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Our managing director, Paul Staindl, is chairing an online conference on 4 March 2020 regarding the difficult aspects of parenting cases

Monday 17th February 2020

By: Georgina Gregory

Managaing Director Paul Staindl chairs this online conference - Wednesday 4th March 2020.


Session 1:  The Problem of Parental Alienation in Family Law

It’s not unusual in marriage or relationship breakdowns for an acrimonious dispute to arise between the respective couple. However, what happens when one party turns the children against the other party? This session covers:

  •     What is being said and how do you prove it? How parental alienation arises
  •     What are the implications for the parent being accused?
  •     Through the child’s eyes – understanding the impact of parental alienation
  •     How the Courts might rule on parental alienation
  •     Practical strategies when advising clients


Session 2: Contravention Cases: When Parents Don’t Comply

Recent high-profile examples have shone a spotlight on the challenges that arise when one parent fails to return a child in contravention of parenting orders. This session examines the myriad of evidentiary and procedural requirements involved in contravention proceedings. It covers:

  •     What does the Court consider to be a “reasonable excuse” in contravention cases?
  •     When is it time to act and alert the authorities?
  •     What is the procedure involved for legal representatives?
  •     What do you tell your client?
  •     When does “running late” cross over to the criminal jurisdiction?
  •     What should be in the application and supporting application?
  •     Cost orders and penalties


Session 3:  Domestic Violence: The Fundamentals for Family Lawyers

Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality for many clients. This session examines the key issues family lawyers must consider when dealing with domestic violence matters, particularly in parenting matters. It covers:

  •     Types of domestic violence – physical, economic, technological
  •     How easy is it to get a DV order?
  •     Dynamic between state and federal courts
  •     Domestic violence – its impact on presumptions of parental responsibility and parenting orders
  •     How does domestic violence impact the mediation requirement?
  •     How do state-based family violence orders sit with parenting orders of the Family Court?:
  •         - what happens when there is a family violence order in place but no parenting order?
  •         - what if there is a family violence order and parenting order in place and they are in conflict?
  •     Reporting obligations and domestic violence

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