online

Family lawyers are tasked with guiding families through some of life's toughest challenges. From contested property settlements to parental disputes and financial disagreements, they provide vital support during emotionally charged times. TEN The Education Network’s 18th Annual Fa........


Thursday 8 & Friday 9 August 2024

Imperial Hotel, Gold Coast (formerly Palazzo Versace)

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About the Conference

Family lawyers are tasked with guiding families through some of life's toughest challenges. From contested property settlements to parental disputes and financial disagreements, they provide vital support during emotionally charged times. TEN The Education Network’s 18th Annual Family Law Conference delves into these critical issues, offering the latest insights, strategies, and best practices to empower family lawyers in their practice. Dive deep into topics like BFA strategies for new relationships, the value of discretionary trust entitlements, as well as disclosure and publication challenges. Plus, explore sessions on the implications of the new parenting regime, and effective strategies for managing special needs clients. This year’s conference also includes not-to-be-missed sessions from The Honourable Justice Suzanne Christie on navigating relocation of children applications, as well Senior Judicial Registrar Ann-Maree McDiarmid on the operations and outcomes of the National Contravention List.

Day 1 – Thursday 8 August 2024

Parenting Arrangements

  • Family Law Parenting Arrangements: A New Pathway or Stuck on the Same Old Road?
  • Has Varying Final Parenting Orders become a lot more Difficult?
  • Up, Up and Away: Family Law and the Relocation of Children
  • Child Support Departures: Has the Bar been set too High?

Courtroom Strategies

  • Loose Lips Sink Ships: Disclosure and Publication Challenges under the new Family Law Regime
  • Special Need Clients: Managing Impact and Risk in Family Law
  • Hand in Hand: The Evidence Act and Family Law Proceedings

Day 2 – Friday 9 August 2024

Diving into the Asset Pool and Financial Matters

  • Everlasting Love? BFA Protection Strategies for New Relationships
  • A Moveable Feast: The Value of Discretionary Trust Entitlements in Family Law Property Settlements
  • Superannuation and Relationship Breakdown: Cracking Open the Nest Egg

Contemporary Challenges

  • When Coercive Control meets Family Law: The Responsibilities of Legal Practitioners
  • The National Contravention List: Its Impact and Outcomes

The Faculty

The Honourable Rodney K Burr AM, Retired Justice, Family Court of Australia, Adelaide

Jacky Campbell, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Forte Family Lawyers, Melbourne

Adam Cooper, Principal, Cooper Family Law, Spring Hill, Qld

The Hon. Justice Suzanne Christie, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Sydney

Barry Berger, Family Law Accredited Specialist, a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer and an AIFLAM Accredited Arbitrator, Dignity EDR, Melbourne

Dr Sophia Franks, B. Bus, B, Arts, G. Dip (Prof Psy), G. Dip (Parent-Infant Mental Health), M. Psy (Clin), PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Single Expert Witness, Brisbane

Adrian Stone, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Goldstone Family Lawyers, Melbourne

The Hon. Colin Forrest SC, Barrister, Mediator, Arbitrator, Sessional Judicial Member, QCAT, Brisbane

Cathie Blanchfield, Principal, Blanchfield Nicholls, Sydney

Ian Kennedy AM, Senior Partner, Kennedy Partners, Melbourne

Peter Crump, Senior Consultant, Private Wealth, BDO, Adelaide

Stephen Page, Family Law Accredited Specialist; 2023 Queensland Law Society President’s Medal Recipient, Director, Page Proven, Brisbane

Senior Judicial Registrar, Ann-Maree McDiarmid, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Brisbane, Qld

Cath Devine LLB LLM (Family Law), Barrister, Melbourne


Feedback from last year’s conference:

  • Great bunch of people and lovely speakers! Overall very well organized and lovely to attend again!
  • I always love this conference. It is my 5th. It is high level which I appreciate. I enjoyed it overall.
  • Papers always on point and relevant. Speakers convey well their topics and with humour. Also a good opportunity to meet interstate practitioners with like interests.
  • Really excellent content thank you!

CPD Certificate

Lawyers (except WA):  11 CPD units/points (substantive law)

Lawyers WA:  6 CPD points (substantive law) – being the maximum allowable per conference by the LPBWA.  TEN is an accredited provider.

All delegates attending the conference will receive a CPD Certificate confirming attendance.


CPD SPECIAL OFFER – Get your 10 CPD units for this CPD year including the compulsory subjects

All delegates (except WA lawyers) who register and pay by 21.6.24 (the early bird expiry date) will receive 3 recorded webinars covering each of the compulsory subjects (ethics, professional skills, practice mgmt & business skills) so that you earn your 10 CPD units for the CPD year end 31 March 2025.  The recorded webinars will be supplied to you in February 2025 following the running of our annual family law CPD compulsory webinar set.

Registration Special Offer

If you register and pay by 21 June 2024 you will pay only $1980 – a saving of $308 off the full price conference registration fee of $2288 – plus you will receive the 3 compulsory recorded webinars covering ethics, prof skills, practice mgmt. & business skills).

*** Extra Early Bird Coupon Code Offer ***

If you register and pay by 24 May 2024 you can use the coupon code FAMLAW24 to take another $110 off the early bird registration rate at the checkout, bringing your registration fee down to $1870.  This offer is strictly limited and will expire on 24.5.24.

Multiple registration discount?

If you would like to send 3 or more people from your company to this conference the following discounts apply:

  • 3 registrations – 5% discount off each registration
  • 4 registrations – 10% discount off each registration
  • 5 or more registrations – 15% discount off each registration

To access this discount simply contact Jenna (details below) to organise the registrations for you.

One-day only? We do accept bookings for attending one day only.  To organise a one-day booking, please contact Jenna.


If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Manager, Jenna Pickrell, on (03) 8601 7729 or email: [email protected]

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