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The essential guide to family law practice and procedure

From $594.00
From $594.00

Date & time: 4 September 2024, 9.00am to 4.00pm AEST

 Join our full-day live webinar to learn key knowledge and skills required to practice family law.

Build your confidence in family law by learning about the legal and regulatory framework, dispute resolution, family law proceedings and your ethical and professional responsibilities.

By attending this webinar, you will: 

  • Understand the legal framework of family law and its practice and procedure in Australia
  • Understand the key role of dispute resolution in the family law system and in practice
  • Identify the dispute resolution processes which apply before and after proceedings are filed
  • Identify the common types of family law matters and the steps in those proceedings
  • Recognise ethical and professional responsibility obligations and issues that arise in family law practice

Facilitated by: 

Kathryn Kearley, Accredited Specialist (Family Law)

Feedback from past attendees:

  • “The lecturer was very knowledgeable. I am a new practitioner that has started in Family Law, and I learnt more here than at university or in the office.”
  • “Excellent presenter, comprehensive content. Fast-paced sessions but not too fast. Good mix of big picture policy and detail.”
  • “Very well-rounded seminar – great detail and resources.”
  • “Kathryn Kearley’s handout is outstanding. More comprehensive than expected.”
  • “Kathryn was a great presenter – interesting and engaging. The materials are excellent.”
  • “For quite a complex area of law, the seminar & the presenter was able to cover a good comprehensive range of topics in a short period of time. She was attentive to questions and managed to address them.”
  • “Kathryn was very passionate and knowledgeable, I learned a lot!”
  • “Kathryn demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience in the subject matter. I found the webinar interesting and well presented.”

At the end of this live webinar, you will earn 6 CPD points.

Course Outline

Topics include:

  1. Jurisdiction of the family law courts
  2. Practice and procedure in the courts
  3. Family law dispute resolution before court action and after court action
  4. Financial cases including property and spouse maintenance
  5. Parenting cases
  6. Affidavits and evidence
  7. Preparing for court events and trial

This live webinar is ideal for practitioners nationwide, recently admitted lawyers, practitioners returning to family law, practitioners transitioning into family law practice.


This webinar is produced in NSW and features a NSW based practitioner. This webinar is available to practitioners from all jurisdictions. 

Please be aware that this webinar organised by the College of Law may be recorded for use on our websites, marketing materials and publications. By attending and participating in a College of Law Continuing Professional Development course, you consent to the College of Law photographing or recording and using your image and likeness and/or voice.

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

Kathryn practised at a number of leading national law firms and is now her own firm. She worked in the areas of family law, litigation and dispute resolution and property practice. 

Kathryn is an accredited family law specialist with the Law Society of NSW, an accredited mediator and collaborative practitioner. 

Kathryn Kearley has over 30 years in legal practice and over 20 years of experience as a law teacher. Kathryn holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (UNSW), Master of Laws (Hons) (UNE) and Master of Higher Education (Macquarie University).


Substantive Law – 2 Points

Professional Skills – 3 Points

Ethics and Professional Responsibility – 1 Point

AEST: Australian Eastern Standard Time

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.