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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  family disputes, costs and legal aid
Topic 7     Disputes involving children: legal and procedural issues
Topic 8     ICL, family consultants' reports, child abuse and abduction
Topic 9     Financial support for the family: Child support and child maintenance
Topic 10   Adjustment of  Property interests
Topic 11   Interim and urgent property 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of Family Law;Knowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate an ability to analyse, research, reason and apply the principles of Family Law to generate responses to practical situations;Creativity
3demonstrate knowledge of alternative types of dispute resolution including, mediation, arbitration and conciliation, known as Family Dispute Resolution under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth);Knowledge of a discipline
4Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical frameworks applying to Family Law professional practice.Ethical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of Family Law;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an ability to analyse, research, reason and apply the principles of Family Law to generate responses to practical situations;
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. demonstrate knowledge of alternative types of dispute resolution including, mediation, arbitration and conciliation, known as Family Dispute Resolution under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth);
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical frameworks applying to Family Law professional practice.
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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