Drafting and Procedural Issues in Family Court Proceedings – a Live Online Conference
Wednesday 21st February 2018
Live online:
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas – 1.30 to 5pm
SA 1.00 to 4.30pm
WA 10.30am to 2pm
NT 12noon to 3.30pm
Qld 12.30pm to 4pm
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Our annual 2-day family law conferences are among the most highly regarded professional development events we run, but we realise that not everyone can spare two days out of the office.  So we’re offering you a new way to access the experts online – a half-day online conference, focused on drafting and procedural issues involving Family Court matters.

You can put your staff in the boardroom and watch it there.  You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device.  All for the same low price.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there’ll be a chairman, a panel of experts, presentations and discussion – and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions.

We look forward to welcoming you - from all States and territories of Australia!

Drafting Essentials for Interim Property and Costs Matters:  A Primer for Family Lawyers

The financial statement and affidavit can make or break your client’s interim property application or interim costs order. As these matters are determined “on the papers”, the evidence contained in the financial statement and affidavit is crucial.  It’s important that you get them right, without being swamped by the technical. This practical session shows you how. It covers:

  • Making sense of the financial jargon before putting pen to paper
  • Drafting to ensure the financial circumstances of both parties are adequately set out in the statement
  • Do the figures in the financial statement make sense in light of what you are asking?
  • Ensuring the evidence explains how the costs order is to be met
  • What supporting documentation do you need regarding financial circumstances
  • Drafting when the financial structure is quite complex – involving, for example, multiple trusts or business entities

Defining Best Interests in Parenting Matters

When it comes to parenting matters, determining what is in the best interest of the child is paramount.  This session looks at some of the more challenging “interests of the child” problems in a practical, client focused way.  This session looks at whether equal shared parenting is still the best approach and what is really meant by 50/50.  It covers:

  • What is in the best interest of the child? – s60CC FLA
  • The Court’s approach to determining the child’s best interest:
    • primary considerations
    • secondary considerations
  • Does the court’s approach need to be simplified?
  • The child’s views – are they relevant?
  • Equal time and the child’s best interests
  • Shared parental responsibility and times when there are:
    • more than two parents
    • persons other than parents
  • Drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence and the child’s welfare – how is this taken into account?

Drafting with Precision in Family Law Affidavits

A well-prepared affidavit is the backbone of many family law proceedings. This hands-on session examines some big issues on drafting of affidavits in both parenting and property settlement matters that will benefit your practice and your clients. It covers:

  • Affidavits and the rules of evidence in family law matters – how it impacts your drafting
  • Drafting affidavits for clarity and admissibility
  • Drafting techniques to avoid - use of inadmissible opinion, irrelevant material, long paragraphs and poor structuring,
  • Different affidavits for different matters – be aware of differences in family law matters and how it affects structure
  • How does the affidavit support the order you are seeking in your application?
  • Rules of evidence in children’s cases – how it may impact affidavits
  • Proper use of annexures and exhibits
  • When to use an index or table of contents
  • Case study – drafting a parenting affidavit
  • Case study – Fixing affidavit evidence after a client or practitioner discovers the information is not accurate

Barry Frakes, Director, Watts McCray Family Lawyers, Sydney (Chair)

Peter Magee, Partner, Armstrong Legal, Sydney

Stephen Page, Partner, Harrington Family Lawyers, Brisbane  

Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar, Principal, Coleman Greig Lawyers, Parramatta


Registered delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this online conference.  Lawyers can claim up to 3 CPD units/points (substantive law).

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Conference Coordinator, Jenna Pickrell on (03) 96702055 or email: jenna@tved.net.au
Product Code: OFLFEB18
 Price:   $550.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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