Family Law Parenting and Children’s Matters

Explore recent FCFCOA changes with the Lighthouse & Evatt Lists, with SJR O’Neill & JR Jenkins. Learn how to initiate urgent parenting proceedings under Family Law Act reforms & your obligations under S121 of the Act and the ‘Harman Undertaking’. Explore relocation matters, evidence required, orders sought, the approach of the court and recent decisions. Lastly, learn how to support clients dealing with domestic violence, mental health, & substance abuse in family law cases.

Thursday, 13 June 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $353.50

Attend and earn 4 CPD units including:
2.5 units in Substantive Law
1.5 units in Professional Skills


Evelyn Young, Principal, Lighthouse Family Lawyers; Accredited Specialist in Family Law; Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer and Recommended Family & Divorce Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2024

10.30am to 10.40am Morning Break
11.25am to 12.10pm Relocation Refresher: Recent Cases on International, Intrastate and Interstate Movements


  • Assess evidence required to conduct a relocation case: what are the key considerations
  • Consider what orders you should be seeking at the outset
  • How to best position yourself in a relocation case
  • Recent decisions and court’s approach

Presented by Carly Middleton, Partner, Barkus Doolan Winning; Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer and Recommended Family & Divorce Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2024

Professional Skills
9.00am to 9.45am Opening Address: The Lighthouse and Evatt Lists Update

Hear directly from Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia on the developments and updates on the running of the Lighthouse and Evatt Lists in your Family law parenting matters.

Presented by Senior Judicial Registrar Lisa O’Neill and Judicial Registrar Brigid Jenkins, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

9.45am to 10.30am Commencing Urgent Parenting Proceedings Considering the Recent Family Law Act Reforms and Assessing the Risks


  • Assessing what are unacceptable risks: what are the key considerations
  • Considering what orders should you be seeking at the outset
  • Recent interim decisions and court’s approach in list of the reforms

Presented by Rachell Davey, Partner, Family & Relationship Law, Lander & Rogers; Accredited Specialist in Family Law; Leading Parenting & Children’s Maters Lawyer and Recommended Family & Divorce Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2024

10.40am to 11.25am Harman Implied Obligations and Undertakings: Section 121 of the Family Law Act

With the increasing complexity of family law litigation, the prevalence of issues concerning the operation of section 121, Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and Harman implied undertakings are on the rise.

  • Delve into the relevant legal principles and provide an update on recent Full Court decisions in this area

Presented by Justine Clark, Principal, Tisher Liner FC Law; Accredited Specialist in Family Law; Recommended Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2022

Professional Skills
12.15pm to 1.15pm How to Work with and Assist Victims of Family Violence, Mental Health and Drug Issues: Practical Issues to Consider


  • Taking instructions, safety planning and risk assessment
  • Reporting to police and how they can assist
  • Other steps to take to protect the victim
  • Getting the evidence
  • How to mediate with victims of family violence, drugs and mental health
  • Other things to consider including legal remedies and family law proceedings

Evelyn Young
, Principal, Lighthouse Family Lawyers; Accredited Specialist in Family Law; Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer and Recommended Family & Divorce Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2024

Dr Renata Alexander
, Barrister, Holmes List; Recommended Parenting & Children’s Matters Barrister, Doyle’s Guide 2020; author, Family Violence in AustraliaThe Federation Press; author, Family Law in Australia, 10th Edition, LexisNexis
Dr Christopher John Lennings OAM, LSC Psychology
Kellie McDonald, Senior Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service of NSW

12.10pm to 12.15pm Quick Break


Kellie McDonald, Senior Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service of NSW

Ms. Carly Middleton, Partner, Barkus Doolan Winning
Carly Middleton has experience with complex property cases involving family company structures and trust and valuation issues. Carly's practice also focuses on complex parenting matters including matters with an international aspect to them, including Hague Convention litigation. Carly is a dynamic and client-focused lawyer who takes pride in achieving the best outcome for clients, either through litigation or negotiation. Carly has worked exclusively in family law and was previously a Partner of a boutique family law firm in Sydney. Carly has presented papers both in Australia and overseas on Family Law and in 2018 "Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Market" has ranked Carly as and one of the "Leading" Family and Divorce Lawyers in Sydney.

