Live Webinar: Blended Family Dynamics: Parental Responsibilities and Rights in Family Law


Date:  Monday 5th February 2018 – Online:
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas:  3pm to 5pm 
SA: 2.30pm to 4.30pm  WA: 12noon to 2pm 
NT: 1.30pm to 3.30pm  Qld: 2pm to 4pm

There are many variations to the blended family. It can become difficult to determine when the law will recognise a person as a parent of a child. This session examines the parental status of the parties in blended family situations, along with the rights and responsibilities that follow. It covers:

  • When is a child a child? Understanding what relationships the law recognises:
    • long-term foster children
    • non-biological children
    • adopted children
  • What is the status of step children?
    • step children of marriages and de facto relationships –when do step children cease to be step children?
    • death of a natural parent or relationship breakdown– where does it leave the step parent?
  • What are the legal parenting rights of non-biological parents?
  • When will the court grant parenting orders in relation to a non-biological parent?
  • Child support obligations towards non-biological children
Our presenter

Antonella Sanderson, Principal Solicitor & Accredited Specialist Family Law, Family Law Matters, Cronulla, NSW

As a law student, Antonella knew early on in her studies that she would dedicate her career to family law. 

Admitted in 1999, Antonella took a brave step in 2002 and established her own practice, as she believed in making a positive change to the way people are touched by family law.   Since then, Antonella has developed a business where talented and passionate people can foster their career in family law in a nurturing and encouraging environment.  The practice mission is that during challenging times, their clients will be navigated to a resolution, so they may begin a new journey.  

Her achievements include 14 years in business (8 of those years as a single parent), gaining accreditation as a family law specialist, appointment to the Family Issues Committee of the Law Society of NSW, trained as a Collaborative Law Professional, trained as an Arbitrator, and finally plucking up the courage to take up scuba diving.


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.


Live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim up to 2 CPD [CLE] units/points – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 2 hours, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion, and the minimum length of the webinar is 1.5 hours.

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:

Attending a TEN webinar couldn’t be easier. Basically it’s just like attending a seminar except that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your office or home. You just need to be available at the appointed date and time with your computer and internet connection.

Once you’ve registered for the webinar, we send you a link so that you can login to the webinar from your computer. The speaker delivers the session from their computer in real time. Just like a live seminar, you can ask questions of the speaker. You simply type your question into the question box and the speaker responds to it during question time.
At the end of the webinar session we send you a certificate to confirm your attendance and the number of CPD hours you earned.

You will need a computer with sound, an internet connection and earphones if you need to participate in the webinar in an open office environment (so you don’t disrupt those around you).

Product Code: RBDFEB18
 Price:   $253.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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