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 Navigating Difficult Family Law Property Settlements – a live lunchtime online conference

Online Conferences,Family Law,Navigating Difficult Family Law Property Settlements – a live lunchtime online conference
Wednesday 7th September 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: All’s Fair in Love and War, except when it comes to Binding Financial Agreements

Fairness is an essential principle in family law, and yet when it comes to determining the validity of a binding financial agreement it seems the principle can be missing in action without implication. This session will explore the current thinking on fairness in binding financial agreements and whether the courts are finding alternatives to strike down “bad bargains”, including:

  • What does “unfairness” mean in the context of binding financial agreements?
  • Section 90G and the omission of a “fairness” requirement
  • What is the difference between an unfair arrangement and unconscionable behaviour? Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49; Saintclaire & Saintclaire [2015] FamCAFC 245; Gongsun & Paling [2020] FamCAFC 244
  • Failure to disclose as grounds for setting aside an agreement – will the new disclosure rules have a positive impact? Is failure to disclose a form of unfairness?
  • Are the courts moving to a test of unfairness under a different name?

Session 2: Initial Contributions and Income in Property Assessments

The biggest cause of litigation in family law arises from disputes over contributions. This session will examine two types of contribution that courts regularly need to consider when deciding on entitlement and recent decisions, including:

  • Initial contributions:
  • Determining the nature and value of assets brought to a relationship
  • Assessing changes in value and other significant impacts
  • How the courts have calculated initial contributions
  • Income:
  • How have courts traditionally dealt with high income earning capacity by one party?
  • Has there been a trend away from treating high income as a normal contribution issue to a special contribution issue?
  • Lessons from recent cases

Session 3: Factoring in Tax in Family Law Property Settlements

Property settlements can often come with potential tax consequences, however tax can often be overlooked when carving up the assets. This session examines the key issues family lawyers need to be across and thorny tax issues that can arise, including:

  • Disposal of assets and CGT issues
  • Tax issues involving the family home
  • Unrealised and hidden tax liabilities you need to consider
  • Spotlight on deemed dividends and Division 7A issues
  • Spotting tax irregularities and other tax skeletons in the accounts
  • Case studies and worked examples

Ian Kennedy AM, Senior Partner, Kennedy Partners, Melbourne, Vic (Chair)

Phillip Sorensen, Barrister, Queensland Bar, Brisbane, Qld

Antonella Sanderson, Principal Solicitor/Director, Family Law Matters, Sydney, NSW

Brett Hartley, Director, Hartley Family Law, Brisbane, Qld

  • 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 12 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: OFLSEP22
 Price:   $550.00 (Inclusive of GST)