Ms. Justine Clark, Principal, Tisher Liner FC Law
Justine Clark is an experienced and formidable lawyer who has an extensive and precise understanding of family law. She is tremendously skilled in running complex family law matters in a strategic and commercially sensible manner. She has a deep and considered understanding of case law and legislation, and is an expert in the appellate jurisdiction. Justine’s particular areas of expertise include - Complex property / high net worth matters; - Property matters involving companies, trusts, SMSFs, businesses, taxation, disclosure and valuation issues - International property matters - International relocation (parenting) matters - Binding Financial Agreements - Child Support Agreements. Justine's practice covers all manner of property settlements (modest to high net worth), parenting disputes, child support, financial agreements, de-facto and same-sex relationships / marriages, and advice in relation to parentage. Justine graduated from Griffith University with First Class Honours in Law and Arts (Politics) and the University Medal. Upon graduating, Justine was an Associate to Justice Hugh Fraser QC of Queensland's Court of Appeal, and then Legal Associate to the Honourable Peter Young QC of the Family Court of Australia. Justine is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria (and is a member of the LIV Family Law Accreditation Committee, and the Property and Maintenance Committee), and the LGBT Family Law Institute. Since 2017 she has been a Law Institute of Victoria, Accredited Family Law Specialist.

Ms. Rachell Davey, Partner, Lander & Rogers
Rachell has practised in family and relationship law since 2000. She has been involved in all aspects of family law with particular expertise in complex property and financial matters. Rachell holds a Master' of International Law (2005) from the University of Melbourne and practises in international family law matters involving expatriate Australians, or for clients across multiple family law jurisdictions. She is highly adept at resolving complex property matters involving corporate entities, businesses, addressing the taxation implications of settlement and third parties. Rachell has extensive experience drafting financial agreements (both pre and post nuptial) and advising clients of the appropriateness of a financial agreement in their circumstances. She also assists clients with complex parenting arrangements involving interstate and overseas relocation. Rachell is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law (2005) and previous member of the Accredited Specialist Committee. She is listed in Doyle's Guide as a Rising Star in Family Law (2016) and a leading practitioner of Parenting and Children's Matters (2018 to 2022). She has been recognised in Best Lawyers (Australia) for her expertise in Family Law. Rachell is also a regular presenter and author covering family law topics.

Dr Renata Alexander, Barrister, Holmes List
Dr Renata Alexander was admitted to practice in 1979. From 1980 to 1997 she worked as an in-house solicitor and accredited family law specialist at Victoria Legal Aid in Melbourne. From 1997 to 2002 she was a Deputy Registrar with the former Family Court of Australia in Melbourne. She was called to the Victorian Bar in November 2002. Renata has also pursued post-graduate studies and an academic career. She has a Master of Laws by thesis on domestic violence (Monash University) and a PhD in law from Monash University with her thesis ‘Reflections on gender in family law decision making in Australia’. She has written/cowritten books on family law as well as numerous book chapters and articles. She is the coauthor of three books on child abuse and family law, the latest being Family Law in Australia (10th ed, Lexis Nexis, 2021). She is also the sole author of two books on family violence, the latest being Family Violence in Australia: The Legal Response (Federation Press, 2018). She is currently working on a book based on her PhD thesis. Dr Alexander has also been with the Faculty of Law at Monash University for many years. She currently teaches family law in the JD/LLM program. As a barrister, Renata practises exclusively in family law, specialising in family violence, child abuse, parenting cases and the separate representation of children.

Ms. Evelyn Young, Principal, Lighthouse Family Lawyers
Evelyn has practised exclusively in family law since 2011. She has extensive experience in all aspects of family law including property disputes, children’s matters, de facto matters, financial agreements, spousal maintenance, surrogacy and child support. Delivering the best possible outcomes to clients in a practical and cost effective manner is Evelyn’s overriding objective. She is also a trained Collaborative Lawyer, and enjoys assisting clients with the Collaborative Practice process. Evelyn is an Accredited Family Law specialist and is recognised in the 2019-2020 editions of Doyle’s Guide as a Recommended Parenting and Children’s Matter Lawyer. She has written and delivered papers on many areas of family law, and is a regular presenter. She was the joint winner of the 2015 LIV Rogers Legal Writing Award for the best contribution to the Law Institute Journal. Evelyn is a member of the Family Law Advisory Committee to the Accreditation Board of the Law Institute of Victoria for Family Law.

Dr Christopher John Lennings OAM, LSC Psychology
Christopher J. Lennings is a clinical and forensic psychologist and has worked as a clinician, academic and researcher in psychology for the past 44 years. He has published over 100 refereed articles and has presented as many conference papers and conducted more than 50 workshops, mostly on forensic issues. He is an experienced expert at all levels of the State and Commonwealth Court and Tribunal system and continues to work as a reviewer for AHPRA and occasional member of the NCAT. He has conducted almost 4000 forensic evaluations and prepared report for all levels of the criminal and civil justice system. He is a member and Fellow of a number of professional organisations. He was awarded the NSW Forensic College award for Research Excellence in 2008 and for psychological practice and professional work in 2017. In 2013 he was awarded an OAM for his services to psychology.


Family Law Parenting and Children’s Matters


Morning Session
Thursday, 13 June 2024
9.00am to 1.15pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 4
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $353.50
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