|Wednesday 10th November 2021
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
UNTIL THE EVENT
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: Escape to the Country: Negotiating Relocation Arrangements
One of the significant impacts of covid-19 has been the increasing change in location of domicile, with expats moving home, people choosing to live closer to extended family or care for the elderly, movement for job opportunities following redundancy and a desire to relocate for health and wellbeing. As a result, relocation can impact family arrangements and agreements under the Family Law Act. This session will provide a guidance to the issues arising from relocation, including:
- Preliminary advice for a client deciding to re-locate
- To what extent can one parent restrain another from relocating?
- Proposing a relocation agreement and key terms
- Other options for negotiation, including family dispute resolution/mediation
- Drafting parenting plans or consent orders for relocation
- Application to the Family Court for permission to relocate – what does the applicant needs to show and what factors will the court consider?
- Determining the best interests of the children – a discussion of relevant cases
- What constitutes the “legitimate interests and desires of the parents”?
- What to do if a party relocates prior to obtaining the other party’s consent?
- Overseas relocation issues and the application of the Hague Convention for abducted children
- Has covid-19 impacted courts’ decision making on relocation? Re PT (A Child)  EWHC 834; I.C. (A  IEHC 217; Comar & Comar  FamCAFC 99; Biondi & Koen  FamCA201
Session 2: Navigating the Child Support Maze
The child support system has undergone considerable changes since its inception, which have led to complexities in navigating the system. With a focus on binding child support agreements, this session will provide a deep dive into the current state of play of the system and what practitioners need to know to consider the best option for their client, including:
- Private child support arrangements – when should these be considered?
- Limitations to be aware of Limited Child Support Agreements
- Binding Child Support Agreements:
- Requirements and application
- Benefits and disadvantages
- Negotiation and drafting tips
- Termination and setting aside: Rake & Rake  FCCA 3181; Martyn v Martyn  FamCA 526
Session 3: Parenting Orders for Children with Special Needs
The requirements for the court to consider the best interests of the child can be complicated where the child has autism or other special needs. This session will provide a guide to practitioners and what matters need to be taken into account when considering the nature of the parenting arrangements, including:
- What challenges do families with special needs children have?
- Initial meetings with a client with a child with special needs – asking the right questions
- Making assessments and obtaining expert advice
- Strategies for minimising risks to children in separation, negotiation and seeking orders
- Designing orders to meet the needs of the child, including:
- Shared custody and the impact of changes to routine
- Other children of the family: Cullen & Cullen  FamCA 110
- Medical considerations
- Capability of parents to look after the child Hamilton & Logan  FamCA 647
- Relationship between the parents
- Ongoing needs where a child may never be independent
- Financial considerations, including setting up a special needs trust
- Support and resources for practitioners
Paul Fildes, Principal, Taussig Cherrie Fildes, Melbourne (Chair)
Genevieve Dee, Partner, Lander & Rogers, Brisbane
Cath Devine, Barrister,Victorian Bar, Melbourne
Adam Bak, Family Lawyer, Director, Farrar Gesini Dunn, Canberra
- 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 13th October 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]