Unit description

Examines in detail the provisions of the Family Law Act and the Child Support Legislation. Introduces students to the relationship of traditional families and the family in its extended form to the existing legal system and explores the legal rights and obligations of family members with a particular focus on parenting, property and violence.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to family law practice
Topic 2 Family law in contemporary Australian society
Topic 3 Constitutional and jurisdictional issues, the courts and dispute resolution
Topic 4 Marriage and divorce
Topic 5 Violence and abuse
Topic 6 Overview of procedure in children and property disputes; costs and legal aid
Topic 7 Disputes involving children: Law, procedure and applications
Topic 8 ICL, family consultants' reports, child abuse and abduction
Topic 9 Financial support for the family: Child support and child maintenance
Topic 10 Property: Law, procedure and applications
Topic 11 Property: Interim and urgent applications and agreements between the parties
Topic 12 Financial support for former married and de facto partners

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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