Family Law Conference
Start time 15 Aug 2019 9:00am (Australia - Melbourne)
End time 15 Aug 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Location Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne
Speaker See full program for details.
Catering Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Designed for Legal practitioners
Product Code C19017

Family Law Conference

15 Aug 2019 9:00am - 15 Aug 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

This program will be chaired by:

Bruce Geddes QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar


Rose Lockie, Partner, Gadens

Family Law Legislation Updates and New Developments for 2019 

This session will address recent and emerging legislative developments and updates including:

  • Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross examination of Parties) Act 2018;
  • The Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (Vic);
  • Fee contributions and changes to the cost of an Independent Children’s Lawyer
  • The Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Act 2018;
  • Key updates including extensions to the Family Law Amendments (2018 Measures No1) Rules 2018.
  • Family Violence Plan released by the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia; and
  • Amendments to the Restraining Order Legislation.

Presented by: Annelis Bos, Partner, Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer in Victoria, Doyle’s Guide 2019, Coote Family Lawyers

Family Law Reform and Restructure - Next Steps and Impact on Practitioners and Clients 

Hear from a leading Family Law Practitioner on the ongoing challenges arising from the proposed restructure of the Family Law system.

The Australian Law Reform Commission Review’s Final Report, Family Law for the Future – An inquiry into the Family Law System was released in March 2019.

How many of the final 60 recommendations within the report are likely to be adopted and if so, when? What impact would these changes have on you and your clients?

Presented by: Keturah Sageman, Partner and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Nicholes Family Law

Family Law Judgements - Case Update 2019 

This session will provide a review of recent, significant cases and trends up to August 2019 from the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court.

This case update will include:

Property Matters                         

  • Scott & Scott [2019] FamCAFC 9
  • Bullow & Bullow [2019] FamCAFC 3
  • Sully & Sully [2018] FamCA 786
  • Tamaris & Tamaris [2018] FCCA 3696

Taxation related matters

  • Commissioner of Taxation for the Commonwealth of Australia v Tomaras [2018] HCA 62

            Sperm donor related matters

  • GLS v Russell-Weisz and Ors [2018] WASC 79
  • Re Cresswell [2018] QSC 142
  • ‘Masson’ and ‘Parsons’ [2019] HCA

            Children’s Matters

  • Cao & Cao [2019] FamCAFC 252
  • Ardagh (No.2) [2018] FamCAFC 160

Presented by: Damian Harriss, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Mills Oakley

 Relocation Case Applications  

The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) does not contain specific provisions which deal specially with relocation. Cases dealing with the proposed relocation of children are difficult to deal with, as there are numerous factors taken into account by the court when deciding what is in the best interest of the child. These cases are also often difficult to settle.

By reference to recent cases, our presenter will outline the essential steps and information to include when:

  • Preparing  Relocation Application documents
  • Considering evidence and managing client expectations
  • Entering negotiations
  • Running the case
  • Settlement tactics

Presented by: Emma Swart, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Extended Family Impact On Financial Contributions and Children’s Care Arrangements 

This session will look at the impact of the extended family dynamic as it relates to the issue of financial contributions from family members to a party in family law matters. How are the contributions treated by the court and what are the common types of contributions claimed by parties in dispute.

The session will also address the issues that can arise when a parent is actually being supported by family members in providing parental care, instead of the parent taking responsibility and doing it themselves. How do you deal with issues of evidence and determining at what point that parent is not actually providing the parental responsibility.

Self-Service Evidence Gathering 

Recording conversations:

What advice should you give when your client seeks your advice on whether they can record private conversations to use as evidence or as a pressure tactic? Jurisdictional legislative differences can also impact when a conversation is recorded in one state or territory, to be used in another state or territory.



What would you advise your client if they asked whether they could use a surveillance device to track an ex-partner? Or if they believe they are being monitored? What are the legal parameters around the use of surveillance devices by parties seeking to obtain evidence to their advantage?  

Presented by: Barry Berger, Partner, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Berger Kordos Lawyers

Ethical Considerations for Family Lawyers  

This session will provide insights and guidance for best practice, both for the client and for the practitioner. As Family Law legislation develops and changes, Family Law clients continue to be distressed, the caseload continues to be demanding, and complaints can arise. As a Family Law practitioner, it is essential to implement effective policies, build resilience and maintain wellbeing across our workplaces.

  • What does a successful outcome for all parties look like?
  • Practical guidance on how to reduce the risk of a complaint
  • Developing a personalised and proactive approach to managing vicarious traumatisation and build resilience
  • Think innovation!

Presented by: Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Total CPD Units: 6.0

Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 1.0
Professional Skills: 1.0
Substantive Law: 4.0
(includes GST)