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 Property Settlements in Family Law: The Thorny Issues in Practice – a recorded lunchtime online conference

Online Conferences,Family Law,Property Settlements in Family Law: The Thorny Issues in Practice – a recorded lunchtime online conference
Tuesday 30th August 2022
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: Here for a Good Time but Not a Long Time: Family Law and Later in Life Relationships

Second and later marriages, late-in-life relationships and blended families have given rise to unique and complex family law issues when the relationship both starts and ends. This session will examine some of the more common issues and provide a guide to what practitioners should be advising their clients in these circumstances, including:

  • Drafting considerations in pre-nuptial binding financial agreements for an older couple
  • How enforceable is a binding financial arrangement where one party becomes incapacitated?
  • Can a de facto relationship arise where the parties live separately?
  • What is the impact of one party going into aged care? Is this a separation for the purposes of family law?
  • How does the court view short but later in life relationships? Are there any trends in property adjustments in these situations?
  • Dealing with conflicts between estate planning arrangements and family law settlements
  • Recent cases

Session 2: The Impact of Insolvency on the Asset Pool

After a challenging few years, it is inevitable that some family law clients may be staring down the barrel of bankruptcy or insolvency. This session examines insolvency and its impact on property settlements, including:

  • Balancing the interests of the non-bankrupt spouse and creditors
  • What orders can be made in respect of property vested in the trustee?
  • Applying the doctrine of exoneration
  • Treatment of loan accounts
  • Impact of recent insolvency reforms on property settlements  
  • Case studies

Session 3: Counting the Cost of Family Violence on Property Settlements

The impact of family violence has been increasingly recognised by the courts in property settlement matters. This session examines the financial consequences of family violence, including:

  • What circumstances are necessary to raise the Kennon argument?
  • Can the Kennon argument apply to post-separation violence and conduct?
  • What evidence is required to rely on the argument?
  • The rise and recognition of emotional abuse and coercive control
  • How the assessment on contributions is calculated: Jabour & Jabour [2019] FamCAFC 78; Benson & Drury [2020] FamCAFC 21; Koch & Kest [2021] FamCA 408

Rebecca Dahl, Partner, Nicholes Family Lawyers, Melbourne (Chair)

John Spender, Principal and Family Law Accredited Specialist, Kennedy Partners, Melbourne

Stephen Mullette, Principal, Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, Parramatta, NSW

Adam Cooper, Principal, Cooper Family Law, Nundah, Queensland

  • 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 5 August 2022 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: hayley@tved.net.au

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Product Code: OFLAUG22
 Price:   $495.00 (Inclusive of GST)