Family Law Drafting Essentials in Property and Parenting Matters – a live lunchtime online conference

Online Conferences,Family Law,Family Law Drafting Essentials in Property and Parenting Matters – a live lunchtime online conference
Tuesday 17th August 2021

Vic, NSW, ACT, Qld, Tas: 12 noon to 2.45pm
SA/NT: 11.30am to 2.15pm
WA: 10am to 12.45pm

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Hear from the experts at this online lunchtime conference. You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device from anywhere.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there'll be a chairperson, presentations and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions via online chat.

One registration can be shared by colleagues within the same firm utilising the same login.


Session 1: When Near Enough Isn’t Good Enough: Accuracy in the Completion of Financial Statement

The template provided in the Family Law Act 1975 for completion by each party of their financial position is a “one size fits all”. This can lead to frustration as well as inaccurate recording of financial position. This session will provide practical guidance on how to satisfactorily represent your client’s position while at the same time meeting the obligations under the Act. It covers:

  • Financial disclosure obligations and consequences of non-compliance
  • Documenting the money trail – letters of advice and requests for asset information
  • A journey through the Financial Statement template – key issues
  • Using the template creatively – strategies for accurate financial information provision
  • Getting the message across where complex financial arrangements exist
  • Dealing with estimations and contingencies in income information
  • Tips for managing and avoiding challenges

Session 2: Drafting Pleadings Involving Third Parties in Family Law Matters

Dealing with third parties presents particular challenges in the family law jurisdiction. This is particularly evident when drafting pleadings involving third parties, such as parents or business partners of the divorcing couple  This session looks at the key issues, including;

  • The jurisdiction of the Family Court over third parties – the Federal Court hegemony
  • State Supreme Court – matrimonial jurisdiction and transfer
  • Who can be a third party and why joined?
  • Forms of relief and their impact on drafting
  • Drafting the claim against the third party – essential do’s and don’ts
  • Case studies in third party pleadings

Session 3: Purpose and Persuasion: Drafting Parenting Orders that Work

Drafting orders for parents who cannot reach agreement and are in a state of perpetual disagreement is a daunting task. This session will explore the issues for practitioners in achieving a workable arrangement and provide practical drafting tips, including:

  • Legislative provisions relating to parenting orders and the power of the courts
  • What can be in a parenting order? What should not be in a parenting order?
  • What are the characteristics of a good parenting order?
  • Prescribe don’t describe: drafting tips and techniques for clear, logical and practical orders
  • Defining obligations – how detailed do orders need to be?
  • Key questions for drafters:
  • What major parental decisions need to be covered?
  • Are there particular problems that need to be addressed?
  • How old are the children? If teenagers, to what extent are orders necessary?
  • How far can orders be future proofed?
  • To what extent should orders extend to moderating behaviour and emotions?
  • Case studies

Barry Berger, Partner, Dignity.EDR – Effective Dispute Resolution, Melbourne (Chair)

Jeff Marhinin, Partner, Barkus Doolan Family Lawyers, Sydney

Kay Feeney, Director, Feeney Family Law, Brisbane

Mark MacDiarmid, Principal, Mark MacDiarmid Family Law, Sydney

  • It was just like being at a well run conference but in many ways better. 
  • This option is of great assistance to country practitioners.
  • The live online conference format worked well and made the speakers more engaging than a recording.
  • Our team used the boardroom.  We could talk and discuss the presentation without feeling we were imposing on others and you could submit a question, which we did.  All from the comfort of our own office.
  • The conference was well organised and the email links very useful.

Delegates registered to attend the LIVE event will receive a CPD certificate for attendance.  Lawyers can claim up to 2.5 CPD units/points (substantive law).


If you register and pay by 30th July 2021 you will pay only $495 – a saving of $55 off the full price conference registration fee of $550.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Hayley Williams–Cameron on (03) 8601 7730 or email: [email protected]

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Product Code: OFLAUG21
 Price:   $495.00 (Inclusive of GST)