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 Court Room Strategies in Family Law – a live lunchtime online conference

Online Conferences,Family Law,Court Room Strategies in Family Law – a live lunchtime online conference
Wednesday 2nd February 2022
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas: 12 noon to 2.45pm
QLD: 11am to 1.45pm
SA/NT: 11.30am to 2.15pm
WA: 9.00am to 11.45am
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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: First Return Dates: Maximising Returns from the Get Go

Running a first hearing for a property or parenting matter in the FCFCOA can be complicated and dynamic at the best of times. This practical session examines how you can maximise your returns and ensure you achieve a cost-effective and productive outcome for your client. It covers:

  • Dealing with urgent matters involving property or children
  • Interim orders - what can you do?
  • Preparing the matter with your client:
    • Distilling the issues to their narrowest point
    • Can the parties agree on some issues?
  • Should you obtain a family report prior to the first return date for parenting matters?
  • How to use first return dates as a strategic tool

Session 2: Ex Parte Applications and Injunctive Relief - Practical Precautions to Protect At Risk Property

Protecting at risk matrimonial property often requires quick thinking and careful planning. Family lawyers need to be strategic in utilising the range of legal protections available for at risk property in a property dispute. This session explores the options, including:

  • Caveat over land – parameters in family law disputes
  • Injunctions to protect property – when can they be used?
  • Property protection on an interim basis
  • When will the Court exercise its discretion?
  • Third party orders to prevent the disposal of assets
  • Mareva Orders – how do they work and when are they required?

Session 3: Family Court Orders: Breaches and Enforcement

Breaches of Family Court orders often arise in property matters. Whether there is a reasonable excuse is often in dispute. This session looks at practical and procedural requirements in enforcing court orders, with reference to the new rules and procedures of the FCFCOA, including:

  • Dealing with breaches of court orders – what are your options?
  • Who can apply for an enforcement hearing?
  • Preparing for and attending the enforcement hearing
  • Standard of proof in enforcement hearings
  • How to address the ‘reasonable excuse’ defense
  • Is the pandemic a valid excuse?
  • Financial disclosure and enforcement
  • Enforcement of property orders – case studies
  • What enforcement matters can be dealt with by the registrar?
  • Cost issues

Melinda Winning, Partner, Barkus Doolan Family Lawyers, Sydney (Chair)

Stephen Page, Director & Family Law Accredited Specialist, Page Provan , Brisbane

Jeff Marhinin, Partner & Accredited Family Law Specialist, Barkus Doolan Family Lawyers, Sydney

John Spender, Partner, Kennedy Partners, Melbourne

  • 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 14th January 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: [email protected]

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Product Code: OFLFEB22
 Price:   $495.00 (Inclusive of GST)