Relationship Breakdown and Family Law: What’s Yours, Mine and Ours – a live lunchtime online conference

Online Conferences,Family Law,Relationship Breakdown and Family Law: What’s Yours, Mine and Ours – a live lunchtime online conference
Wednesday 19 May 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: Making Dollars and Sense out of Spousal Maintenance

The recent case of Blevins has struck fear in the hearts of many clients, and highlights a party’s ability to bring a further application for spousal maintenance some 20 years after separation. This session examines in the ins and outs of spousal maintenance, lessons from recent cases, and what practitioners should be doing now to help provide certainty to clients. It covers:

  • Types of spousal maintenance agreements – interim, urgent or part of the settlement
  • When is a party entitled to spousal maintenance?
  • Adjusting for disparities between income or earning capacities of the parties
  • Final spousal maintenance orders – are they ever truly final?
  • Is it possible to have a third bite of the cherry on spousal maintenance matters?
  • Out of time applications for spousal maintenance
  • Case update, including Blevins v Blevins [2019] FCCA 1923

Session 2: De Facto Relationships: Not as Clear Cut as You Think

Whilst there are four gateway criteria for assessing whether a de facto relationship exists, there are still ambiguities in the law. This session brings you up to date on the recent cases regarding de facto relationships, including:

  • Current status of the law in finding existence of de facto relationship
  • What do you need to prove the existence of de facto relationship?
  • The importance of living arrangements
  • Impact of COVID-19 on proving de facto relationships
  • The importance of documentary evidence in assessing de facto relationships
  • Risk factors and degrees of separation – what to look for
  • Proving the start and end of de facto relationships
  • Case studies – Finding a de facto relationship where you least expect it

Session 3: Drafting Binding Financial Agreements that Withstand the Test of Time

The Family Law Act 1975 allows couples to enter into financial agreements before, during and following the end of their marriage or de facto relationship concerning division of assets in the event of a separation. However, there is always a potential risk that the financial agreement may be set aside, including where it has failed to meet the legislative requirements or its terms are ambiguous or incomplete. This session provides a practical guide to drafting agreements that are able to withstand both the challenges of a relationship breakdown and the legal scrutiny of the courts, including:

  • Reviewing the legislative requirements for making a financial agreement
  • Drafting appropriate letters of advice
  • The importance of complete financial disclosure from your client
  • Structuring the financial agreement and drafting in clear, unambiguous terms
  • What’s in and what’s out: determining content – property, financial issues, liabilities, proposed division, spousal maintenance claims, children, and pets
  • Incorporating additional complexities: family trusts, family businesses and investments, blended families, taxation implications and superannuation funds
  • Recent cases on financial agreement interpretation, including Warrick v Mia [2018] FamCA 426

Gerry Holmes, Barrister, Accredited Mediator and Accredited Arbitrator, Melbourne (Chair)

Melanie Wilson, Director, Accredited Specialist Family Law, Clancy & Triado, Melbourne

Jacob Clancy, Associate, Clancy & Triado, Melbourne

James Steel, Partner, Accredited Specialist Family Law,  Barry Nilsson Lawyers, Brisbane

  • 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 30 April 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: OFLMAY21
 Price:   $495.00 (Inclusive of GST)