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Complex Issues in Family Law Property Matters - a half-day online conference

Tuesday 20th August 2019

By: Georgina Gregory

Complex Issues in Family Law Property Matters - a half-day online conference

Kimberly Hunter, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, is the chair for this event run by Television Education Network. Date: Wednesday 21st August 2019 – live online.

1.30 — 1.40 pm
Introduction and welcome

Chair: Kimberly Hunter, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Clancy & Triado, Melbourne

1.40 — 2.30 pm

Session 1:  Carving up the Asset Pool in Property Settlement Matters

An essential component of property division is identifying and valuing the asset pool. However, determining the size of the asset pool can be difficult, particularly where parties have interests in companies, family trusts and SMSFs. This session examines these difficult issues, including:

  • Identifying the relevant ownership structure
  • Navigating complex company and trust arrangements – can they be brought into the pool?
  • What if the party does not have a legal interest or entitlement in a trust but still receives a financial advantage – can the trust be attacked?
  • Identifying relevant interests in a business – either owned personally, or through any form of corporate entity, trust or partnership structure

Speaker:  Kay Feeney, Director, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Feeney Family Law, Brisbane

2.30 — 2.40 pm
Questions and Discussion

2.40 — 2.50 pm
Short break

2.50 — 3.40 pm

Session 2:  After it’s all Over – Counting the Cost of Contributions in Property Matters

The assessment of contributions remains a fraught area in family law, particularly when dealing with initial contributions, windfalls and post-separation contributions. This session assumes you know the basics and instead examines the more difficult aspects of assessing contributions, including:

  • Relevance of timing of contribution:
  • Value of initial contribution
  • Are later contributions given more weight?

What constitutes a post separation contribution and when do you have to disclose? Spotlight on:

  • Significant increases in income
  • Bonuses
  • Growth and development of assets
  • Treatment of windfalls and inheritances
  • Contributions and the role of comparable cases – lessons from Wallis & Manning
  • Case law update, including Pandelis and Pandelis

Speaker: Damien Greer, Principal and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Damien Greer Lawyers, Brisbane

3.40 — 3.50 pm
Questions and Discussion

3.50 — 4.00 pm   
Short break

4.00 — 4.50 pm   

Session 3:  Adjusting for Future Needs in Property Settlements: Time to Take Out the Crystal Ball?

One of the key steps in property settlements is to determine whether there are any special circumstances that require adjustment to the property settlement amount. Sounds simple in theory, but future needs adjustments are anything but an exact science. This session examines the Court’s latest approach to future needs and the more challenging scenarios that can arise.

It covers:

  • What happens when the pool is insufficient to cater for future needs? Should the “clean break” principle still apply?
  • Impact of children on s 75(2) factors
  • Dealing with a high-income earner with very few assets
  • What if there is a significant disparity between the parties’ respective post-separation standards of living?
  • Future needs adjustments and addbacks post Trevi & Trevi
  • Family violence – how is it taken into account in the future needs assessment?
  • Can and should you address future needs via spousal maintenance?
  • Future needs and double-dipping – what to watch out for
  • Update on recent cases

Delegates registered to attend the LIVE event will receive a CPD certificate for attendance.  Lawyers can claim up to 3 CPD units/points – substantive law.  

Speaker: Paul Fildes, Principal and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Taussig Cherrie Fildes Lawyers, Melbourne

4.50 — 5.00 pm   
Questions and Discussion

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