Family Law Basics (1 CLE/CPD point)


60-minute audio session on demand = 1 CLE/CPD point for lawyers*

“Unless you’re specific, you’re leaving things for dispute. Although you might be accused of being overly comprehensive it’s far better to have clarity rather that confusion”

In 2016, over 46,600 divorces were granted in Australia and 46% of those divorces involved children. Separation is complicated and involves children matters and delving in to details around client assets and finances. Where clients can be distressed, confused and depressed; as a lawyer you need to advise, advocate and negotiate for your client.

In this Salvos Legal CLE/CPD for Lawyers audio session onfamily law, Bruce Ryrie does a great job in detailing checklists lawyers can easily adopt when navigating through the process of separation with their clients. This audio session is broken down into three sections which look at best practice in client interviews, preparing applications for court and preparing affidavits in support of applications. You will walk through common legal issues involved with separation such as child support, property and financial matters, domestic violence and divorce.

Throughout this audio session, Bruce also draws significant attention to section 60CC, Section 65DAA and Section75 of the Family Law Act when explaining what information to gather and how to prepare an application for court. Lastly, Bruce explains how he approaches the idea of an alternate resolution process with clients and how these alternate processes can benefit all parties involved.

Listen to this on-demand audio session anywhere and anytime to develop your skill in drafting applications for court, interviewing clients or meet your CLE/CPD requirements.

Here’s a sneak peek of Bruce offering his ideas on how to approach the proposals and issues of clients in a family law matter (preview length: 2 mins)


This continuing legal education audio session on demand will deliver the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand section 60CC of the Family Law Act 1975, relevant to parenting matters in family law
  • Understand the considerations of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia when determining property matters in marital breakdowns
  • Discussion of how to prepare for family law litigation
  • Discussion of trends in family law

Please note that the purchase of this CLE/CPD product allows you to access the recording 5 times over a period of 365 days from the date of purchase.
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Professional Background 

Bruce Ryrie commenced practice as a solicitor in 1978. Over a career that spans four decades, he has undertaken a broad range of matters including family law, criminal law, conveyancing, buying and selling businesses, and mortgage work.

Bruce started the firm Baker Ryrie Rickards Titmarsh in 1988, where he served as a managing partner for 20 years. In 2008, Bruce joined Elliot Tuthill to concentrate on his role as a solicitor. Today, Bruce provides advice in relation to estates, wills, powers of attorney, enduring guardianships and general litigation. He regularly appears in the Local Court, as well as the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, where he represents clients on a diverse area of matters ranging from driving matters and assault to divorce, property division and children’s matters.


With extensive experience in family law and criminal law, Bruce holds NSW Specialist Accreditation in both family law and advocacy. He has also acted for a number of large institutions, including being an Honorary Solicitor for the Master Builders Association, and panel solicitor for various housing societies.

Find out more about Bruce Ryrie and his story here:

* CLE/CPD schemes are based upon self-assessment of an educational activity. In order to count an educational activity towards mandatory CLE/CPD requirements a legal practitioner must determine for themselves that the activity extends their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to their practise or professional development. If you are in WA, please note we are not a WA Law Society accredited CPD/CLE provider and an audio session will not count towards your points.