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Developments and updates in family law - On-demand

Course ID ID21032_FAM1

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This on-demand material was recorded in November 2021. You can purchase and access this content at any time.

Are you an Australian legal practitioner currently handling or considering taking on family law related matters? 

The new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA)  launched on 1 September 2021. This is the most significant event in family law since 1975 and introduces key changes to case management processes, appeals management, resources as well as new set of court rules and court forms. 

Importantly, there is a single point of entry and a streamlined approach to family law proceedings. 

In light of this significant development, The College of Law and Family Law Accredited Specialist, Kathryn Kearley team up to provide you with this important update.

At the end of this one-hour on-demand, you will: 

  • Understand the impact and structure of the new court
  • Appreciate the family law core principles, practice directions and new case management pathway
  • Learn about the obligations on parties and lawyers to act consistently with the overarching purpose of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 and the core principles
  • Understand the importance of the new family law practice directions and harmonised family law rules
  • Understand how to prepare for and represent clients and advise them as to options and the pathway under the new regime
  • Appreciate the key focus is now on dispute resolution in parenting and financial matters. 

Practitioners holding WA practising certificates are not eligible to earn CPD points for this course. 


Full Price $99.00


End date:

30 June 2022

Presenter biography

 Kathryn Kearley Adjunct Lecturer, The College of Law, Accredited Specialist Family Law

Kathryn Kearley has over 15 years of experience as a law lecturer and more than 25 years in legal practice. She has significant experience in family law, civil litigation, property as well as mediation.

She frequently appears in the Federal Court, Supreme Court, Land & Environment Court, and before the Patents and Trade Marks Office.

Kathryn practised at a number of leading national law firms working in family law, litigation, and property before commencing her own firm in 2001. Kathryn is an accredited family law specialist with the Law Society of NSW.

Kathryn holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (UNSW), Master of Laws (Hons) (UNE) and Master of Higher Education (Macquarie University).


Claiming CPD units

If you intend to claim CPD units for this educational activity, please note that CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW or any other equivalent local authority, with the exception of Western Australia. If you hold a practising certificate in a state or territory other than Western Australia and this educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. The annual requirement is ten (10) CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. Some practitioners, such as accredited specialists are required to complete more than ten (10) units each CPD year.

If you hold a Western Australian practising certificate, please refer to the course description above as to whether you are eligible to earn CPD points for this activity.



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