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Online family law mediation and collaborative practice - On-demand

Course ID ID21009_FAM1

  • Online
  • 1
  • All

This on-demand material was recorded in August 2020. You can purchase and access this content at any time.

Collaborative practice is the practice of law without recourse to the court system. It is a dispute resolution process in which the parties and their lawyers enter into a contract (the “Participation Agreement”) to resolve a dispute without resorting to often costly and emotionally taxing litigation.

Collaborative practice and mediation for family matters have moved into an online environment during the pandemic. So how does this work?

Join Fiona Kirkman, Principal, Kirkman Family Law and you will learn:

  • The benefits and challenges of online vs face-to-face dispute resolution
  • How lawyers can prepare effectively for mediation and collaborative practice matters
  • Tips for participating in mediating and collaborative practice matters remotely
  • Legal tech tools to assist in the resolution of family law disputes in a post COVID-19 environment, including a brief introduction to Family Property

Recent attendee testimonials:

  • “All excellent presenters”
  • “The format was very good, and it was easier to participate than having to attend a venue”
  • “Very knowledgeable presenters”
  • “Well prepared, good topics, good engagement”

Please consult the CPD rules for your state to ascertain how many CPD points you can claim for private study of audio/visual material during the CPD year.

Due to new reporting requirements introduced by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia on 1 April 2021, practitioners holding WA practising certificates are not currently eligible to claim CPD points for this product.


Full Price $99.00

Alumni/Member Price $89.10


End date:

30 June 2022

Presenter biography

 Fiona Kirkman Principal, Kirkman Family Law

Fiona is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, a Nationally Accredited Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Collaborative Practice Divorce Coach.

Fiona runs her own family mediation practice, Kirkman Family Law, which is focused on resolution without court. In addition, Fiona is the founder of the product FamilyProperty (an innovative family law product that offers a better way to manage family financial matters online and collaboratively) and LawSwitch (a chatbot, document automation and booking page product for law firms).

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.


Mandatories covered

This program covers the mandatory requirement of Professional Skills