Determining Whats Fair in Family Law Property Settlements - a live half-day online conference

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Wednesday 6 May 2020

Vic, NSW, Tas, ACT, Qld 1.30pm to 5pm
SA & NT 1.00pm to 4.30pm 
WA 11.30am to 3pm

-31 DAYS
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Hear from the experts at this online half day conference.

You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device from anywhere and you have an opportunity to ask questions during the conference via the online question portal.

Session 1: The Impact of COVID-19 on Property Settlements

As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, clients have watched the sudden and vicious decline in the value of their assets. How will this impact family law property settlements, and what should you be advising your clients to do now? This session examines the practical challenges family lawyers need to navigate in the current landscape, including:

  • Manage property settlements agreed to but not finalised by the parties

  • How to manage valuation issues with real property

  • Decreasing business valuations and timing issues

  • Navigating evidentiary requirements during uncertain times

  • Issues with superannuation splits

  • Dealing with estimations and contingencies in income information

  • Tips and tricks for practitioners

Speaker: Barry Berger, Partner & Accredited Family Law Specialist, Berger, Kordos Lawyers, Melbourne

Session 2:  Adjusting for Future Needs in Property Settlements  

The third step in the four step process that the Court applies to property settlements is to determine whether there are any special circumstances that require adjustment to the property settlement amount. Sounds simple in theory, however, the Courts’ approach to future needs adjustments can be inconsistent and difficult to predict, leading to frustrated and unhappy clients This practical session helps to demystify the process and provides a framework for considering adjustments, including:

  • The purpose behind s 75(2) FLA
  • Navigating the commonly – and not so commonly – argued future needs factors
  • Understanding the questions the Court might seek answers to
  • Calculating the adjustment – understanding the Court’s approach
  • Impact of children on s 75(2) factors
  • Case study: Dealing with a significant disparity between the parties’ respective post-separation standards of living
  • Update on recent cases

Session 3:  Unrealised Tax Liabilities and the Family Court

The Family Court often ignores unrealised capital gains tax and other tax liabilities.  But does this approach result in a just and equitable outcome for the parties?   Why should one party receive tax free assets and the other party receive assets with future tax liabilities that have not been taken into account?  This session looks at the Family Court’s views on tax liabilities and considers the arguments you can raise to assist with obtaining a just and equitable outcome for your clients.  It covers:

  • Should an unrealised capital gains tax be recognised by the Family Court?

  • How do you ‘value’ an unrealised tax liability?

  • Franking credits and retained profits: Are they an asset or liability?

  • What can you do with franking credits and retained profits.

  • Div 7A loan agreements: Do they make future tax liabilities invisible in Family Law matters?


Emma Swart, Barrister & Accredited Mediator, Melbourne (Chair)

Neil McGregor, Barrister & Mediator, Brisbane Chambers

Barry Berger, Partner & Accredited Family Law Specialist, Berger, Kordos Lawyers, Melbourne

Nick Gaudion, Director, Cutcher & Neale, North 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 3 CPD units/points – substantive law.


If you register and pay by 17 April 2020 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, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:

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Product Code: OFLMAY20
 Price:   $550.00 (Inclusive of GST)