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It is often with the best intentions that separated parents set out to negotiate arrangements concerning their children, but the devil lies in the detail as to whether these arrangements can be workable, sufficiently flexible to cope with life’s vagaries and, in the end, enforceab

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About the Webinar

It is often with the best intentions that separated parents set out to negotiate arrangements concerning their children, but the devil lies in the detail as to whether these arrangements can be workable, sufficiently flexible to cope with life’s vagaries and, in the end, enforceable. This session will provide a guide to practitioners to drafting thorough and workable parenting consent orders, including:

  • Parenting plan, consent orders or both – balancing the pro’s and con’s
  • Determining what should and should not be in a parenting order – is it all up for grabs?
  • Clarifying your client’s wants, needs and the bottom line
  • What are the characteristics of “good” parenting arrangements?
  • How detailed do the arrangements need to be?
  • Drafting tips for logical, clear and practical orders
  • Key matters for drafters:
    • the major issues to be addressed
    • are there any particular problems? Safety and risk considerations
    • taking the ages of the children into account
    • is it possible to future proof the orders?
    • can and should orders extend to moderating behaviour and emotions?
  • Drafting aids – calendars, timetables and maps
  • Tips for negotiation and managing client’s emotions
  • At what point do consent orders become unworkable?

Presented By

John Spender
Principal, Kennedy Partners Melbourne, Vic

John is a partner of Kennedy Partners. He is recognised throughout the Melbourne family law community as a leading family lawyer and has expertise in all areas of family law, including complex parenting and property disputes, financial and child support agreements, and international matters involving forum and jurisdictional disputes.

John has been practising in family law since 1993. After working in various firms, including a major eastern suburbs law firm in Melbourne, he joined Kennedy Wisewoulds (as the firm then was) in 2007, and became a partner of the firm in 2012.

John has been an accredited family law specialist since 2003. He has been a member of various committees of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria since 2003 chairing the Maintenance and Property Sub Committee between 2011 and 2018 and the Courts Practice Committee since 2019. He was a sessional teacher and marker within the family law elective of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Course with the Australian National University between 2011 and 2016. He has been a sessional lecturer and tutor at Deakin University since 2021.

John is regularly sought out by legal publications and continuing professional development (CPD) providers to contribute to the pool of discussions around the interpretation, and evolving nature, of the court’s approach to resolving family law disputes. He was a consulting editor as to family law precedents for LexisNexis between 2013 and 2015. In June 2019, John co-organised and presented at a family law conference in Malta, involving judicial officers, lawyers and psychologists from each of Malta, Australia and the United States.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in family law – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.

CPD Information

Lawyers can claim up to 1 CPD unit/point – substantive law. This webinar has been designed to run for 1 hour, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion.

WA lawyers – Please note that TEN is unable to verify your completion of recorded webinars to the Legal Practice Board of WA. TEN is an accredited provider.

Enquiries/Assistance

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email: [email protected]

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